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ZBMORGAN Posts: 782
7/28/14 6:13 P

I also feel better with healthy foods, but there are usually a couple days a month when I need dark chocolate, which is actually pretty healthy, so no complaints.

CRAMPERELLA Posts: 1,545
7/28/14 5:09 P

When I eat clean, non-processed food with an emphasis on vegetables, I always feel better after a couple of days. If I add juicing into the mix, I feel fantastic. My energy levels go up and I feel like a different person. If I am eating lots of bread, cheese, etc...I start feeling pretty crappy and sluggish.

DYANNE4293 SparkPoints: (140,494)
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7/28/14 11:09 A

Great discussion! I agree. So much that we do in life revolves around food.

ACHANSO Posts: 1,073
7/28/14 8:51 A

Yes, it is hard not to connect moods with food.

Unfortunately, in America, so many celebrations and family get togethers are centered around food. Good food is even called 'comfort food'. No wonder we have thousands if not millions of people eating their emotions instead of expressing them .

LCRUMLEY81 SparkPoints: (98,859)
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7/27/14 2:07 P

In my life food and mood go hand in hand...not always the best relationship but thats the way it is for me. When I am down food can either pick me up or send me farther down. I have to be very care of the choices I make.

7/27/14 7:16 A

I've always known I was an emotional eater, so it was no surprise there when I started to really focus on it "Why am I eating this? Am I hungry or sad?"
The thing that really was interesting to me was how food affected my body. When I went plant based, I noticed that I had less fatigue, less joint aches and a clearer head.
My mother told me that she still has some stuff going on, but since going plant based her joints don't hurt like they used to and she also feels a mental fog has been lifted.

LEANMEAN2 Posts: 20,013
7/27/14 5:30 A

There is so much "food for thought" here. Thanks to everyone.

QWAVIE Posts: 150
7/26/14 11:43 A

now you have me wondering if half my aches and pains aren't caused by the things I like to eat. I never really thought about it before. Seems my body never stops hurting. I try to eat healthier now but still fall back in to old patterns. Guess its time to try harder and see if it makes a difference. How did you start off your diet change?

HOPEJACK1 SparkPoints: (46,724)
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7/25/14 12:30 P

The connection for me between emotions and food started when as a child me mother would try to sooth me by giving me baked goods like cake and cookies or take me out to eat when I got older. I am working on finding better ways of dealing with my emotions rather than eat them away.

HOLLYPOTTER SparkPoints: (15,834)
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7/24/14 9:30 A

I've had this argument with my doctor...even as I keep taking the anti-depressants. Bless her educated soul, but she doesn't really believe that my depression totally stems from my diet of highly refined carbs. I just find it a nifty coincidence that every time I've gone back to a low carb diet, I've been able to stop my pills for the duration of my diet.

I suffer from joint pain, chronic runny nose/sneezing (not allergies), crying jags, and yeast infections when I eat bread and sweets. Until I started following Atkins, I never realized it was all caused by my diet.

You may not find low carb appealing, but it's really the highly processed refined carbs that kill you. Even calorie counters should limit bread and pasta, especially anything made from white flour. And I know that every time I pick up a cookie I'll spend the next day feeling low and worthless. You'd think I'd be tired of it by now.

7/23/14 11:36 P

to add, someone recently said, "Eat like you actually CARE about your body". I liked that quote, especially in those temptation moments.

It got me to walk away from In-N-Out today. In-N-Out, I say! It was NOT easy!

7/23/14 11:35 P

When I have heavy foods after eating well for a time, I feel very sluggish and full and I swear I can feel the grease sticking to my insides.

Not to mention feeling bloated.

SWEETPEA1399 SparkPoints: (56,360)
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7/23/14 9:31 P

I am a emotional eater as well. Trying to find other coping mechanisms other than food.

KEEPSWIMMING32 SparkPoints: (5,711)
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7/23/14 4:20 P

I am also an emotional eater. I tend to eat my feelings.

LONWYF Posts: 213
7/22/14 2:59 P

I am an emotional eater and the triggers are not going to go away. I have to be diligent to not use food as a crutch.

RICHARJ SparkPoints: (4,619)
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7/22/14 11:45 A

Bad Mood - Chocolate Peanut butter cups PLEASE

ALJOYCE80 Posts: 5
7/22/14 3:00 A


7/21/14 8:55 P

First of all, I want to thank you for starting this thread and for people's having contributed to it! I went through my day thinking about it, and it helped a lot. For the first time in ages, I ate 5 fruits and veggies--and as I was eating the apple and the green beans, I was thinking of your posts and feeling thrilled. I couldn't tell if it was because of the nutrients I was getting or because I felt proud for having made a good choice for myself and having exerted some control--but, whatever it was, I felt great!
Thanks, SP!

STITCH4EVER SparkPoints: (37,673)
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7/19/14 1:38 P


ACACIA21 SparkPoints: (83,164)
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7/19/14 9:16 A

I'm Michelle, and I am an emotional eater.

