It’s not always about losing a few kilos or seeing yourself in a more slender figure. Also, it is necessary to avoid the stress or toxic charges physical and emotional. Many foods can bring us well-being and harmony especially in times where “emotional hunger” is present.
We do not always eat by hunger. Also, we eat when we are sad, nervous, angry, bored … And many of us know that sometimes this urge to eat is greater than our strength. It is what many experts call “emotional hunger.” Can you calm down? Yes, our food can help us regain harmony.
Foods that maintain emotional balance
What is that about “emotional nutrition”? It is a formula to control “emotional hunger.” The nutrients in some foods are an extraordinary aid to maintain emotional balance. There are so many possibilities that you will find it very easy to include any of them in your daily diet.
1. Omega 3
These healthy fats form the basis of a type of diet especially anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective and jealous of emotional well-being. Vegetable oils, nuts, almonds or in the form of supplements show a dramatic decrease in anxiety rates, in addition to decreasing symptoms of depression.
Curcumin is a magic molecule with more than 100 beneficial activities in the body. In addition to anti-cancer, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and many other things, it has the precious ability to cross the blood brain barrier in the brain, where it develops its neuroprotective role (beneficial for neurodegenerative diseases, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, stroke) … and is capable of improving mood.
3. Fermented and probiotics
A multitude of fermented vegetables and dairy act as balancers of the intestinal microbial flora, the microbiota, responsible for producing the majority of the organism’s serotonin, the main neurotransmitter related to mood. 95% of serotonin is produced in the intestine and among other functions, regulates mood, emotions and appetite. Avoid tension elements (medications and others) and the correct supply of probiotics is essential.
4. Dried fruits
In general, all contribute various minerals, such as magnesium and iron, that prevent neuronal fatigue and associated anxiety states. Some, like cashews, are especially rich in tryptophan, the precursor amino acid of serotonin, which is the neurotransmitter that gives serenity, calm and patience, as well as helping you sleep well and relax .
5. Red fruits
Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, cherries, pomegranates, blueberries and others, rich in flavonoids and anthocyanins, offer an incomparable cascade of healthy substances and very beneficial for relieving stress and anxiety. They contribute to the production of dopamine, which facilitates cognitive work and stimulates a balanced mood.
6. Chocolate, tea and coffee
Stresses the antioxidant role of green tea, the stimulating effect of the central nervous system of coffee at adequate mini doses, which increases the level of endorphins, and dark chocolate, without added sugars, which reduces cortisol, the stress hormone, and generates well-being and a good mood.
Often emotional hunger masquerades as appetite. How can we detect it?
- Recognize and attend to your emotional triggers: difficulties, loneliness, fears and stress situations hide behind the binge.
- Paying attention to a healthy diet helps to balance emotions, anxiety and stress.
- The emotional body will not be satisfied until it finds its own food: affection, physical contact, exercise, a massage, meditation, peace …
- Eat consciously, appreciating the texture when chewing, slowly, savoring the food, sitting at the table, without hurry.
- Practice emotional nutrition without falling into obsessions.
The macrobiota affects our behavior
It turns out that we all have in the intestine a lot of millions of bugs, which are normally beneficial and necessary, their imbalance can lead to overweight and various health problems. They are also able to affect their behavior, even responsible for some of the anxiety crises and also that they cannot resist eating without stopping, standing there, in front of the refrigerator, until the chocolate bar is finished whole.
Probiotics help balance our appetite
Probiotics are microorganisms that cause health benefits when consumed. Probiotics are found in the body naturally, but they can also be present in some foods such as yogurts. The main ones are lactobacilli and bifidobacteria.
It is not just about taking care of our diet, but it is necessary to pay attention to the emotional environment and contribute to the balance of the microbiota.
A good dinner, with alkaline, anti-inflammatory and probiotic foods, rich in omega 3 and antioxidants. They will undoubtedly be a way to pamper ourselves and strengthen our system not only physically but emotionally.