Kerri Mozessohn, CNP, Holistic Nutritionist
What happens when we remove pastas, breads, and cereal grains from our diet? Our energy goes up and our mood stabilizes! Can it be that easy? Refined carbohydrates are quick energy sources that spike blood sugar levels and lead to a subsequent crash. They might make us feel good for the short-term, but the longer-term consequences are never worth it. This is the familiar mood and energy roller-coaster that many of us ride day to day and is all too common in addiction recovery. So how can avoiding them make us feel better and more balanced? The answer is simple! By increasing our consumption of nutritionally dense carbohydrates: fruits and vegetables!
By increasing our daily intake of fruit and veg we can improve our mood. How? As Dr. Michael Greger points out, “many fruits and veggies contain higher levels of Vitamin C, which is an ‘important co-factor in the production of dopamine.’” Dopamine is our motivational neurotransmitter that gets us going and feeling good everyday. Not only that, but fruits and vegetables are densely packed with anti-oxidants which help to reduce inflammation. Feeling happy and decreasing inflammation are both import ingredients in not only addiction recovery but everyday health.
When it comes to psychological well-being, at the core is feeding our body with life-giving nutrients and the best way to achieve this is through the food we consume. Dr. Michael Greger is a physician, New York Times best selling author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on public health issues. Check out his full article and video below on how we can improve our mood through an increase in fruit and vegetable consumption alone.