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Hey dood, let's conclude what foods are good for mood

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created August 21, 2012 at 10:13 PM

What foods can improve our mood?

For myself, I vote tea and oranges. Not sure about oranges, but there are some double blind studies supporting tea's effects on stress:

"The effects of tea on psychophysiological stress responsivity and post-stress recovery: a randomised double-blind trial"

What foods do you eat to improve your mental state?

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on August 22, 2012
at 03:17 AM

I have no idea where youd get soursop from though :P

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

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on August 22, 2012
at 03:17 AM

^ You can get the lotus stuff from chinese supermarkets...

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on August 22, 2012
at 03:04 AM

Greens make me high too.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on August 22, 2012
at 01:44 AM

I want some soursop fruit too! And lotus roots and seeds!

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on August 22, 2012
at 01:43 AM

I get high on spinach.

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on August 21, 2012
at 10:57 PM

High quality salmon, lots of kale. Lots of sea salt. Seriously, though. I get high on kale.

6b365c14c646462210f3ef6b6fecace1

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on August 22, 2012
at 03:04 AM

Greens make me high too.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on August 22, 2012
at 01:43 AM

I get high on spinach.

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on August 21, 2012
at 10:37 PM

Bacon & chocolate for pure taste/palate pleasure. But frankly good perogies do this for me too! Half-Ukrainian, after all.

In general increasing my fat intake with coconut oil, omega 3s, etc definitely helped my cognitive ability - and feeling mentally clear can help my overall feeling of health/happiness even if it's indirect to mood.

Krill oil can help reduce PMS symptoms including moodiness, but that's a supplement, not sure if that counts for this question.

Eating enough fat & protein and reducing carbs to level out my blood sugar helps keep me from getting hangry fo sho.

Does booze count?

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F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on August 22, 2012
at 01:42 AM

Chocolate ice-cream. Chocolate mousse. Tiramisu. My stomach hurts like hell and I feel like dying afterwards, but the moment my spoon hits the mouth... I am happy!

On a more serious tone, foods that put me in a good mood:

  • grass fed lamb - a fatty cut
  • watermelon
  • persimmons
  • pomegranates
  • spinach
  • bananas
  • cashews
  • blackberries

P.S. Is mascarpone Paleo?

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on August 21, 2012
at 11:31 PM

Thick juicy bacon with eggs, dark chocolate, watermelon oranges and strawberries always make me happy.

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on August 21, 2012
at 10:44 PM

sweet potatoes...ummm carbs

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on August 22, 2012
at 01:57 AM

Purely from my own experience in the last few weeks (and therefore probably not effective): but... sea salt. I consume it straight from the container until it the taste becomes too salty (at first it usually doesn't taste salty), at which point I assume that my body has enough salt.

Danny Roddy also wrote something about salt for mental health.

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Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

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on August 22, 2012
at 01:24 AM

I would say, long term mood modifyiers would be: Soursop fruit, lotus root and lotus seeds.

Precursor foods would be: Meat, but particularly fish and chicken for their respective tryrosine and tryptophan content (as well as omega-3s for the fis), bananas, avocados (tryptophan), nuts (tyrosine and inositol). But I think people on paleo are unlikely to be short of precursors. Choline may also be added to this list (eggs and liver), as it does appear to have some tangental connection with mood.

Short term mood boosters (with potential crash) - sugar and chocolate and other stimulants

I would say though, the effects of exercise, human contact and sunshine, long term especially, far outweigh the effects of most foods, provided you dont have some nutritional lack.

Personally, if I feel like some extra relaxation, I reach for the black tea, or chamomile for their mild gaba agonist effects - or I take a bath, or go for a walk.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on August 22, 2012
at 01:44 AM

I want some soursop fruit too! And lotus roots and seeds!

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

(5381)

on August 22, 2012
at 03:17 AM

^ You can get the lotus stuff from chinese supermarkets...

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

(5381)

on August 22, 2012
at 03:17 AM

I have no idea where youd get soursop from though :P

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on August 21, 2012
at 10:27 PM

a big bowl of straight-up grass-fed ground beef browned in coconut oil makes me high for hours.

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