Eat Your Way Out of the Winter Blues

A daily dose of sunlight, regular exercise and a good night’s rest all boost your mood, here’s another great tip; carbohydrates. Start your day with a bowl of hearty oatmeal! Whole grain carbohydrates, like oatmeal, can help give your sullen winter mood a boost! Carbohydrates help to maintain serotonin levels, keeping you happy and preventing cravings for sweets. But don’t think you can snack on just anything carb related! Stay away from refined cards like white bread and sugar laden carbs like donuts that can send your sugar levels through the roof leading to worse spirits than before.

Magnesium is an essential mineral your body uses for hundreds of daily processes; one of its functions is to release the feel good hormone serotonin. Eating foods high in magnesium, like spinach, almonds and lentils can help boost the production of serotonin. Try adding a banana to your oatmeal or as an afternoon snack, they are packed with minerals that also help to release serotonin in the body. Don’t overload on caffeine either, too much can negatively impact your mood.

Mood-improving carbohydrates: Whole wheat bread, brown rice, whole grain cereals, fruit

Healthy sources of magnesium: Halibut, cashews, unprocessed peanut butter, black eyed peas, kidney and pinto beans and baked potatoes.