There is nothing better than “comfort food” when you are having a bad day.
You go to the fridge and pull out that tupperware care package your mom sent over stuffed to the top with your favorite childhood delights.
You can’t help yourself but to also run to these when you are trying to feel better. Then you blame it on the meal when you start to gain weight and the term “comfort food” has now become TABU.
Well it is not the food that is the problem!
Turns out, when selected correctly, certain foods CAN, in fact, be used (in moderation, of course) to remove the stress of a long day or a fight with a spouse.
Do you know the warm, tingling you feel when you’re in a good mood? That’s the rush of the hormone serotonin being released from your brain. Serotonin is the “feel good hormone” and is crucial to battling stress. Your serotonin levels are directly related to your mood. The higher your levels of serotonin, the better you’ll be able to handle stress.
Serotonin is produced from the amino acid, tryptophan. Tryptophan is found in a variety of foods; the foods with the highest levels are:
- Calf Liver
- Mustard greens
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