Eat well to stay happy this January

Feel likeJanuary’s dragging on forever? Eat well to stay happy this month with mood boosting foods!

  • A third of Brits (34 per cent) find it difficult to stay positive in January*
  • 36 per cent say that their mood is worse at the start of the year compared to any other time*
  • The most common word associated with January was ‘grey’ (41 percent) followed by ‘gloomy’ (39 per cent)*

What have you tried to stay happy this January?

  • 21% of people have tried exercise*
  • 19% have eaten healthily*
  • 17% have booked a holiday for later in the year*
  • Only 7% of Brits have said they’ve tried mood boosting foods this month*
  • Only 4% have undertook mindfulness in order to help them through the January slump*

Nutritionist Anita Bean said: “We all have times when we feel down in the dumps, but lifestyle factors such as eating a healthy diet containing lots of fruit and vegetables, being active, getting outside in the fresh air as much as possible and spending time with loved ones can really help to lift our moods.”

Anita tells us which foods to eat well to stay happy this January:

Cherries – cherries help your brain to produce the mood-enhancing hormone serotonin. They are also a rich food source of the hormone melatonin which promotes healthy sleep patterns.

Nuts – studies show that eating a handful of nuts a day can increase levels of serotonin, a hormone that makes us feel happier and decreases feelings of hunger.

Dark chocolate – contains high levels of phenols, which cause the brain to release endorphins and boost mood, but its high in calories so keep portions small!

Bananas – high in tryptophan and vitamin B6, essential for making serotonin whilst also containing carbohydrates, which trigger the production of insulin and raise serotonin levels in the brain.

Oily fish (e.g. salmon, sardines and mackerel), walnuts and chia seeds – contain high levels of omega-3s, low levels of which are linked with depression. Omega-3s are important for the proper function of the brain and can also have a positive impact on mood.

Pumpkin seeds – one of the best sources of tryptophan, which is the building block for serotonin (our happy hormone).

Oats – with a low glycaemic index they are a great source of slow release energy; this will prevent blood sugar spikes and in turn stop you getting tired and moody.

*New researched released by Love Fresh Cherries and Opinium.

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