Starting each day with a nutritional supplement, like EMPowerplus Advanced, is fantastic, but a vitamin alone won’t save you from the mountain of processed food and sugary beverages you consume.
You’ve Already Learned the Secret
You’ve likely heard one or more of the following common phrases:
“You are what you eat.”
“Abs are made in the kitchen.”
“Losing weight is 80% diet and 20% exercise.”
“You can’t outrun your fork.”
These phrases are common for a reason; they speak the truth. You cannot work out for an hour and follow that by a carbo-fest muffin and a sugary avalanche latte and expect your exercise to lead to the transformation you desire.
Do you wake up with numb hands? Do you have a hard time sleeping? Does the snooze button receive more attention than your breakfast? Does your energy need resuscitation? Does your mind feel more cluttered than an impromptu flea market? Do your clothes feel uncomfortable? Does your skin constantly host blemishes? If you said yes to any of these questions, look at your diet for answers.
Your Diet and Mood Share an Unbreakable Bond
Have you ever thought about the correlation between food and mood? U.S. News spotlights the following ways that your diet can affect your mood, and they’re worth your attention:
- You don’t eat regularly.
- “When you go too long without eating, your blood sugar sinks and mood swings ensue.”
- “Breakfast is particularly important– especially for children: Studies show it helps kids perform better and get into less trouble at school.”
- You skimp on carbs.
- “Carbohydrates have long been demonized, but your body needs carbs to produce serotonin– a feel-good brain chemical that elevates mood, suppresses appetite, and has a calming effect.”
- “Researchers suggest that low-carb dieters are more likely to feel tired, angry, depressed, and tense than those who get the recommended amount.”
- “Only complex carbs– high in fiber and packed with whole grains– have a positive effect on mood, whereas simple carbs (think candy, cake, cookies, and other sugary choices) bring you down.”
- You fall short on omega-3 fatty acids.
- “Omega-3s– found in fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, and sardines– improve both memory and mood.”
- “Research suggests that low omega-3 levels are associated with depression, pessimism, and impulsivity.”
- You neglect important nutrients.
- “Getting too little iron can spell depression, fatigue, and inattention, research suggests.”
- “Scientists have also found that insufficient thiamine can cause ‘introversion, inactivity, fatigue, decreased self-confidence, and a poorer mood,’ according to a recent report…”
- You eat too much fat.
- “Greasy choices– particularly those high in saturated fat– are linked to both depression and dementia.”
- “What’s more, a large, high-fat meal will almost instantly make you feel sluggish.”
- You chug without thinking.
- “In moderate amounts, caffeine can enhance physical and mental performance, but too much can spur anxiety, nervousness, and mood swings.”
Throwing a vitamin, regardless of its quality, into your day and engaging in regular sweat-inducing workouts can not overpower the adverse effects of the sweet tea coursing through your veins and mint chocolate chip ice cream sliding into your stomach.
Is this cruel that you need to treat your body like a temple to enjoy your body’s ultimate performance? It’s not cruel; it’s fair. If you want your body, which includes your energy, mood, attitude, and much more, to operate at its fullest potential, then you need to pay attention to what you put in your body.
Since You Buy the Food, You Also Control the Temptations
Your pantry is 100% in your control. If you buy the groceries, you hold the power. Do not fill your cabinets with food that steals your energy, karate-chops your mood, causes inflammation, makes clear skin challenging to achieve, and taunts you every time your resolve to eat healthy weakens. Take a daily vitamin, like the most-studied micronutrient in the world, EMPowerplus Advanced, keep your home stocked with healthy foods and beverages, and remember that everything you eat carries a positive or negative consequence.
Author: Evelyn Lindell
Certified Health & Wellness Coach