Recently, while visiting a networking group I bumped into a health coach and radio talk show host. Interestingly, it’s titled Eat Great Live Well, which I couldn’t agree with more! As you probably know already, nutrition plays a huge role in mood, energy, perspective, motivation, and more. We can actually eat functionally and medicinally if we choose our foods with intention. Our bodies produce certain neurotransmitters in response to different foods. This makes a lot of sense when you think about the foods we crave during stressful times or during our monthly cycle. For example, if you are feeling anxious or stressed you may crave carbohydrates which produce serotonin and give you temporary relief. You can be strategic about this by choosing whole grains and avoid crashing later. Oatmeal is one of my all time favs because it has so many health benefits and keeps me full longer. The following article does a good job of summarizing how to begin exploring foods to support your mood, but back to the talk show. I ran into this coach and was asked to share my experience in working with women, disordered eating, and body image using art therapy and wanted to share it with you!
P.S. Those are spoons in the picture above. It seemed pretty appropriate to the topic but not so easy to see. Anyway, I’d love to hear what you learn from the interview and/or your experience in using food to comfort difficult feelings or any other strategies that you have employed! Just leave me a comment below.