There are days when nothing seems to be up to the mark. Despite watching your favorite movie on your laptop or playing with your pet pooch in the park, you do not feel completely satisfied. If you are a woman, you might want to blame it on hormonal imbalances. Whatever the reason might be, the pursuit of happiness remains unfulfilled.
How would you feel if I told you that all you need to feel completely happy is a forkful of a special diet?
Surprised? No, don’t dismiss this as fanciful optimism. Upcoming research in nutrition and neuroscience proves that changing what you eat daily can considerably and positively alter your mood, boost your brain health and improve your focus. All this, while keeping the dreaded kilos at bay.
Welcome to the world of the Happiness Diet. As far as I am concerned, there couldn’t be any better news in the beginning of the week than this. Here’s what you need to include in your grocery list:
Eggs: Containing vitamin B12 (crucial for nerve cells), folate, iodine and vitamin D, an egg is a nutritional powerhouse and also, the perfect brain food. An egg alone is capable of keeping irritability, depression and cognitive decline at bay.
Fish: Studies reveal that countries that consume the highest amount of fish have the lowest rates of depression, bipolar disorder and other mood related problem, thanks to the presence of Omega-3 fatty acids in fish. Your best bet? Wildly caught salmon.
Tomatoes: These ruby delights are brimming with mood enhancers like lycopene, folate, magnesium, iron and vitaminB6.
Walnuts: Again, scores high in the happiness nutrients like Omega 3, folate, iron, magnesium, vitamin E, zinc etc (you should know the list of happy nutrients by heart now). A walnut is like a multivitamin supplement, occurring naturally, of course.
Other items in the list: Beetroot, small potatoes, garlic, whole grains, grass-fed butter and meat (far superior than grain-fed butter and meat) and anchovies.
Things to omit from your list: Processed food loaded with sugar. According to research, high sugar intake and depression go hand in hand.