Food to Make or Break Your Mood

It’s not how many times you get knocked down that count, it’s how many times you get back up.

– George A. Custer

Isn’t that true? We go through phases in life, where life is like a series and you just don’t know what’s going to happen next. The next episode can be the best one you’ve watched thus far or the worst. What can you do to control that?

Many of you have probably heard that a big bucket of ice cream after a break-up can mend a broken heart? That has some element of truth to it! Maybe not the ice cream per se, but there is indeed certain food that can make or break your mood! Here’s a rundown of five foods that can pick you up, or knock you down!


To be happy as a clam, indulge in:

1. OYSTERS, OYSTERS, OYSTERS! Ah how much we love us some oysters! For good reason apparently! Oysters are one of nature’s richest sources of zinc. Zinc has been proven to be associated with improved moods, and three ounces of oysters contains around 52 mg of zinc. Go get your dose now!

2. Pomegranate! Because if the fruit wasn’t already good enough, the juice just got a whole lot better! Pomegranate juice can lower blood pressure, anxiety, and depression if consumed on a daily basis!

3. Clams! Clams have a lot of vitamin B12. Low levels of that vitamin can lead to depression. Make sure you stock up on your clams for that additional vitamin B12!

4. Chocolate! Yummy yummy chocolate! You now have a reason to indulge in that rich, dark chocolate! The chemicals it contains such as polyphenol, have mood-boosting effect while keeping you calm and content!

5. Coffee. The moment you’ve all been waiting for. People who drank two or more cups of coffee a day were less likely to become depressed. That happy boost can be attributed to caffeine, which increases dopamine and serotonin transmission within 30 minutes! 


To avoid feeling like Debbie Downer, steer clear of:

1. Refined carbohydrates. Research has shown that adding refined carbs to your diet will actually increase your likelihood of depression. Why eat something that will make you depressed?

2. Sugar. Too much sugar can eventually lead to a rise in levels of inflammation throughout the body and brain. Research has shown that there are higher levels of brain inflammation in clinically depressed patients. Try to cut back on sugar then!

3. Artificial sweeteners. Even though they make not cause depression, they enhance the symptoms for people with a history of depression. They also reduce the “happy” hormone – serotonin, in the brain.

4. Trans fat. These have been associated with an increase in depression. While olive oil has benefits such as reducing depression, trans fats do not. Reduce those from your diet.

5. Processed food. We’re sure this does not come as a surprise to you! People who consumed a lot of processed foods face an increased risk of depression.

Now that you have the secret to controlling your own mood (and others’ for that matter), what are you going to do about it? Not quite sure? We have a solution for you. Hire a private chef here at ChefXChange and request a unique mood-boosting culinary experience for you and your friends!

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