Have you ever thoughtabout how the foods you eat may affect the way you feel? Certain food can makeyou feel good—or bad—for different reasons. Whether it is the food itself, itstaste, your nutrition goals or what you associate with the food, choosingfeel-good foods can help you stay on track with your health and well-being.
Focus on nutrient-dense foods
These foods are key togood health and sustainable energy levels. Examples include fruits andvegetables, whole grain foods, nuts, seeds, healthy oils, and lean proteins.
Boost your brainpower
Foods that benefit yourbrain include those high in healthy fats like avocados, olives and olive oil,nuts and seeds, fish and lean meats, and nutritious carbs like whole grains,fruits and vegetables.
Much of your hunger iscontrolled by hormones so skipping meals or having an irregular eating schedulecan result in an imbalance of hormones that can make you irritable or “hangry.”
Focus on healthy fats
They are a great source ofenergy and help your body absorb vitamins and minerals from foods. Includenuts, healthy oils such as olive and canola, avocado, and cold-water fish, suchas salmon and trout.
Consider your nutrition goals
If you are working towarda specific goal such as improving your nutrition, selecting foods that benefitthis goal will give you a boost in confidence and motivation, whereas if youregularly choose foods that are not in line with your goal, you may feel frustratedand discouraged.
Make your favourite comfort foods healthier
Whether it is an oldfamily recipe, a food you associate with a happy memory or just a traditional“comfort” food, consider what you can do to make the recipe healthier.
Avoid loading up on sugar, caffeine and “junk” foods
While they may provide atemporary pick-me-up, they result in a “crash” that can leave you feeling evenmore depleted. Enjoy these foods in moderation and as a way to treat yourself.Little indulgences of this type can be nourishing!
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