Valentine’s Day may be over—but who says we can’t feel the love all year round? One of the best ways to show yourself some love is by enjoying wholesome, delicious food.
What happens when you do that? As it turns out, a whole lot. Read on to learn more!
Food makes you happy
This one might seem pretty obvious—who doesn’t feel happy when digging into their favorite dessert or a delicious breakfast with friends?
But food can make you feel better emotionally beyond that first bite. According to a BBC report, one way to boost production of dopamine (a neurotransmitter that affects the reward and pleasure parts of your brain) is to eat tyrosine-rich, protein-packed foods such as eggs, chicken, avocado and more. So… fuel your day with some Protein Packed Avocado Toast, Scrambled Eggs or your favorite chicken salad and see how you feel!
Other foods are great for boosting your mood, too. According to a Harvard Health report, 95 percent of serotonin (another neurotransmitter that affects your mood) comes from the digestive system, so your health here can definitely impact your overall outlook! The report suggests enjoying fermented foods, including pickles and sauerkraut, to boost your probiotic health and, potentially, your mood.
Boost your brain
You know those days when you simply can’t concentrate? Or maybe you’re working on a project that has you stumped? Show yourself some love by reaching for one of many brain-boosting foods. Fatty acids, such as those found in avocados and salmon, can promote healthy brain function. Meanwhile, many of your favorite fruits and veggies—especially blueberries, strawberries, spinach, tomatoes and more—are loaded with antioxidants that help your focus and memory.
It doesn’t stop there. Many times, a “foggy mind” is caused by an inability to focus because we’re hungry! Opt for filling, fiber-rich foods, and complex carbohydrates that keep you feeling fuller, longer, so that you can power through tasks without losing focus as you dream about that next meal.
Staying on track
Looking for ways to eat healthier long-term? While you might feel the need to split your pantry into “good foods” and “bad foods,” studies suggest that the key to a nutritious lifestyle isn’t quite so black-and-white. Researchers from Baylor University and Vanderbilt University found that those who don’t avoid foods they like (and instead focus on working them into a nutritious routine of moderation) are able to feel more motivated on their health-minded journey.
We all know eating good food is, well, good for us—but maybe we didn’t know just how good the effects can be! Be sure to feel the foodie love at Peach Valley real soon.