Depressing February is here again… If you’re among the legions of commuters who trudge to the tube in the pitch black and back home again, not seeing daylight until Saturday, you’ll be counting down the days until 28th March when the clocks go forward and life just seems that bit brighter.
To help you survive until spring The Pure Package have some mood enhancing food tips for you to tackle those energy slumps when typing an email becomes a marathon feet of endurance.
So don’t retire to Gloomsville with a large bar of chocolate and a bottle of wine, you’ll only feel worse for it in the morning. Follow our advice and you’ll feel energised, positive and healthy.
- Eat Breakfast. Studies have shown that eating breakfast can lift mood and energy. Try fresh fruit, granola muesli (with pumpkin, sunflower & linseed for essential fats) and fresh live natural yoghurt.
- Balance blood sugar levels and eat every 3 or so hours. Eat a combination of complex carbohydrates & protein. Carbohydrates supply the brain with quick energy, and research shows they may boost both mood and performance when you’re under stress. The protein will help level out blood sugar levels which in turn will even out our moods. Try a banana with a handful of cashew nuts.
- Get your daily intake of essential fats, from…Oily fish, raw nuts and seeds. Necessary for optimum brain function they will help keep depressive thoughts at bay.
- Eat foods high in B vitamins. They stimulate the brain’s production of serotonin, helping you relax. Raw almonds, pistachios and walnuts, salmon, scallops or prawns, or have some low fat live natural yoghurt.
- Feeling stressed…Try potassium. It is an electrolyte that helps lower blood pressure. Bananas, avocados and pulses are great sources. Try an avocado & chickpea dip with carrot sticks.
- Exercise – It is a terrific way to boost mood and energy levels. Release those feel good chemicals by working out for an average of 30 minutes per day.