5 foods happy people eat

5 foods happy people eat

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Joyce Bergsma from EatLiveLovefood takes us through the five top foods that keep us healthy and happy. [Contributed by EatLiveLoveFood]

1. Nutrient-rich foods

Food can give us energy, help us sleep well and boost our mood.  It can also make us feel demotivated, exhausted and irritable. Too often we are trying to keep ourselves awake and we choose foods that are nutrient-poor.

If you wake up in the morning and can’t really get going until you’ve had a cup of coffee, it may be a sign that your diet is lacking in nutrients. Coffee is also something that also uses up nutrients in order to be detoxified by the liver. Maybe you also start your day with a chocolate pastry; food that is high in sugar and damaged fats, or maybe you skipped breakfast altogether.

Instead, by choosing nutrient-rich foods, you can improve your mood, happily deal with stress at the office and stay fuller longer. Foods that are nutrient-rich are wholegrains like oats and brown rice and colourful vegetables and fruits. Eating these foods ensure you stay fuller longer, avoid mood swings and maintain your energy levels by giving you the nutrients you need.

2. Foods to be savoured

You will see a lot of information these days about Mindful Eating and, when you compare it to your own way of eating, you may find some differences. If you are already a foodie, or like to cook yourself, you are aware that just thinking about food and smelling it can make your mouth water in anticipation. What’s so exciting about this, aside from the delicious flavours you are about to enjoy, is that it’s a sign that your digestion is already at work. In your saliva, the digestive enzyme, amylase, is already at work on the food in your mouth. The more you savour each bite, the more time the amylase has to prepare the food for your stomach. When your mouth waters, so does your stomach. Your finely tuned body is producing stomach acid in preparation for the food you are about to swallow. This can help reduce bloating and improve overall digestions. So savour each bite and make your stomach happy.

3. Foods from nature

It’s fairly safe to say that most of us want things to be quick and easy, including our meals. That doesn’t mean that you can’t prepare your own food and have something be quick and easy. Let’s take a look at what you prepare; do you know how much sugar, salt or what type of fat is in there? When you prepare pasta with sauce from a jar, chances are that you don’t. You don’t know how long the tomatoes were sitting around before they were cooked into that sauce either. That’s why cooking your own food can really benefit your health. The fresher and more local the food, the more nutrients you receive. So buy vegetables that you can touch and smell, or grow your own! Cook your own food so you control how much salt and sugar goes in. Decide how high the temperature is so you know that the oil didn’t smoke while you cooked it, but instead stayed at a healthier temperature. You’ll get more out of the food and the whole eating experience.

4. Amino acid-rich foods

We need amino acids to help us build structures in the body like bones, muscles and connective tissues. We also need them to maintain our mood and help us sleep, with neurotransmitters like serotonin and melatonin. So eat a variety of healthy protein-foods such as organic meats, beans, lentils, hummous, eggs, fish, nuts and seeds.

5. Fat-filled foods

The common misnomer is that fat is not good for you, that it makes you fat. The truth is, that we need fat in moderation in order to maintain a happy mood, to speed up messages between our neurons and to maintain healthy skin. Did you know our brains are 60 percent fat? We need to replenish fats and feed our brains. And healthy fats, such as the omega 3, 6 and 9 fats actually help us lose weight. The best sources are oily fish such as mackerel, sardines, herring and salmon as well as nuts and seeds.


EatLiveLoveFood / Expatica

Joyce Bergsma works in her clinic in Amsterdam seeing clients for private consultations. She also gives workshops on a variety of topics. To contact, go to www.eatlivelovefood.com, email info@eatlivelovefood.com or call her on 0630 554 729.


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