Mood-Boosting Foods to Have in Your Grocery List!
Our bodies are brilliant. They always give us signals when we need nutrients to run well and it is often shown via our moods and feelings changes.
Among the changes you might notice when your body is giving you signal to load yoursel up with proper nutrients:
1. Inability to focus
2. Feeling irritable, grumpy or impatient
3. Stressed, overwhelmed and disorganized
4. Uncreative and unmotivated
After giving birth, you would need enough nutrients for your body’s recovery. Eating well and resting well are the key elements for faster recovery after giving birth. As a mother, you need to take care of yourself first before taking care of your baby.
First and foremost, eat fish! Fish, especially salmon, are rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids. According to studies, people who consumed more fish are less likely to have depression symptoms. Other than mood stabilizer, the Omega-3 Fatty Acids can improve memory, maintain cardiovascular system, support brain and general well-being.
For mommies, fish especially salmon can also help to increase breast milk supply and also lactation. The DHA in the breast milk helps the growth and developments of your baby’s brain. There was another study found that mummies with lower levels of DHA in breast milk tend to have higher rates of postpartum depression. So, mummies need to eat more fish during confinement period. Check on our menu for our famous herbal soup which is green papaya fish soup.
Other sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids are eggs, walnuts, red kidney beans, broccoli and cauliflower.
Whole grains are rich in Vitamins B which are important for energy and optimal brain health. Whole grain, the complex carbohydrates avoid you for mood-swings and anxiety. Eating whole grains can keep you energised for longer hours. In contrast, simple sugar like sweets and foods from white flour can give you a fast boost but leaving you crashing in no time.
This is why Tian Wei Signature include a lot of whole grains in the confinement meals. Some whole grains that you should include in your confinement meals are quinoa, brown rice and millet. Eat whole grains during confinement to keep yourself feeling good and energised.
Green Vegetables & Fruits
Did you ever notice that when you eat more vegetables and fruits, you have a better feeling on that particular day?
Yes, eating more vegetables and fruits can decrease your risk of suffering from depression and helps for mood-boosting. Both vegetables and fruits are good for physical health in a long run. On the other hand, it is good for mental wellness in short term. This is because these foods are rich in Vitamins B which are important for mood and increase energy levels. Other than that, both vegetables and fruits are high in dietary fibre which helps to avoid constipation.
Nuts are loaded with vitamins and minerals which helps to calm the nerves. Study found that people have higher levels of serotonin (known as a feel-good substance for our bodies) metabolites after they eat nuts.
Nuts are also a good source of fat, fiber and protein which can keep us full for a longer period. Mummies who breastfeed their babies feel hungry faster. Snacking nuts instead of other simple sugar is more beneficial for your health. Keep the nuts in a container which is easy and convenient for you. You can check on MumChecked for storage containers.
All in all, eating right is one of the key elements to boost your mood and embrace a brand a new day. It’s challenging to adapt yourself into a new role as a mom. Keep yourself healthy and happy by eating the balanced and nutritious food. It always helps to promote to a positive outlook in your life.