"You are what you eat" isn't just a saying anymore, especially when it's a known fact that all the things entering your mouth can actually affect your mood! No matter how sexy your diet is making you, it isn't going to work out if you've been eating your feelings all along.
1. Anger Management
Has every little thing been pissing you off? If you've got no more patience for your officemates, girlfriend, the parking attendant or your mom, make sure to have a something refreshing to cool you down! Since your temper's been going through the roof, tame that tantrum with a yummy green mango shake, some orange juice or a fruity sorbet with a lot of vitamin C. Why do you think beach bums are always having the time of their life? That's because all the fresh fruit of the tropics never gives them a reason to blow up! Eating dairy products like milk (ice-cream) or cheese will not help the situation as much as a spicy bowl chilli will! You don't need anything else to make you heat up, so avoid that Tabasco like the plague.
2. Staying Happy
Most people turn to a box of chocolates or a dozen donuts to aid that broken heart, but in reality, these sweet delights provide the strongest sugar-rush of all, and the worst crash too. Everyone with a sweet tooth will agree that sugar is addictive, and not having your necessary fix will put you in a terrible mood! Replace all that merengue and ice cream with magnesium-rich foods that can naturally boost your serotonin levels! Unprocessed peanut butter, bananas, baked potatoes, mangoes, berries and pineapples make a perfect menu for staying happy!
3. Stress busters
Tired all day long? Too much work on your plate and procrastination getting the best of you? Having a heaping serving of anything with berries will lighten up the mood in no time! A blueberry cheesecake, some strawberries with cream or a good ol' berry smoothie is loaded with vitamins to clear your head and pipe out all the stress that's been building up! You'll get an extra surge of energy to get through the rest of the day.
4. Sleep Aid
Having a glass of warm milk before bed is a well-known trick to help you doze off, but there are loads of other high-glycemic foods that can definitely have you in dream land within no time! Jellybeans, bread, mashed potates, cornflakes, and an all-time favorite, white malt (like Horlicks) are perfect substitutes to a Tylenol PM!
5. Fatigue Fighter
Have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning? Do you get that lethargic, heavy feeling throughout the day? Your body's telling you that it's tired, and you need some energy to boost your system! Popeye got his energy from spinach, so you should follow the sailor's example and do the same! Oatmeal, yogurt, nuts and beans are also an excellent source of energy, as well as a good, hearty steak every once in awhile! Be sure to load up with some B12 vitamins before a long work-week ahead!