Lift Your Mood With Healthy Food!

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Author: Christina (3 Articles)

Christina is a contributing author at Gratitude Planet. She is a professional musician, midwestern native, and a mom to two very adorable girls.

Hello Everyone! This is my first post for Gratitude Planet. I have been subscribing for a while and decided to write something to share. (You can do this too! See the tool bar for the “Become a GP Contributing Author” for how to do it.) I hope you are all having a great start to your new year. I just want to tell a quick story to show how what you eat can change the way you feel. I have been honoring my New Year resolutions, and so far I have done pretty good. Changing habits can be like changing the direction of an ocean liner because first you have to STOP what you are doing so that you can get a new direction. If you are like me, I had some pretty intense momentum behind the habits I had. None of my resolutions were about eating differently, or losing weight (but we all have our list, right?). And I was changing what I did little by little with some small lapses, like most people who want to make a change in something. Here’s my story…

I was having a great day a few days ago and was on a gig, and then I noticed a huge spread of food and treats in the green room. Without much thought, I sampled a few things including a chocolate cupcake, some cookies, and some crunchy bar snacks. It was yummy. Later as the day went on I felt really cranky. I wasn’t inspired to do the things I said I would do to change my habits. Eating the sugar treats was fine, but I think it actually set me up for failure when it came to changing the things that I wanted to change. I didn’t think much more about it. I figured, “everyone has good days and bad days. I’m just snarky today.”

The next day I had a day off and was running all over town doing the things I had to get done. The day was much the same in many ways. I pulled in to the grocery for dinner food and an afternoon snack. First, I went to the bakery and feasted my eyes on the baked goods. (I have a real sweet tooth, can’t you tell?) But then I had an inspiration (call it guidance from Source?) to choose differently. I listened and followed my inspiration to the other side of the store, to the fruit section. There I found two things that sounded good to me in the moment: a green apple, and an 8 oz bottle of 100% carrot juice. I finished getting dinner food and got in the car to drive home. I snacked on my apple and carrot juice, which tasted really good ’cause I was really hungry. It was yummy! Again I didn’t give this too much thought in the moment.

Later that day, I had absolutely no trouble finding inspiration to follow my new year’s resolutions. I had good energy, and I was flying high on the emotional scale! (like up in the “Enthusiasm/Eagerness/Happiness” range) I have always heard that “you are what you eat” but I never wanted to be an apple or a bottle of carrot juice! Joking aside, eating real food for energy made a big difference for me, and this is affecting my eating choices today too. Gaining weight is not a worry for me, but feeling good is. Maybe YOU can try eating a little better today. See how it makes you feel. See if feeling better makes you do the things you want to do with even more ease. You might be really surprised by the difference it can make. In Joy and Appreciation, Christina

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    1. […] Everyone! I wrote a post called “Lift Your Mood With Healthy Food” a while back, and I wanted to write a short post today too. I have found that when I get stuck on a […]

    2. Christina says:

      Lee..
      glad to fill you with the words. Burp! LOL!!!!!!!

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    3. Christina says:

      Glad to Billy. It makes a huge difference in how you feel which is everything. Christina

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    4. Billy says:

      I’ve found that nutrition plays a vital roll to good mental and emotional health. If I don’t eat healthy, it can wreak havoc on my mental and emotional well being. Thanks for posting this truth, Christina.

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    5. Marie Gee says:

      Nice one Christina. Welcome to the GP author’s club. Plenty good room…

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    6. Lisa78 says:

      This is a great reminder for me too. I have a resolution to be healthier over all, and food is a big part of that plan.

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    7. Lee says:

      Christina, your post is incredibly inspiring and chuck full of “food for thought”…yock-yock!!! We are on the same page, as I also have made the resolution to eat more healthily, and like you, have also noticed a profound difference in my emotional balance. Let’s keep it up and see where it takes us!

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    8. GP Staff says:

      Christina,
      Thanks for sending this excellent post. I know the GP community will enjoy reading it and will be inspired by your words. Enjoy this most amazing day!

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