Food Affects Your Mood

Registered Dietitian Chrisanne Urban talks about how what you eat affects your mood and energy levels in this USA Today blog post.

When blood sugars run low, it can lead to an energy crash and a dip in the mood-stabilizing neurotransmitter serotonin. This combo can bring on the "hangry" feeling, which the Urban Dictionary defines as "a state of anger and irritability resulting from being hungry."

To help stabilize your food and mood, it is essential to plan ahead...

  - spend a few minutes each week meal planning. Figure out what snacks and meals fit your lifestyle and plan to have those items on hand.

 - know where your next meal/snack is coming from. Instead of scrambling when your stomach growls, have a healthful snack in your drawer or purse.

 - eat balanced meals/snacks for consistent energy. Include protein, carbs and fats for staying power. Examples:  veggie sticks with hummus or tahini, toast with almond butter & bananas, a handful of trail mix, or Greek yogurt with granola.