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Nutrients for Mood Balance

healthymood Most of us can attest to a time when a home-cooked meal lifted our spirits. Well, it's true what they say about the food mood connection. It's not just your physical body that benefits from healthy food choices! Get the nutrient and supplement facts on nutritional approaches for mood balance from nutritionist Malia Curran, MS, MPH.

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Audrey @ The Flour Nut says …

I wholeheartedly believe all that Malia Curran is saying about the foods we put into our bodies affecting our moods. Essential are the soluble fibers (apples) as well as healthy fats (almonds). I also believe that lack of hydration will create a bad mood. Eating well & drinking plenty of water = good mood.

Audrey @ The Flour Nut says …

I wholeheartedly believe all that Malia Curran is saying about the foods we put into our bodies affecting our moods. Essential are the soluble fibers (apples) as well as healthy fats(almonds). I also believe that lack of hydration will create a bad mood. Eating well & drinking plenty of water = good mood.

Tina Mackey says …

I heard about your podcasts from Go Graham Go. I really enjoyed learning about the preventative measure to take that can help my mood, especially the foods that can help stabilize blood sugar. Thanks!

Candi says …

I really enjoyed the podcast - especially the part about mood. I recently added Fish oil supplements to my diet and have noticed a marked difference in my attitude. I'm glad to learn about the blood sugar stabilization with the soluble fiber. That was new to me. I also find out about the podcast thru a blog called Go Graham Go. Thanks for the info!

Jenn @ Beautiful Calling says …

I have to admit, I am very careful about making sure the littles eat properly and have proper snacks so their blood sugar levels stay constant but when it comes to myself....not so much and I really notice a difference!!

jenny says …

i also found this from go graham go. i really like the addition of podcasts, and i'd love to see more podcasts on kid and family related topics.

Laura says …

I too learned about this podcast from http://www.gograhamgo.com/ this just reminded me again how feeding one healthy cell can produce many cells. Good food produce those healthy cells as I am recovering form stage 3 metastatic melanoma I am so aware of what I want to put in my body to create more healthy cells free of cancer

autumn musso says …

I appreciated the insight in the interview (Q&A) about mood enhancing foods. I certainly feel the impact of what I consume both when I eat junk and when I eat fresh, whole foods. The scientific research was interesting, but waaaaaay over my head! I'll focus on the end results and appreciate them. Thank you. Nice project. Autumn

Grissell says …

We take it for granted that our bodies will function with junk no matter what. Thanks for the information. Totally trying to live a better life with eating the right foods.

Cindi says …

The Mood/Food Connection was very interesting. I have suffered from depression and anxiety for a very long time! I am going to try to eat better and take supplements to aid my prescription medications! Maintaining blood sugar levels does make sense for more stable mood and well-being! Now that the cooler temperatures are here, hot tea sounds like a wonderful benefit to feeling happier. Many thanks, Cindi

Sarah says …

Very informative and very helpful! Thanks!

Sarah Franklin says …

Great podcast, I haven't really known before what foods can help keep me more level.

Victoria says …

Great info. for us all....especially approaching the stresses of the holiday....thank you for your insight.

Lauren says …

Great info...thanks for sharing with us :)

Lizb says …

Thanks for sharing a simple truth- we run on food!

Jessie C. says …

Thanks for the great information! I've heard some information here and there about certain food has influence on mood but never paid real attention to. It's good to hear "facts" other than just rumors.

Simply Life says …

So true! Thanks for sharing this great info!

Ann says …

I was lucky to grow up learning to cook at a very young age! The value of cooking, eating, sharing food is a big part of our home. Glad to find so many others who feel the same way.

Erin says …

Social gatherings around food have been a tradition for all times.

Pamela says …

Great podcast, and I enjoy the timing as well. As fall sets in and we shift down from running around during summer it is good to slow down, and commune over food!

abby says …

Great post Chris! Sometimes home-cooked meals are the key to happiness. Thanks for sharing this podcast!

