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December 28, 2018

How what you eat can make you standout in a crowd — guest post

Peaceful

Essentially, we are all special but have a hard time expressing our uniqueness.

That is why many people, no matter how talented they are, simply fall into the crowd and become average. The battle to be different is a constant one and the best weapon for self-awareness is being in a good mood.

This sounds simple enough but it is really hard to be in the radiant mood all the time. This takes a lot of time and effort that would be unimaginable without some extra help.
The support from your friends and family is welcoming but there are more physical, or physiological ways you can boost your mood and really stand out from the crowd.

“We are what we eat” is an adage that could not be truer in the case of our daily mood. It is true that there are certain types of food that influence our mood.
By consuming them regularly we can actively influence the way we feel.
The right diet could help us smile more, lead a better life, and stay healthy, so there is no reason not to discover the wonderful world of mood-boosting foods.

Oats

Cereals are an important part of any diet and they are something that children love to eat for breakfast with milk.
This should not come as a surprise as oats and other cereals constitute a healthy and organic breakfast option.

When it comes to making us smile more, oats, in particular, contain the right ingredients. They have a low glycemic index which means that they release energy slowly, keeping blood sugar levels stable at all times.

Since sugar intake is to be blamed for hyperactive behavior, this means that our mood will gradually become better in a matter of seconds.

Anyone who gets a rush from a chocolate candy bar might want to consider switching to sweets with oats in them.

To top it all, oats are rich in selenium as well. If you dislike the taste cereals have, besides milk, you can always add honey, nuts, yogurt or fruits to add to the flavor and further boost the protein intake.

Spinach

The popular myth that spinach is rich in iron has been proven false but does not mean that spinach isn’t nutritious — quite the contrary.

It is rich in vitamin B, the deficiency of which has been linked to depression.
Since vitamin B3, B6, and B12 can be found in spinach, its regular consumption has the potential to slow the development of depression and in combination with other foods listed here, it can even stop it altogether.

Spinach

The best thing about spinach is that there are several ways to eat it since it is not the main course. It can be a salad if eaten raw and seasoned with olive oil and garlic. However, most frequently it is served as a side dish to meat.

Regardless of how you decide to consume it, spinach, alongside its counterpart broccoli, can have a tangible effect on your mood, so don’t skip it next time it is on the table, literally.

Whey protein

Staying hydrated is an important aspect of working out.

We see bodybuilders constantly carrying bottles around the gym but they are not always filled with water.
In many cases, they contain whey protein, which is a mixture of 80% casein and 20% whey. Essentially, whey is the results of dairy processing that is grinded into a powder low in lactose that contains nine amino acids.
It is not just a great source of protein ideal for athletes but it is rich in minerals like calcium and vitamins such as B12.
As mentioned earlier, this vitamin, in particular, is effective in fighting depression, so all gym-goers can use whey protein to feel more relaxed while exercising.

Unfortunately, many beginners are put off by the fact that they do not know how to properly introduce whey protein to their diet, despite numerous online guides providing information on how to get True Protein the right way.
In fact, this is true for many food types listed here, so you must inform yourself well before you include oats or spinach in your diet as well.

Water

This life-giving liquid on our list is perhaps the most unexpected item. You are probably wondering: how can plain water contribute to my radiant smile?

Well, the answer is quite simple. Staying hydrated all the time is essential for our health. Once even the mildest form of dehydration sets in, there can be no talk of a good mood or any other mood for that matter. That is why it is important to stick to the recommended daily water intake amount of some two liters, which sums up to some eight glasses a day.

This may seem excessive, but this is the amount that we need to function properly, both physically and mentally.  Remember, even the fruit you eat is rich in water, so this counts in our daily goal.

Hydrate

If you are finding it difficult to hydrate sufficiently, try getting a recyclable water bottle and carrying it at your person everywhere you go. This way, you could take a sip every time you have nothing better to do, like waiting at the dentist’s office.

Needless to say, don’t take too much water at once, like gulping down an entire liter. Like with many things in life, overkilling it is not the answer.

Finally, never let it slip your mind that positive mood should be consistent. This is why any change in your diet, regardless of which item or items from this list you decide to include, should essentially be a long-term change.
The radiant mood you are aiming for can only come as the result of a painstaking process that will have to include a lot of self-discipline.

However, do not fall into despair, because persistence is exactly what the crowd lacks. And plus, you’ve got a secret weapon up your sleeve to help you succeed: mood-boosting food.

Mia Johnson is a freelance writer with a ten-year long career in journalism. She has written extensively about health, fitness, and lifestyle. A native to Melbourn, she now lives in Sidney with her 3 dogs where she spends her days writing and taking care of her 900 square feet garden.

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