The Difference Between Mood & Food is One Letter

One year ago, September 2018, a mother said, “I know it’s hard, Maddie”, slid a Hershey’s chocolate under her daughter’s bedroom door, and finished with “… but I promise it’s going to get better.” Cue Maddie gently opening her door, holding her mother’s gaze, smiling, and joining her mother for presumably more chocolate.

The Hershey Company is clever. They recognize the intensity of the mood-food connection. Romantic comedies recognize it, too. The leading lady reaches for a spoon and tub of ice cream when her heart aches greatest, whereas her happy and successful archnemesis dines on sea bass and lobster while soothing music cocoons the moment and candles cast a glow that softens her sculpted cheekbones. 

The message is clear: Mood and food are connected, for better or worse. And typically, the unhealthy food accompanies the worse.

So what does this mean? Is it possible you really are what you eat? Do specialists believe you can eat your way toward happiness and by default, unhappiness? 

Yes.

The brain requires constant fuel. Unlike a car, it never stops. Thoughts, movement, heartbeat, breath, senses. These things, and more, require the brain’s constant attention.

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TEMPTATION NATION: The Reason We Ignore Our Logic

We know.

No matter what we say to make ourselves feel better about our dwindling health, we know.

Researchers and health campaigns preach and have for decades, the importance of balanced nutrition and a non-sedentary life. These two things are proven to combat depression, anxiety, suicide, tooth and gum decay, stress, and countless other things we know wreck our world. And yet, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), “worldwide obesity has nearly tripled since 1975”. One of the most heartbreaking realities WHO shares is that children under the age of 5 who were overweight or obese in 2016 numbered 41 million,

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New study has linked ADHD with fatty acids

In May 2019, researchers in Spain published a study in the peer-reviewed journal Brain Sciences, showing a connection between diet and ADHD.

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Healthy diet linked to lower odds of depression

In June 2019, researchers in Korea published a study in the peer-reviewed journal Current Developments in Nutrition, showing a connection between diet and depression.

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This diet may reduce anxiety, distress & depression

In June 2019, the peer-review journal Nutritional Neuroscience published a study by researchers in Canada and Iran that shows a connection between diet and mental health.

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Pro-inflammation diet could raise depression risk by 15%

In June 2019, The Journal of Nutrition published the findings of researchers in France who had investigated any connection between a pro-inflammation diet and depression risk.

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This vitamin connected to depression during pregnancy

In May 2019, the peer-reviewed journal Research in Nursing & Health published a study in which researchers from the United States reported a link between vitamin B12 levels and depression among pregnant women.

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This diet may improve cognition

In December 2013, researchers in Spain published a study in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry, showing a connection between diet and cognition.

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Yet another reason to not drink soft drinks.

In 2017, researchers in China recruited over 8,000 university students in a study exploring links between soft drink consumption and mental health. They published the results of that study earlier this month in the peer-reviewed journal Public Health Nutrition.

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Eating this food may increase your Alzheimers risk

In March 2019, researchers in China published a study in The Journal of Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease, showing a connection between diet and cognitive function.

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