Bridget says …

Good tie in with the rest of the website. I just read your feature on pears and apples, and will be taking my boys to a farm this weekend to pick.

Keva says …

Good to hear all the warm talk around food! Indeed full files are bodies and our soul.

Marni says …

Keep and open mind and an open mouth :) Don't be afraid to eat and enjoy!

Lori says …

I find if I don't anchor my mornings with a solid meal, my entire day can be thrown off... all to often the coffee kills my appetite.

Molly says …

I guess it seems obvious, at least to me that foods affect our moods. Just think about how grumpy we get when we are to hungry, or how tired you are if you over eat, or eat junk foods.

Laurie says …

Big believer in the positive value of foods on moods, thanks for covering this topic!

Wilma says …

Some days my kids come home from school and they are so spun out. They ask for candy for a quick fix, but if I get them to eat a solid snack, like soy butter and crackers I see the affect of leveling their moods.

Anne says …

For me, my mood starts to improve long before eating. As soon as the house starts to fill with the aroma from cooking I notice the entire family starts migrating towards the kitchen, by the time we are ready to eat they are poking their fingers in the pot :)

Carol says …

Nothing replaces a home-cooked meal, in my opinion. I adore cooking and setting the table with the kids, and having a happy husband walk in the door to a delicious meal.

Lori Barnes says …

That was alot of good info it give me a idea on what i can be eating to help my mood

Carmen says …

Wow--I hadn't really thought much about the scientific connection between certain foods and your mood/mood swings. I already love apples, tea and nuts--so this is another reason to keep having them! I'll also have to look more into the supplements she mentioned. Very interesting!

Alyssa says …

I didn't know that antioxidants help keep you healthy when you're stressed. That's a good thing to know. I found out about your podcasts on gograhamgo.com, but I've always loved going to your store!

Melissa says …

I think my depression is related to poor nutrition. Thank you for this great info.

jeanine says …

this was such a helpful resource! i am going to be more thoughtful in my meal planning and see if i can tell a difference.

Evan says …

Great podcast! I'm going home for a nice friday meal now!!!

Kindra says …

Great podcast, I learned a ton! Keep up the great work.

Gail T. says …

Good food, and balance with hydration keep my spirits high!

flygyrl72 says …

Very informative. I gotta stock up in the flax seeds! I keep hearing about their health benefits, but always seem to forget them once I'm at the store...

Katherine says …

Great podcast! I had no idea that amino acides affected mood like this. I will def be making as much of an effort as I can to get more in my diet.

Jill Curran says …

A lot of great info in a short amount of time. Thank you! I'm headed to Whole Foods tomorrow.

Nancy says …

I definitely believe what I eat affects my moods. After listening to this podcast, I now have some more ideas of what I can do to add more nutrients and vitamins to my diet. Thanks for the information. Sure wish there was a Whole Foods closer to where I live.

Peggy Gorman says …

I love cooking with organtic foods. I know my family is happy and healthy . I feel it helps our enviroment,keeps farmers in farming so it keeps everything and everyone happy A homecooked meal = happiness Thanks for sharing!

Laura says …

I've been giving my 4 year old EFA supplements for his entire life and listening to this podcast reinforced the obvious. I need them too! Thank you.

carthimlob says …

would you please comment on o-ring tests for energy quality in food relating them to moods.

Jes says …

This was interesting, especially the info about the supplements. I would love to see a list created of mood boosting foods.

Cait D. says …

Completely agree with everything said on this podcast. As a recent college grad, I've done my experimenting with living on pita chips and Swedish Fish during exam time -- to say the least, my friends weren't thrilled with my new demeanor. :) delicious nutritious food is everything.

Ann says …

I think eat healthy foods makes you feel better at least it does for me.

Olive says …

You have to eat and drink fluids to stay balanced. I use to forget to eat solid, balanced foods and would find myself spinning out of balance throughout midday. It sounds like a slogan, but eating a great breakfast sure works for me!

Jodi says …

Great information- Love the idea of short podcasts for this type of information.

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