Wedding planning can be one of the most stressful things a person will go through in her life. Amidst the search for the perfect dress and waiting for the RSVPs to arrive, you will find yourself wanting to pull out your hair and dying for a hot fudge sundae. Your comfort food like fries and candy might do the trick of alleviating your mood – for the moment – before your sugar level plunges and sends you back into the depths of wedding prep despair. Before you call the pizza delivery hotline after learning your ringbearer has the chicken pox, take a deep breath and pop these comfort food alternatives instead; the calorie-counting bride will appreciate these healthy food that will also help your mood soar for longer.
These nuts are the undisputed kings of natural happy foods. Their store of the omega-3 fatty acid, Alpha-lionlenic acid (ALA) will kick any bad mood to the curb. ALA helps alleviate depression symptoms – studies have shown that women who consumed more ALA had a lower risk of being depressed and had a more positive outlook in life. Walnuts are also a rich source of energy that will keep your tank from running low during a long day trying on wedding gowns.
The combination of Selenium and Iodine gives the low-in-calorie-and-fat mussels their crown as a happy food. Iodine and Selenium are natural mood boosters and play a part in keeping your thyroid gland in order – the latter function also helps your body regulate weight. In fact, Selenium has been scientifically-proven to prevent postpartum depression.
Bet you didn’t know that calcium helps your brain release happiness-inducing neutrotransmitters. It has been found that women suffering from PMS were less irritable and depressed when consuming 1,300mg of calcium a day. Greek yogurt also happens to contain more protein than the run-of-the-mill variety and will help keep your figure svelte.
Amazingly, popcorn has tryptophan – an amino acid that aids the body’s effective production of tranquility-inducing brain chemical serotonin and as a result, elevates your mood! Researchers have found that people suffering from depression have low tryptophan levels. But before you think this gives you a good idea to binge on sweet popcorn at the movies, we are talking about popcorn in its purest form – air-popped without any seasoning.