As our food and mood addition comes to a close I want you to think about one thing. Your brain is always “on.” It takes care of your thoughts and movements, your breathing and heartbeat, your senses — it works hard 24/7, even while you’re asleep. This means your brain requires a constant supply of fuel. That “fuel” comes from the foods we eat — and what’s in that fuel makes all the difference.

What you eat directly affects the structure and function of your brain and, ultimately, your mood.

Like an expensive car, your brain functions best when it gets only premium fuel. Eating high-quality foods that contain lots of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants nourishes the brain and protects it from oxidative stress. That’s the bad stuff that can lead to cell and tissue damage. Salmon, kale, garlic, blueberries and olive oil are great brain foods.

Unfortunately, just like an expensive car, ingesting “low-premium” fuel (processed or refined foods) can be harmful to the brain. They are low in fiber and digest quickly which can cause swings in blood sugar and mood.

What’s interesting is that for many years, the medical field did not fully acknowledge the connection between mood and food. Today, the rapidly growing field of nutritional is finding many connections between what we eat and how we feel and even, how we behave.

It’s never too late to recognize how eating different foods makes you feel — not just in the moment, but the next day. Try eating a “clean” diet for two to three weeks — that means cutting out all processed foods and sugar. Then, slowly introduce foods back into your diet, one by one, taking note of any changes in how you feel. Using a food journal will help make this process easier. I can guarantee that you will start to feel better both physical and emotionally!

That’s a wrap to this month’s Food and Mood addition. Hope you enjoyed and took away a few good nuggets. If you are looking for more ways to “clean up” your diet, I encourage you to check out the Whole30.It changed my life for the better!

TODAY’S WORKOUT

3 Rounds For Time:
– 400 run
– 12 pull-ups
– 300 run
– 24 squats
– 200 run
– 17 pushups
– 100 run
– 22 situps