Aug 1, 2013

Five Feel Good Foods


For any of you who watch my videos or follow any of my social media you will know that I've been going through a hard time recently. As I've said I'm not going to bare the gritty details of my personal life on the internet but, we all have problems right? A friend recently sent me this photo on whatsapp and it inspired me to write this post. On my youtube channel I get a lot of comments about whether I've lost or gained weight, why I'm trying to be healthy and that I'm 'too obsessed'. Even if I had my 'dream body' or the amazingly fast metabolism of some of my friends I'd still try to look after my body as best as I can. Apart from the obviously reasons like; having lots of energy, fighting and preventing illness and disease, keeping my skin looking good etc etc... what I eat and how I move my body has such a drastic effect on my mood. Although I would never dare to say eating healthy is a guaranteed cure for depression, it sure does making a surprising difference. So without further ado, here are some 'mood-boosting' foods you might want to try adding to your diet. 

1) Eggs
Research suggests foods high in vitamin-B12 can help to fight depression and egg yolks are full of it. The research on this isn't conclusive, but eggs are a great source or protein which is easily and quickly absorbed into your body. They are also great for quick, easy meals if you are struggling to stay on track. 

2) Spinach
Spinach is high in magnesium, a mineral which helps support the production of serotonin, a 'feel-good' chemical which controls mood. It is also rich in protein, calcium, potassium and lots of other vital vitamins and minerals. It's also one of this 'easy to eat' foods. I like to put it in my omelettes or smoothie, but you can whip up a tasty salad with baby leaf spinach. 

3) Oily Fish
A lack of fatty acids has been linked to worsening the effects of depression. You can take daily supplements to boost your intake if you find it hard to get hold of fresh fish, but things like mackerel, salmon and tuna are your best bets. Oily fish can also help improve your joints, skin and cardiovascular health and good fatty acids have also been proven to help boost fat loss. Nuts and avocado's are also a great source of essential fatty acids. 

4) Oats
Any diet that is low in sugar, and full of slow releasing carbs will not only help to stabilise your energy levels but also your mood. The highs and lows you experience with depression will only be enhanced by the highs and lows caused by a high sugar diet. Oats are also known to lower cholesterol.  

5) Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate contains mood boosting chemicals such as phenylethylamine, but it is also lower in fat and sugar than milk or white chocolate. When suffering from depression it is important not to be too strict on yourself and have things in your life that you enjoy. A piece of dark chocolate a day never did anyone any harm ;) 

Hope you enjoyed this post, let me know if you want more food related posts. Hope you are all well,

Onna


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At August 01, 2013 , Blogger Shabna said...

I love all these things and I agree they're great for healthy meals! You probably already know it but have you seen @videomeals on insta? Food inspiration galore!

shabna x x
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At August 02, 2013 , Blogger Katrina@capturingmoments said...

Thanks for this post Onna. I struggle with depression and I do try to eat well but it is super hard to motivated to workout some days. xx

 
At August 02, 2013 , Blogger Renate said...

Love all of these. To be honest, haven't noticed that much of a difference on my mood, but maybe simply because I haven't paid enough attention. Exercise, though, is a different matter - I feel that right away.
However, come to think of it, if I haven't exercised (for whatever reason) and eat dinner with salmon and spinach salad, I'll still feel good and healthy and happy, vs. skipping a workout and eating something less healthy - then my mood drops. I also feel bloated etc., so these foods are very good, because everything's interconnected, I suppose. Eat well, feel well, continue to eat well :)

P.S. Sorry you're going through a hard time. I hope you'll figure it out soon. Your video about confidence is one of my favorites - very helpful!

http://thecuriousklutz.blogspot.com/

 
At August 02, 2013 , Blogger Victoria - VictoriaWrote said...

Great post, definitely need to up my oily fish intake. Hope things get better for you soon xx

 
At August 07, 2013 , Blogger Onna said...

never seen them, I shall check them out thanks! x

 
At August 07, 2013 , Blogger Onna said...

It is hard, but worth it in the end, hope you are ok x

 
At August 07, 2013 , Blogger Onna said...

thank you so much, exercise definitely does wonders for me! xx

 
At August 07, 2013 , Blogger Onna said...

it does wonders for your skin! Thank you so much lovely xx

 
At August 13, 2013 , Blogger Cheshire Cat said...

very happy to see chocolate on that list :D I always feel awful if I've had a few days of unhealthy eating. As soon as I start eating healthy again I just feel better! Nice post.

Cat x

cheshirecatchats

 
At September 13, 2013 , Blogger Novak Jim said...

