Few things affect our state of mind, aka our mood, as profoundly as food. Women being propelled by some mysterious hormonal force to eat chocolate during PMS is one good example. There’s just something in that chocolate that makes them feel so good!
Emotional Ties To Food Changes Your Mood
Aside from the emotional ties around food, there is also the physiological side that affects your mood. We’ve all seen children throwing fits in the cereal aisle or at the checkout stand where all the sweets have been placed for impulse buying. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never seen such outbursts in the broccoli aisle.
People crave almost instinctively comfort foods. These foods are high in carbohydrates, which the body immediately converts into sugar upon consumption. Consuming processed and refined foods which contain exorbitant amounts of sugars and artificial ingredients and practically no dietary fiber, renders the eater into a blood sugar nightmare.
False Sense of Energy
Even cooked starches that are considered healthy such as sweet potatoes, brown rice, and whole grain pasta are converted into simple sugars quickly in the body. This gives an immediate burst of false energy and a short-lived sense of well being. It is then followed by a nasty letdown and what some call ‘self-induced hypoglycemia.’ That crash after the sugar high.
In order to feel better after the letdown phase, which can make people feel exhausted, cranky, and unable to focus, the body compels one to simply eat more of the substance that gave it that happy rush in the first place. Now we see how we get set up for addictions. Ever tried to be in a good mood, feel jubilant about life or get lots of work done when you are in the throes of caffeine withdrawal?
The main function of most anti-depressants on the market is to enhance the uptake of that famous ‘feel-good hormone’ serotonin. When this brain chemical is low, people crave carbohydrates and comfort foods in order to get it.
But if we learn how to nourish the brain properly, we need not suffer from nutrient or serotonin deficiencies. Consequently, we can avoid the addictions that keep us bound to the constant highs and lows. There is a sound and foolproof way to accomplish this.
Raw Vegan Diet
A raw vegan diet is so helpful in maintaining stable moods. It is due to the fact that there are no toxins, addictive substances, or artificial ingredients in living foods. Moreover, raw foods are loaded with fiber to keep the intestinal tract and colon in tip-top shape and clean.
If the colon is overloaded with waste, this waste is recirculated back into the bloodstream again and again. How peaceful or blissful can you feel when your body’s own waste is nourishing your brain? Consumption of foods that are high in fiber and not too high in natural sugars helps to eliminate the wild blood sugar swings that are notorious for depleting our serotonin supplies.
After a period of detoxification, which may sometimes be a bumpy road as your emotions are detoxified as well, the mind becomes clearer and sharper. Better health also brings an improved outlook on life. It also gives a renewed hope that other improvements are possible. When you begin to look and feel better, perhaps by dropping a few pounds or your skin clears up, you definitely begin to strike a more cheerful tone. It’s only natural!
On a raw food diet, your brain becomes cleansed and nourished on a cellular level. Your senses sharpen and you begin to see the sun come out in your life once again. This is not to say that you need to go on a raw food diet. I wanted to share some of the many benefits that a raw food diet can bring. If you can incorporate more fruits and veggies into your diet will help TREMENDOUSLY!
The best way to incorporate more into your diet is through the consumption of green smoothies. Green smoothies are packed with antioxidants and full of vitamins and minerals to help your body heal from any damage that it may have. It also helps to regulate your digestive tract.
Your body will thank you for the kindness you have shown it by intaking more fruits and veggies.
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