• Tracy Southwick

Tips From Tracy... For Using Food to Lift Your Mood

Updated: May 19, 2020

“Hangry” between meals?  A high carb diet can wreak havoc on your blood sugar and your mood.  If you find yourself feeling irritable, weak and/or spacey between meals (aka Hangry), you might be suffering with low blood sugar.  Always eat protein and good fat with each meal/snack and reduce intake of sugars and processed foods.  Snacking on foods like nuts and hard boiled eggs between meals can help, too.  Low blood sugar can be an indicator of adrenal issues, so supporting your adrenals can be helpful – ask us how.

Scattered?  MSG is a big culprit with this, in adults and children.  Both MSG and Aspartame are excitotoxins that cause damage to the brain.  Most MSG is hidden in foods under different names, such as Yeast Extract, Carageenan, Hydrolyzed Proteins, and sodium and calcium caseinate.  Check out this link to learn more from expert Dr. Russell Blaylock. 

Feeling depressed or in a fog after eating? This is a common result of food intolerance/sensitivities (as well as rashes, aches, indigestion, fatigue and more).  It can take up to 4 days for symptoms to appear, but usually you are eating the offending food(s) on a regular basis, so it is hard to determine the actual sensitivities.  I highly recommend using our ALCAT food sensitivity test to pick up on sensitivities you might miss.

Feeling sleepy and bloated after a meal? You may not be digesting your foods properly.  This is especially common after the age of 35 or 40.  Try taking digestive enzymes with your meals and snacks to help you break down the food so you can properly absorb the nutrients. Also, chewing food completely is very important, as digestion starts with the enzymes in the mouth.