You Feel What You EatWhat we eat directly affects our physical appearance and how we feel.

It is common knowledge that how we eat affects how we look and feel in our bodies. I have had various personal trainers and nutritionists tell me that our well-being and appearance is impacted 75% by our nutritional intake. Many of us may know this in the back of our minds, but it becomes too easy to ignore when we are stressed out and hungry or when our cravings overpower our reason.

My body chemistry is incredibly sensitive, so it is difficult for me to indulge in junk food with a lot of grease, preservatives and artificial colors or flavors. I will often break out in hives within hours of eating or pimples will sprinkle my chin the next morning. This sudden cause and effect to eating unhealthy food has helped me weed out and discover the culprits of my body’s negative responses. For most people, it is hard to know the direct effects of eating unhealthy because there is a lag time in response. If we ate fast food meals for two days in a row, we would notice that we felt tired or bloated, but we may not directly correlate this with the result of our eating habits.

It takes weeks of eating a certain way to feel and see the physical effects on our bodies. This is a good thing in that you can indulge in delicious, rich flavors once in awhile. But this delay makes it harder for someone to keep their willpower. It will takes weeks or more of consistent healthy eating and exercise habits to see results that make you stay on track.

But now there is a food science that links mood to our diet. What we eat creates a direct chemical response in our body. These chemical responses can be used as a compass to elevate or balance your moods.  Not only is it true that you are what you eat but you also feel what you eat through your brain’s chemical responses. Our mindset can affect us in profound ways. It can shape the attitudes we have toward changes toward happiness. How your body responds to food emotionally will help you make discerning choices of what to eat for your emotional outlook and overall health.

Be aware of the foods you are taking in and cut out what you know is harmful for you on an emotional and physical level. Start incorporating what will sustain and revitalize you. Here is a sample of some food related chemical responses in our bodies.

The J.P. Farley Corporation writes, “Food not only determines your energy levels and health, it also impacts your state of mind. Certain foods contain key elements that help produce powerful brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters such as dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin have been proven to enhance memory, increase performance, improve sleep and boost your overall outlook on life. Eating healthier can actually improve your mood.”

Here are some examples of the ways that what we eat can affect how we feel. They write,” Protein: Including heart-healthy lean protein, such as poultry, seafood, round or loin cuts of red meat, tofu, eggs, and low-fat dairy products in your diet provides long-term satisfaction and reduces dips in blood sugar. Digesting protein also helps you feel more alert and focused.

Omega-3s: Omega-3 fatty acids can increase the gray matter volume in areas of the brain that are linked to mood and behavior. To boost your gray matter, consume oily fish, such as salmon, mackerel and sardines. Flax seeds, walnuts, canola oil, soy nuts and fortified eggs are also good.”

There are many ways to look and feel good. Look into the chemistry of foods to further enhance your knowledge of nutrition.

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One thought on “You Feel What You Eat

  • March 25, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    Love this article, and believe everything in it.


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