Ever pigged out on ice cream during a break-up? Stuffed your stomach full of beer and burgers after a stressful day at work? You just may be a comfort eater: someone who reaches for food in an attempt to “make them feel better” emotionally. Research in recent years has revealed that the majority of the time when we feel the need to be comforted, we reach for sinful foods with sinful consequences. The elements used to make your favorite guilty pleasures provide a short supply of dopamine: they’ll make you feel good temporarily. But unfortunately, the artificial ingredients eventually work against your body and may cause more harm than good in the long run.
Here are some items you can pick up instead of Doritos when you are feelings a bit down in the dumps:
(This also goes for you health nuts with medicine cabinets full of vitamins. Instead of buying bottles full of “vitamins”, we should probably start eating the foods that contain them. I know, you just had a brain freeze huh? Hard to wrap your head around that concept, I’m sure. I’ll let you take some time to handle that.)
* Avocados, baked potatoes(yes folks, with the skin), fresh tuna, bananas, green beans.= great sources of B6, which produces serotonin: a “feel good” hormone.
* Plain yogurt, fresh fish (plus it has fatty omega 3)= great (and) inexspensive sources of B12
* Lowered immune systems can also make us lethargic, sad and out of whack with our environments: try foods high in Vitamin C= broccoli, oranges, and strawberries