FANNYMANSON SparkPoints: (20,213)
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7/18/14 6:07 P

If I overindulge I feel guilt, anger, hopeless, and like I have wasted my time exercising. My heart rate increases and I feel sluggish and not motivated to do things.

When I eat well, I feel inspired, energetic, smart, and like I am the boss.

REGINAROLLINS SparkPoints: (66,618)
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7/18/14 11:24 A

Mood does play a big factor in my eating habits-I do tend to over eat when I'm stressed(which is frequently lately).

7/18/14 10:44 A

Good quality food really does make you feel better. I used to eat greasy lunches and then fight sleepiness all afternoon. I now mostly eat big salads or vegetable soups for lunch, and I feel energetic all afternoon. It's great.

APHIL003 Posts: 9
7/17/14 4:27 P

I wrote a blog post with this same topic a couple days ago! Beyond the science of nutrients and how the lack thereof can cause us to feel blah, I definitely think there's a psychological aspect too. Making healthy choices makes us feel empowered. Making poor choices can leave us feeling out of control. However, we really have to avoid all-or-nothing thinking. One doughnut, or cookie, or bag of chips, or whatever doesn't mean we are BAD. It also doesn't mean we have to eat a second doughnut or cookie or bag of chips. We have to take each opportunity to make healthy choices as it comes, and not throw in the towel for the week just because we ate a doughnut on Monday!

Just my 2 cents ...

EMPRESSAMQ Posts: 5,077
7/17/14 4:30 A

For me, there is a definite correlation between mood & food.

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7/16/14 11:52 P

For me my mood and what I eat have always come hand in hand- I have tended to be a major emotional eater. I am really improving in this area though. I have been able to say no to the food that tempts me when I get upset. :-)

PATTIEMCD Posts: 1,107
7/16/14 10:32 P

I overslept this morning, only had time for 1 cup if coffee and barely made it to work on time. I was extremely tired (only had 5 hrs sleep) and when my lunch break finally came, I ate a pear and a handful of grapes. I started feeling better within a few minutes. I knew not to eat anything crappy or I'd crash & burn.

ONESPOTLEFT SparkPoints: (123,311)
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7/16/14 8:46 P

I eat even when I am not hungry just without thought and just bored. I try to keep my leisure time down and keep myself occupied with gardening or walking or just keeping my hands busy

7/16/14 12:24 P

I eat more when I feel bored, depressed or grumpy. I become helpless under these situations. I eat and eat up to uncomfortable level. emoticon

Edited by: SHAZIAAFZAL1 at: 7/16/2014 (12:25)
KOALA_BEAR SparkPoints: (18,475)
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7/16/14 12:34 A

Yes, I think they - Food & Mood - are closely related.
However sometimes we eat a "bad" food and feel good but only for a short time then we start to feel lousy - it isn't just guilt. It is that many so called foods actually contain poisons - artificial fillers, colors, flavorings, preservatives, chemicals, texturizers, etc. Eating junk food to satisfy a craving is simply feeding an addiction.
When I eat raw wholesome unadulterated foods, I feel good about it, am satisfied once the immediate hunger goes away, and often stay full & fulfilled longer.
Because of our culture and the numerous temptations though it can be on ongoing struggle to remind myself of that when I am thinking about what I want to eat for a meal.
Also I was raised on meat and digest it rather easily but as I get older, I rely more on a plant based diet to get the nutrients I need.

RUBYREDSTAR19 Posts: 5,989
7/15/14 7:25 A

yes, stressed I want junk food and tired I want carbs.

MRSBENNETT2 Posts: 1,621
7/15/14 2:02 A

Oh, definitely. I too have hypoglycemia and sometimes my stomach won't be telling me I'm hungry, but my physical and mental state will. I become quite a cranky bear. And when I have a day when I consume mostly fast food/junk/sweets, by the time evening rolls around I'm so mentally blue I can hardly stand myself or anyone else. It's not guilt or any emotion, it's an actual bad mental state bordering on depression.

LOOLAH Posts: 888
7/14/14 1:55 P

I personally feel a HUGE shift in how I feel when I am not eating and sleeping well.

If I am not eating enough produce and healthy food, not taking my vitamins, drinking too much or staying up too late I almost always slip into a crabby, low energy mood. It usually starts out harmlessly enough by eating at restaurants too much, going out with friend's for drinks more often than I should or not being as careful with my vegetarian diet as I should. If I am not careful, however, I tend to spiral out of control. I can't figure out how I ever had the energy to work out. I never want to move away from the TV because my head hurts or I have horrible acid reflux because all I crave is junk food. Then I'm not tired enough for bed (because I have been sitting around as much as possible) so I stay up too late. That's when the mental stuff comes along and I feel depressed and lethargic.When I reach that awful point is usually when I have my "Aha" moment and get back on track. And while this happens to me enough to see a pattern, I now spend less time in that horrible cycle because I can tell when things are off more quickly.

When I eat well again I feel well again. Period.

DMCWJR SparkPoints: (185,578)
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7/14/14 12:38 P

I love bright colorful veg and fruits they make me happy and active.