Nice list of foods! I also eat egg regularly. Thanks for sharing this article with us and hope to see your next update soon.
back pain and neck pain

 
At September 27, 2013 , Blogger Sara Magdy said...

if you don't mind i copied your post in my blog and i did include you link in the end and referred that it's yours =] just felt like sharing

 

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Five Feel Good Foods


For any of you who watch my videos or follow any of my social media you will know that I've been going through a hard time recently. As I've said I'm not going to bare the gritty details of my personal life on the internet but, we all have problems right? A friend recently sent me this photo on whatsapp and it inspired me to write this post. On my youtube channel I get a lot of comments about whether I've lost or gained weight, why I'm trying to be healthy and that I'm 'too obsessed'. Even if I had my 'dream body' or the amazingly fast metabolism of some of my friends I'd still try to look after my body as best as I can. Apart from the obviously reasons like; having lots of energy, fighting and preventing illness and disease, keeping my skin looking good etc etc... what I eat and how I move my body has such a drastic effect on my mood. Although I would never dare to say eating healthy is a guaranteed cure for depression, it sure does making a surprising difference. So without further ado, here are some 'mood-boosting' foods you might want to try adding to your diet. 

1) Eggs
Research suggests foods high in vitamin-B12 can help to fight depression and egg yolks are full of it. The research on this isn't conclusive, but eggs are a great source or protein which is easily and quickly absorbed into your body. They are also great for quick, easy meals if you are struggling to stay on track. 

2) Spinach
Spinach is high in magnesium, a mineral which helps support the production of serotonin, a 'feel-good' chemical which controls mood. It is also rich in protein, calcium, potassium and lots of other vital vitamins and minerals. It's also one of this 'easy to eat' foods. I like to put it in my omelettes or smoothie, but you can whip up a tasty salad with baby leaf spinach. 

3) Oily Fish
A lack of fatty acids has been linked to worsening the effects of depression. You can take daily supplements to boost your intake if you find it hard to get hold of fresh fish, but things like mackerel, salmon and tuna are your best bets. Oily fish can also help improve your joints, skin and cardiovascular health and good fatty acids have also been proven to help boost fat loss. Nuts and avocado's are also a great source of essential fatty acids. 

4) Oats
Any diet that is low in sugar, and full of slow releasing carbs will not only help to stabilise your energy levels but also your mood. The highs and lows you experience with depression will only be enhanced by the highs and lows caused by a high sugar diet. Oats are also known to lower cholesterol.  

5) Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate contains mood boosting chemicals such as phenylethylamine, but it is also lower in fat and sugar than milk or white chocolate. When suffering from depression it is important not to be too strict on yourself and have things in your life that you enjoy. A piece of dark chocolate a day never did anyone any harm ;) 

Hope you enjoyed this post, let me know if you want more food related posts. Hope you are all well,

Onna


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Onna's Little Blog: Five Feel Good Foods

Five Feel Good Foods


For any of you who watch my videos or follow any of my social media you will know that I've been going through a hard time recently. As I've said I'm not going to bare the gritty details of my personal life on the internet but, we all have problems right? A friend recently sent me this photo on whatsapp and it inspired me to write this post. On my youtube channel I get a lot of comments about whether I've lost or gained weight, why I'm trying to be healthy and that I'm 'too obsessed'. Even if I had my 'dream body' or the amazingly fast metabolism of some of my friends I'd still try to look after my body as best as I can. Apart from the obviously reasons like; having lots of energy, fighting and preventing illness and disease, keeping my skin looking good etc etc... what I eat and how I move my body has such a drastic effect on my mood. Although I would never dare to say eating healthy is a guaranteed cure for depression, it sure does making a surprising difference. So without further ado, here are some 'mood-boosting' foods you might want to try adding to your diet. 

1) Eggs
Research suggests foods high in vitamin-B12 can help to fight depression and egg yolks are full of it. The research on this isn't conclusive, but eggs are a great source or protein which is easily and quickly absorbed into your body. They are also great for quick, easy meals if you are struggling to stay on track. 

2) Spinach
Spinach is high in magnesium, a mineral which helps support the production of serotonin, a 'feel-good' chemical which controls mood. It is also rich in protein, calcium, potassium and lots of other vital vitamins and minerals. It's also one of this 'easy to eat' foods. I like to put it in my omelettes or smoothie, but you can whip up a tasty salad with baby leaf spinach. 

3) Oily Fish
A lack of fatty acids has been linked to worsening the effects of depression. You can take daily supplements to boost your intake if you find it hard to get hold of fresh fish, but things like mackerel, salmon and tuna are your best bets. Oily fish can also help improve your joints, skin and cardiovascular health and good fatty acids have also been proven to help boost fat loss. Nuts and avocado's are also a great source of essential fatty acids. 

4) Oats
Any diet that is low in sugar, and full of slow releasing carbs will not only help to stabilise your energy levels but also your mood. The highs and lows you experience with depression will only be enhanced by the highs and lows caused by a high sugar diet. Oats are also known to lower cholesterol.  

5) Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate contains mood boosting chemicals such as phenylethylamine, but it is also lower in fat and sugar than milk or white chocolate. When suffering from depression it is important not to be too strict on yourself and have things in your life that you enjoy. A piece of dark chocolate a day never did anyone any harm ;) 

Hope you enjoyed this post, let me know if you want more food related posts. Hope you are all well,

Onna


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