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Food-Mood Connection

Regardless of the choices of food and our surplus, we are an underfed society. Our convenience foods are so low in key nutrients our moods and energy. Sugar is placed in different forms in most of our foods which are ultra-processed and contribute to both obesity, health ailments, low energy, low drive, low motivation, anxiety, irritability, inattention and focus issues, and adrenal dysfunction. Choosing nutrient dense foods and slowly incorporating them in your diet can make all the difference in how you feel and think. Here is the breakdown of common healthier dietary practices. My goal is for you to have healthy eating behaviors but not to "diet". Since every body experiences different affects from the variety of foods and food combinations below, you'll need to experiment with what makes you feel mentally and physically the best. Click boxes below for links to topic.

One of the most important things you can do for your body is to get enough fresh filtered water. Water helps all cells function, washes out toxins, helps your kidneys function, increases energy, decreases anxiety, helps keep your weight balanced, and leads to restful sleep. Your body is approximately 60-70% water.

Getting a large variety of fruits and vegetables along w/animal protein sources help your cells get a variety of the nutrients you need to think, maintain focus, have enough energy, and improves digestion. Rotating foods, eating small consistent meals helps your body optimally function and helps to maintain balanced moods.

Breaking Down Popular Dietary Practices

This diet & mood

Anti-inflammatory Diet

The anti-inflammatory diet is a list of foods that decrease inflammation in the body. High levels of inflammation are the result of eating a diet high in ultra processed foods, sugar, nitrates, alcohol, and convenience foods. Anti-inflammatory foods are largely plant based, largely organic, contain natural sugars, healthy fats, moderate amounts of animal proteins, and minimal grains. 

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Plant Based Helps Mood

Plant Based Diet

A plant based diet stresses eating minimally processed foods and largely plant sourced foods. It limits animal food products (beef, pork, chicken, eggs, dairy, and fish); instead focusing on eating vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, seeds and nuts. These make up most of what is eaten. Ultra processed foods like refined foods which include added sugars, enriched non-organic white or wheat flour and processed oils such as soybean, safflower, corn oil, and peanut oils. Click on the button below for a link to a sample weekly eating plan.

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Keto Helps Focus

Keto Diet

The Keto Diet is a low-carb eating plant that helps to reduce appetite and provide healthy fats. It works well for persons struggling with focus and attention issues. Keto helps lead to weight loss through removing excess water, fat, and toxins. A significant amount of fat loss tends to occur in the abdominal area. Metabolically, Triglycerides are often greatly reduced and "Good cholesterol" known as HDL, increases.  This This dietary plan helps to reduce insulin resistance leading to more balanced blood sugar and mood levels. Health providers have noticed that abnormally elevated blood pressure tends to stabilize and return to normal. 

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Paleo Improves Mental Health

Paleo Diet

A paleo diet generally consists of lean meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts seeds, spices, healthy fats and oils These foods were obtained by hunter and gather peoples of old. This diet limits foods that became common when farming practices emerged. Foods excluded in this diet are legumes, dairy products and grains along with processed foods, sugar, soft drinks,  artificial sweeteners, most vegetable oils, margarine and trans fats.


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Mediterranean & Mental Clarity

Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean diet includes vegetables, fruits, herbs, nuts, beans and organic whole grains. Meals are created around plant-based foods. Moderate amounts of eggs, dairy, and poultry are also central to the Mediterranean Diet. Seafood is a key ingredient as opposed to red meat which is eaten occasionally.

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Gluten Free & Mental Health

Gluten Free Diet

Persons sensitive or allergic to gluten often experience distressing GI symptoms. Increasingly, people are adopting a gluten-free diet, even if they do not have celiac disease or gluten allergy because they report feeling better. Gluten is commonly found in many ultraprocessed foods. Gluten triggers immune system activity leading to damage of the small intestine lining. This eating plan claims benefits of following it leads to improved health, weight loss and increased energy.

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FODMAPS & mood

FODMAPS Diet

The low-FODMAP diet has mostly been studied in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). FODMAPs are a group of fermentable carbs that aggravate gut symptoms in sensitive people and is often recommended for managing irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms.

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Food Elimination Diet

There is a connection between food and mood and often it is related to food sensitivities. Often clients want blood tests to confirm allergies but they aren't fool proof and if you are sensitive, it won't always show up. Other times, clients have enough body inflammation that the test indicates they are allergic to many products. An easy and inexpensive approach is to try a 21 day, strict food elimination diet to "wash out" foods from your system. Once accomplished, you'd reintroduce them 1 at a time to see if you feel "reactive" or sensitive or if physical symptoms like migraines, bloating, or stomach aches return. Click the link below to learn how to do this investigation. 

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