GRAMCRACKER46 Posts: 1,741
7/13/14 11:18 A

After trial and error I have found that aspartame, microwave popcorn, sugar and too much gluten leave me foggy and lethargic.

I do eat gluten and sugar, just not as much anymore. Lots of veggies, fruits, dairy and lean protein with added exercise leave me energetic and happy.

For blood sugar swings I take the supplements chromium gtf and biotin daily.

These things work for me.


PATTIEMCD Posts: 1,107
7/13/14 10:40 A

My husband and eldest daughter both get "really grumpy & agitated" when they are hungry.
When I am out and about with them, I set an alarm on my iPhone to remind me that they need to eat something before they turn into Oscar the Grouch. I have never been affected this way by hunger so I find it annoying that they can go from pleasant to jerks within minutes. It's obvious that it's a chemical thing going on in their brains but I just can't relate.

CINDILP SparkPoints: (179,061)
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7/12/14 11:16 P

I've noticed that when I'm on a very low carb diet I have more depression. I take a multi, but I still need a variety of foods.

BARBANAL Posts: 4,557
7/12/14 7:12 P

when I am hungary I tend to get very irrateable

HAWKTHREE SparkPoints: (54,387)
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7/11/14 9:32 A

Mood and food

In our family of pre-diabetics and hypoglycemics, we're familiar with the phrase, "I need something to eat NOW! or I will throttle someone.

SHOTOKIDO SparkPoints: (101,572)
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7/9/14 11:52 P

Although it's not the only thing that affects mood, food is definitely a major factor.

MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (11,974)
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7/9/14 7:16 P

I encourage you to take a couple of hours at the library learning about neurotransmitters, moods, amino acids and other precursors to neurotransmitters. I think it will explain a lot about how everything we ingest (and other acts) can affect our moods and brain chemistry.

EGRAMMY Posts: 13,491
7/9/14 4:45 P

Food can help your mood, especially that which you ate of your mother's kitchen.

BARBANAL Posts: 4,557
7/8/14 7:58 P

good info, thanks

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7/8/14 7:56 P

Diet and exercise definitely do.
I find them both to be a pretty strong feedback loop, they both encourage the other and if one slips the other does as well. Then the second they lessen my mood tends to go with it, too.

I find eating smaller bits throughout the day as opposed to big meals helps to keep this on track. Also planning different exercises, whether it just means a new environment to run in or doing something totally different make things fun and exciting!

APPLEADAY2010 Posts: 381
7/8/14 4:16 P

Thanks everyone for your comments. Very helpful and encouraging xx

7/8/14 11:52 A

Do you notice a change in the way you feel when your diet slips?

YES!!!!!!!!!!! I find I go from being energetic to becoming lethargic. I made sloppy decisions and am unmotivated.

And when I add in exercise, I become more vibrant.

It's like depression though - hard to see when you are in the middle of it, but easy to recognize when I am out of the depression.

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,187
7/8/14 9:32 A

Blood sugar affects energy and mood...even normal people who do not have a insulin resistance can experience blood sugar swings..... sugar can cause extreme fluctuations in blood sugar levels and so can food allergies. Processed foods and chemicals in our food may alter our mood.

Vitamin B12 also plays a role in the mood regulating brain chemicals and a varied, healthy diet is your best source of vitamins and minerals....Oatmeal, the old fashioned type provides energy because of the B vitamins. spinach, legumes and liver are good sources of B vitamins.

Eggs, strawberries and avocados, tuna and salmon are energy boosters too

Improve mood with peas, lentils, oranges, beets, spinach, asparagus, brussel sprouts and dried beans. Many breakfast cereals contain folic acid such as Total and Product 19. Turnip greens and bell peppers.

Many kinds of vegetables have few carbs and that's the bonus....certain kinds of fruits, mainly berries, have few carbs and berries have the least impact on blood sugar. Eggs, olives, and string cheese all have small amounts of carbs to name a few.

If you are deficient in any of the B's, depression, anxiety, and fatigue can result. Your body runs off what you feed it...Your body needs water, so you should drink it.

Hope this answers your question.

Edited by: SUNSHINE6442 at: 7/8/2014 (09:33)
7/8/14 8:17 A

I think that food and mood are tied together. I know that when I am feeling good and motivated that I am more likely to pick fresh recipes to make, when I am feeling down I turn to comfort foods. The inverse is also true, a great meal can make me feel better. Although I don't beat myself up if I eat in a less than healthful way. Regular exercise is also important for keeping me in good spirits, not to say that I don't still have down days.

DROPCONE Posts: 1,592
7/8/14 8:14 A

I definitely feel better when I am eating better, but exercise helps a lot too!

APPLEADAY2010 Posts: 381
7/8/14 7:27 A

I seen a great post on here yesterday about how eating more Vegatables makes you feel well. I found this really encouraging. Does anyone else know anything about mood and food? Do you notice a change in the way you feel when your diet slips? How much is the change in mood because we know we are looking after ourselves or is it the energy from foods? I am really interested. Would love to hera what you think emoticon

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