Savor the Flavor. If youíre going to eat something thatís bad for you, enjoy it, savor it, roll it around your mouth. Try taking a piece of dark 70 percent cocoa chocolate and meditating Ė as a healthy stress reliever and as a way to reward yourself with something sweet. The goal is to try to find small ways to make you feel good and increase serotonin, so you donít plummet and scavenge for anything you can find. Itís OK to eat bad foods Ė every once in a while. Itís not the first piece thatís going to Shamu you; itís scarfing down the whole bag that will.
Foods all have different effects on your stomach, your blood, and your brain. These are some of the nutrients that may influence your hunger and the brain chemicals that affect it. Turkey contains tryptophan, which increases serotonin to improve your mood and combat depression, and help you resist cravings for simple carbs. Omege-3 Fatty Acids, which are found in fish, have long been known as brain boosters and cholesterol clearers, but theyíve also been shown convincingly to help with depression in pregnant woman. Since many of us have low omega-3 intake, it might explain some other instances of depression as well.
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