“Food is everything we are. It’s an extension of nationalist feeling, ethnic feeling, your personal history, your province, your region, your tribe, your grandma. It’s inseparable from those from the get-go.”-  Anthony Bourdain

 

We all love a scrumptious meal to devour by ourselves. Some even consider food the ultimate form of comfort.  While some are picky eaters- fussing about every meal, others can wolf down anything and everything. But what we must keep in mind is that food can directly influence our brain, and thereby alter our mood. In order to avoid foods that may affect our body in negatively, we must understand foods and their effect.

Here is a list of items you may want to dodge:

 

1. COFFEE:

 

Sorry coffee enthusiasts! But coffee is a major source of mood swings. It can have an immense impact on your mood depending on your consumption. Once the high from caffeine turns off, you may end up feeling both physically and mentally drained. It may even lead to some chronic disorders like anxiety, depression, mood swings, etc.

 

 

2. SUGAR: 

Sugar is highly addictive. If you have sweet tooth then chances are you will experience mood swings frequently. Sugar gives a rush of energy for a brief amount of time. But moments later the high will crash down, leaving you depressed. It can make you feel lethargic and cranky.

 

 

3. ALCOHOL:

 

Alcohol high is similar to a sugar rush. You will like you are on top of the world but that will only last for a few hours. You may end up feeling extremely down once the high fades.

 

 

4. AERATED DRINKS:

 

Soft drinks contain basic carbs that are assimilated into the blood instantly. It gives the body a snappy increase of energy before the mood inevitably crashes. Avoid sodas and instead, pick a glass of fresh fruit juice.

 

 

5. COLD CUTS:

 

Cold cuts require added preservatives to keep them new and fresh for a more extended timeframe. These make you feel bloated and may even cause annoying headaches and mood swings.

 

 

6. PACKAGED JUICES:

Did you know that most packaged juices contain up to 20% of added sugar!? This extra inevitably leads to a sugar rush and a harder mood crash.