Mood and food – keeping your spirits up

Food can affect how we feel in many ways.
 It can comfort us when we are feeling low, think chocolate!
It can make us feel bad if we think we have eaten too much again think chocolate!
Sometimes food memory can make us feel good or bad, for instance being on a diet can feel like martyrdom and if this is the case, then there will be little pleasure to be enjoyed around food.
Or we may associate certain foods with previous bad experiences. School dinners with tapioca pudding do it for me. YUK.
 Most importantly, food can help us keep our brains in good condition and if we are well nourished we tend to be able to think straight.
Feeling good comes in a great part from a diet which provides the right amount of starchy foods (carbohydrates) eaten regularly through the day for stable blood glucose levels. The brain depends upon sufficient glucose to function at its best.
Starting the day with breakfast is always a good idea. Even if you are pushed for time, a bowl of cereal and milk with a hot drink or a glass of fruit juice takes minutes to prepare and eat.
Then at lunch and dinner make sure that you have a good variety of foods which provide protein vitamins and minerals for good balance. 
Eating this way will mean that you shouldn’t suffer from the post lunch dip and will be able to keep bright as a button from morning to night.

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