Whole Foods Make You Happier

There was an interesting article in Life Extension recently talking about how the Standard American Diet is linked to increased risk of depression and other health issues. Hmmm, could that be why it’s called SAD?

Something as simple as the food choices we make several times a day can provide the necessary nutrients we need to contribute to better health and mood.  So what foods do the opposite?  Studies prove that eating a diet loaded with processed sugar and grains, white table salt and bad fats are linked to increased risk of depression, heart disease, obesity and diabetes. No big surprise there.

How can you avoid those traps and eat in a way that improves your health and your mental/emotional state?  According to this article, it’s just what I’ve been recommending to my clients – getting back to basics:

Eating fresh, unprocessed, whole foods – clean protein, vegetables, fresh fruits and whole grains in moderation.  It’s the difference between:

Frosted Flakes and scrambled eggs for breakfast;

a bologna sandwich on white bread and a chicken burger on a grilled Portobello mushroom cap for lunch; and

fast food fried chicken and mashed potatoes and  a piece of roasted chicken and a salad loaded with fresh veggies for dinner.

It’s not difficult, complicated, boring or tasteless!  It may take changing your normal pattern of eating and shopping for different items, but if you want to reduce your risk of depression, heart disease, diabetes, it’s a no-brainer!

Keep in mind you need balance in all areas of life – including your diet.  So that’s why I mention fruits and healthy, whole grains and starchy veggies in moderation.  Too much, of anything, can cause problems, but I don’t suggest totally eliminating any food group.  I recommend eating beans and legumes.  Potatoes, for example, are not on my hit list!  A baked potato is a great accompaniment to a burger (with no bun) IF you don’t load it up with sour cream and butter!  Eating a starchy vegetable or whole grain with your protein helps convert the amino acid tryptophan in the protein to serotonin, the feel good brain chemical.

Using food as fuel to nourish our bodies and choosing the highest quality, fresh, whole foods and combining them in a balanced way is the simplest way to ensure good health – physically, mentally and emotionally.

Are you intentionally using your food as high octane fuel for your body?  Do you notice a difference in your mental/emotional state when you do?


About amusico

I am a holistic health coach and independent nutritional consultant. All my coaching plans are based on my 3-D Living program and a big part of that are the Youngevity Products and Supplements I proudly offer! Visit my website at http://www.threedimensionalvitality.com and learn more about the products and my coaching plans!
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11 Responses to Whole Foods Make You Happier

  1. Cindy Hirch says:

    Great post Ann!
    I can definitely tell a big difference with the changes I made to my already healthy eating plan a year ago. With each additional change I’ve made or something that I’ve added I am that much closer to reaching my goals. I can definitely tell overall when I eat healthy consistently or if I decide to indulge in junk. On the days I choose healthy I have more energy. On the days when junk calls the next day there is inflammation and overall malaise.

    • amusico says:

      Thanks for your comments Cindy. I always find it fascinating how much of a difference diet makes and how easily we feel the difference.

  2. Ann,

    My sister was having some health issues and recently switched to a whole food diet and is feeling much better! I know that I feel less energetic when I skip my healthy shake that is packed with whole foods, so I can certainly see that food can affect your mood. Thanks for providing some healthy alternatives.

    Have a Victorious Day!
    Marianne Clements

  3. fatherofonewebsite says:

    Does my bad food habits affect my mood? Do they ever! It’s like night and day. I’ve found that when I’m eating great and exercising, I can actually do better on a little less sleep. Otherwise, I’m in a brain-fog. I heard Zig Ziglar say before that most people feed their dogs better than they do themselves!

  4. Cam says:

    I have learned this information, both personally looking back on my life and differing diets, and from my research.

    I hadn’t caught the “S.A.D.” acronym, but it is great and true! 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!

  5. Thanks to you, Ann, I am now VERY intentional about my food choices… God bless you!

  6. Claudia Good says:

    Yes!!!! I do! It makes a huge difference for me. 🙂 Thanks for the reminder to keep pursuing it!

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