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A young family started the Lent season by going to Church.  The seven year old was intently trying to figure our what Ash Wednesday was all about.  She stared at the minister as he made the sign of the cross on everyone’s forehead saying, “Remember you are but dust, and to dust you shall return.”  After it was her turn, she blurted out, “Mommy, what IS butt dust?

 

 

 



Are you frequently irritable or down in the dumps? Did you know that what you eat and drink can have a significant effect on your mood?

Nutritional experts agree that what you eat directly affects how you feel. Eating a heart-healthy diet that's high in fiber and low in saturated fat is a great place to start. Limiting your intake of alcohol, which is a chemical depressant, and caffeine, which can lead to sleep problems, are some other healthy choices.

There are also many foods you can add to your diet that will actually help boost your mood. Try making some of these changes to your diet for an extra oomph:

Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
Fruits and vegetables contain tons of key nutrients and antioxidant phytochemicals, which directly contribute to your health. Did you know that there are some produce that are so saturated with pesticides that the toxic chemicals are even found in the seeds in the core?  Washing them will not help.  Lucky for us, the Environmental Working Group compiles scientific tests to identify the best and worst  contaminated foods.   If you avoid the “dirty dozen", you can cut down 90% of your family’s exposure to ingesting toxic chemicals.  They provide a wallet sized Shopper’s Guide.

Eat fish regularly.
Fish, particularly fatty fish like salmon, which is high in omega-3 fatty acids, has been shown to reduce depression. Other good sources of omega-3 fish that tend to be low in mercury: sardines, herring and pollock (for a smart seafood guide click here).  You may want to avoid farm raised fish which are grown in dense conditions with a concentration of  hormones, antibiotics, and their waste, which cause disease. Dr. Oz recently revealed the practice that farm raised salmon are fed red dye before they are harvested to cover up that they are so sickly their flesh is white.

Eat foods rich in vitamin B12 and folic acid.
Folic acid is found in beans and leafy green vegetables. Vitamin B-12 is found in animal products.  Studies have shown even non-vegetarians can be low on B-12, so a good sub-lingual supplement along with acidophilus is helpful.

Get enough vitamin D.
Low levels of vitamin D lead to greater risk of mood disorders, and seasonal affective disorder. Foods do not naturally contain Vitamin D.  The best source is exposure of skin to the sun so our bodies will manufacture it.  Try to get at least 15 minutes a day, or take a supplement.

Avoid Refined Sugar and Caffeine
Although both will give you an initial rush, when the effects wear off, you will be in a low. They actually do more to destroy healthy moods in the long term, including artificial sweetners.  It may take 30 days to adjust to a healthier diet, but choosing more fresh, organic, fresh fruits and vegetables will  be an energizing boost!

Eat a piece of dark chocolate!
Small amounts of dark chocolate have a positive effect on brain endorphin levels (feel-good chemicals produced by our bodies).

If you missed last month’s article and recipe on chocolate you can click here.

 

Gracious is the Lord and just; yes our God is merciful.  Ps 116: 5

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