Food and emotions
Sweet dreams are made of cheese who am I to diss a brie, I cheddar the world and the feta cheese everybody’s looking for stilton!- Not by Annie Lennox.
Do you have any idea how we as mere humans react so well to food? Well to start with we have six Senses.
The first thing that comes straight to my mind is taste and yes-the taste sensation is used when you are preparing a meal-how sweet or sour, how salty or bitter. I’m sure you have all dipped the spoon in the bowl before its finished cooking ,down to pure lust from your taste buds of course.
Next you would not be able to taste without your sense of smell! If someone walks past a fish and chip shop you can smell let alone drawl over the fried chips, salt and vinegar and battered fish creeping its way up our nostrils.. You do your best to resist, right…..
Then you have sound, sadly this one is highly underrated, A champagne cork pops, the crackle from freshly baked bread, the breaking noise of celery and you are instantly reminded of celebrations! Well with the champagne anyway!
Then touch, ice-cream and mash look the same until your touch them. You feel avocados, mangos and pears to establish the ripeness long before you taste then.
So what is the elusive sixth sense? Intuition? Like knowing when lacking one ingredient you know what to substitute it with. No, the sixth sense is memory.
Food relates us to memories, when we find a good restaurant we go back-if we like the taste of something we ask the chef what it is, we remember exactly where we are when we find a certain food or dish has attracted our attention.
Food is associated with our senses but it is sometimes overlooked how much they are related to our emotions. Your happy hormones can be enticed by certain vitamins and minerals from food. Of course you have the normal aphrodisiacs which I talked about in a previous article called Cook and Hook but nothing can replace an amazing emotion or memory…..
Magnesium is found to help someone relax, it is also an important to nearly every function with body tissue and to assist with the immune system. Think dark leafy greens, nuts and seeds, fish, soybeans, avocados, bananas, dark chocolate and low-fat yogurts.Valerian tea and root is also a fantastic way to enhance relaxation.
Vitamin B complex plays a major role in maintaining proper brain chemistry, deficiency in certain B vitamins are very common in people who suffer from depression. Some B vitamins help release energy and assist with mood and emotions. Think milk products such as cheese, yogurt, ham, pork, chicken,almond, tuna, whole wheat dark green leaf vegetables, nuts, eggs and of course bananas.
Food for a low mood
They say an apple a day could — if eaten with the rest of these foods — keep the psychiatrist away, at least for stretches of time. Like berries, apples are high in antioxidants, which can help to prevent and repair oxidation damage and inflammation on the cellular level. They are also full of soluble fiber, which balances blood sugar swings.
Seeds– When your close to reaching for crisp or chocolate don’t listen to it saying “I will take away your pain!” Seeds are the best, flaxseed, hemp seeds, and chia seeds are especially good for your mood because they are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Fuhrman writes, “Not only do seeds add their own spectrum of unique disease-fighting substances to the dietary landscape, but the fat in seeds increases the absorption of protective nutrients in vegetables eaten at the same meal.”
Tomatoes try to eat at least six baby tomatoes in a salad each day with a meal because tomatoes contain lots of folic acid and alpha-lipoic acid, both of which are good for fighting depression. Studies show an elevated incidence of folate deficiency in patients with depression. In most of the studies, about one-third of depression patients were deficient in folate.
Best hangover foods
Greasy comfort food may ease your throbbing temples, but it certainly won’t do your waistline any favors. And you need to rest!
Typical hangover symptoms—nausea, sensitivity to light, headache, achy muscles, diarrhea, and decreased motor skills—are all caused by changes in body chemistry, including hormones, chemical reactions within the body, and the toxic chemicals in alcohol.
Sugary sports drinks can do a workout harm but is not the case with a hangover. Reach for a Gatorade or similar beverage to restore liquids and electrolytes. One more cure that’s garnered a cult following: dytralite, a drink intended for dehydration which provides even more sodium and potassium than sports drinks and has far fewer calories.
Caffeine is a mild diuretic so be careful not to drink to much and add to dehydration. The liquid in coffee can help rehydrated your body, and it does give you a little boost of energy.
Remember if your anything like most human beings, heading for the bloody mary or hair of the dog will ease the hangover in the short term which can assist, but only with the delay of the hangover. This then leads your hormones up and down which can lead to happy highs and depressive modes. Yes it taste great at the time, but your body is not going to thank you for it.
Sugar is a bastard for mood swings, monthly symptoms for sugar are genuine and we find ourselves heading for the biscuit barrel, just remember the famous quote “what goes up must come down”.
I personally know malteasers are dreadful for me and give me a drunk effect. I exercise most days and make sure I eat the right foods especially afterwards, however I do suffer from hypoglycemia. I try to avoid attacks but sometimes they hit me out of the blue and I need carbs right away, and I stupidly go for a quick fix if I am caught out then have to head straight to a bed to sleep it off! chocolate is only a quick fix.
Yes there is such thing as a sugar hangover and I get them, If you haven’t given up sugar yet, pay close attention to how you feel after eating foods with sugar or even too many natural sugars in fruit.
Here are some of the symptoms of sugar hangover1:
- Fuzzy thinking or foggy mind
- Fatigue or sleepiness after meals
- Gas, bloating or extended stomach after meals
- Joint pain
- Skin problems
- Allergy symptoms
- Emotional – Mood swings like emotional highs and then lows (anger, sadness, lack of will power, depression, etc.)
Many of them are actually similar to how you might feel after too much alcohol. And there’s a reason for this. Too much alcohol, just like too much sugar, affects your kidneys, liver, stomach and small intestines, which explains some of what is happening in your body. Dehydration, electrolyte imbalances, gastrointestinal disturbances and disruption of sleep are some of the results. Too much sugar causes your body to go on a roller coaster ride of ups and downs…and your moods often follow.