Link Between Food and Mood

Foods to keep you happy, confident and healthy

There are a lot of things we need to consider related to food, staying healthy and feeling good about ourselves.  Here, I’m just listing 2 key areas I believe strongly in.

There is a big connection between carbohydrates and your mood. Your mood is linked to a chemical in the brain called serotonin. By eating smart carbs like whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and legumes (beans) you can feel good about yourself.

Low levels of vitamin D have been linked to depression.  You can take vitamin D in pill form, you can get it from certain foods, but you can also get it straight from the sun. This is the best source for vitamin D.  A good 30 to 60 minutes 2 to 3 times a week should do the trick.  So soak up a few rays (with plenty of sun screen on) and it will make a difference in how you feel about yourself.

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About Carol Langlois
Dr Carol is a former University Dean and Associate Provost, trained therapist, researcher, educational consultant and writer. During her training, she counseled hundreds of clients in one-on-one sessions as well as in group settings where her work was with college freshman dealing with transitional and developmental issues on campus. Her primary research focus is female self-esteem development among teens. Her published dissertation “The effects of single gender versus coeducational environments on the self-esteem development and academic competence of high school females” focused on 15 year old girls in the Bay Area where her research findings showed disturbingly low levels of self-esteem across the board. This staggering discovery has led her to further research this topic. She is working on her second book called Girl Talk: Boys, Bullies and Body Image, which is a compilation of interviews with teens girls on the topic of self-esteem while offering an effective and practical system designed to RAISE (Resilience, Attitude, Independence, Self-Respect and Empowerment) teen self-esteem. In addition, she runs groups for non-profits interested in adding self-esteem training into their overall mission. carol@dr-carol.com

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