Sunday, May 26, 2024

Certain Foods And Drinks Can Trigger A Bad Mood

Food has a huge impact – hungry, hangery, full, and satisfied – but did you know it can also put you in a bad mood?

Our relationships with food is complicated.  Sometimes after consuming a delicious meal that we know is bad for us, our body feels sluggish. Or sometimes you have a craving and go in search for a particular flavor profile.  Some people love sweets and others love savory. Food is an important part of our daily life and drives some decisions.  But did you know certain foods and drinks can trigger a bad mood?

A lot of our favorite comfort foods and beverages, like fries, mac and cheese, cookies, sodas and coffee drinks tend to provide side effects with no nutritional value. The quick burst of energy and dopamine they provide is fleeting, leaving you feeling cranky and hungry soon after.

“Emotional eating is a cyclical process where low mood leads to eating foods likely to spike your blood sugar, giving us a dose of dopamine, but then it drops at the same time as we start to feel guilty,” psychologist Lee Chambers. “This combination often makes us feel a lack of satisfaction, with feelings of guilt, shame and regret.”

Here are some foods and beverages which could be guilty of making you grumpy.

Coffee 

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While coffee generally makes us feel great first thing in the morning, too much of it can make us feel jittery and irritable. If you’re particularly sensitive to caffeine, you might even have trouble sleeping at night. In order to prevent this, it’s helpful to limit your coffee and caffeine intake, including teas, sodas, and the like. If you need a pick me up during the day and have already had some coffee, consider eating something filling, with protein. If you’re in a time crunch, stock up on energy bars and have them around your car and house.

Junk foods

Fries, pizza bites, chips and other kinds of comforting junk foods contain high amounts of saturated fats, refined sugars and more. These can cause energy crashes and can make you feel tired for long periods of time. While it’s unrealistic to never eat these kinds of foods, we should all aim for consuming relatively healthy foods throughout our days, keeping you energized, that way we can enjoy the times we consume those kinds of meals. Here’s why fast food makes us cranky.

Alcohol

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Having a cocktail or a glass of wine is fun, until it isn’t. The substance is a depressant, slowing parts of the brain and creating a delay to how we react to outside events. It’s why drunk people are uncoordinated and can fall easily. It’s also why they should never drive. Alcohol also causes a loss of inhibition, which is why there’s angry or very emotional drunks who say things they’ll later regret. But the bad mood often kicks in the next morning, when you wake up with a crippling hangover that equally cripples your otherwise productive day.

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