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?
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.