April 8, 2017

Mood Food!

It will be no surprise that food has a big influence on our brains.

Food impacts our thinking, our thought patterns and our feelings.

Therefore to maintain or increase our capacity to think and subsequently make good decisions – we need to know which foods are going to give us the edge!

We have all heard of the expression “hangry” that feeling you have  when we just need to eat!  For most people the onset of hunger pains is the trigger to eat – but often this means you have left things to late and your mood and capacity to think has already deteriorated!

What we eat affects the neurotransmitters our brain produces.  Typically when  blood sugar levels are dropping, and also when dehydration has started,  there is a  drop in mood, an increase in irritability and feelings of anxiety.  Therefore it is important that our brains have the right balance of neurotransmitters to prevent these mood swings and seemingly endless bad days!

So how do we achieve this?

In 99% of “mood food” studies there are 12 common foods linked to positive moods.  Elizabeth Somer the author of “Food and Mood” and “Eat your Way to Happiness” and other top nutritionists all seem to agree that regularly pumping your body with the following 12 mood boosting foods will make you more happy and alert!

Here is a great infographic from Livestrong.com which summarises these foods and importantly tells us how they help!

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So if you ever needed an excuse to buy yourself, or your loved one, a chocolate dipped strawberry – here it is! All in the name of Emotional Intelligence!

Enjoy – and talk again soon!

Anna-Lucia

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About Anna-Lucia Mackay

Educator I Speaker I Writer I Harvard Moderator Anna-Lucia is a highly acclaimed educator and consultant in the fields of Leadership, Business and Emotional Intelligence. Educated in the United Kingdom, Middle East and Australia, over the last 20 years she has consulted, trained and spoken to many of the worlds leading corporations. Today she is a Moderator at Harvard Business School (Pub), a popular conference speaker and trainer – and the best selling author of “The Four Mindsets – How to Influence, Motivate and Lead a High Performance Team. In 2012 she was recognised for her work as a finalist for The Telstra Business Woman of the year Awards and serves as a Non Executive Director and Board Chair.

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