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Friday, February 13, 2009

Break Bad Habits

Breaking bad habits can be very hard to some; but it is very important to break them, than them breaking us and our health. You have got to remember eve though it would b not easy, but I tell you, it would be worth it! So think about it and read the side effects of these bad habits and then decide which is really important.

Sometimes, simple tweaks are all it takes to boost your mood from foul to fair. Some of the most common bad-mood food habits include:

Eating too many carbohydrates. Carbohydrates have a calming effect on us because they affect our levels of serotonin, a brain chemical that regulates our mood, appetite, pain sensitivity, and sleep habits. But there can be too much of a good thing when it comes to carbs—particularly refined carbs—and it can be tough to stop eating them once you start. The result? I-can’t-believe-I-ate-the-whole-bag-of-chips fatigue.

Not eating enough carbohydrates. Conversely, people who shun carbs, such as followers of the Atkins diet, are not getting enough serotonin to boost their mood. Eating protein when you really crave pasta can lead to irritability.
Relying too heavily on caffeine. The energy boost you get from your morning java may morph into afternoon jitters, making you tense and jumpy.

Skimping on foods with mood-boosting properties. Studies show that eating plenty of foods with folate may help ward off depression. Opt for dark green leafy vegetables, lentils, kidney beans, orange juice, and folic acid-enriched cereals and breads. The mineral selenium is also important for mental health and is found in wheat germ, garlic, fish, shellfish, whole grains, sunflower seeds, and Brazil nuts.

Skipping or going too long between meals. This is a common reason for blood-sugar crashes, which can leave you weak, shaky, and unable to concentrate. Experts advocate eating something every three to four hours to keep your system on an even keel.

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