When done right food will always perform its basic and most important role: be a source of energy. When food has fed and energised all of the body's mechanics, it often can go a step farther and improve your mood and general feelings about the world. It might not change the world but it will certainly change how you feel in and about it.
Before we get into the good stuff the people over here live by (which I couldn't agree with more) there are two things that contribute greatly to eating well and feeling great as a result. Firstly, breakfast is the most important meal, it jump-starts your metabolism and gets it going fast.
Secondly frequent (appropriate portions) meals are the best way to sustain your good mood because not only will you overeat when your meals are too far apart, your blood sugar levels will get really low, which is never good.
1. Complex Carbohydrates take time to absorb into the the bloodstream and become sources for slow releasing energy and keep blood sugar and energy levels stable Complex carbs come in the form of whole-grains: whole-grain pastas, rice, bread and the likes.
2. Nuts are a great source of not only protein but also good fats. The most popular being cashews, almonds and hazelnuts. They contain high amounts of magnesium, which contributes to turning sugar into energy.
3. Salmon is a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids. These are good fats that keep the ticker going, are good for the brain and normal growth and development. Since the body cannot make Omegas on its own we have to look for it in food (and supplementation.)
4. Dietary Fibre or roughage is our best friend! It slows down digestion. To quote wikipedia: "The main action of dietary fiber is to change the nature of the contents of the gastrointestinal tract, and to change how other nutrients and chemicals are absorbed. Soluble fiber binds to bile acids in the small intestine, making them less likely to enter the body; this in turn lowers cholesterol levels in the blood." Fibre can be found in fruits, vegetables, whole-grains and all bran cereal. A happy colon makes for a happy you.
5. Water is nature's way of keeping us healthy and happy. It keeps us hydrated, which then fights fatigue and the horrible slow down feeling. Though some have said sugar-free drinks count toward your water intake I prefer to have at least 1.5 litres (or 2L if I'm lucky) of plain water.
Eat your way to better health, a better mood and better sleep. Help somebody eat better this World Hunger Day.