Nutrition & Mood

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5 Nervines To Relieve Stress And Calm You Down

Just as “adaptogen” is a classification of herbs, so is “nervine.” One major difference is that adaptogens are general in their action — meaning broad and non-specific — whereas nervines are specific. They have a more singular mission: to mellow you out.

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4 Ways To Start Eating More Mindfully

Mindless eating comes from being on autopilot, bad habits, stress, distraction, and lack of time. Here’s what that often looks like — and how to correct these behaviors to eat more mindfully.

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PMS Relief: 5 Things You Can Start Right Now

What is a woman to do with PMS? Ideally, we need to balance out our hormones. We can go about that in many ways, but a great place to start is with the basics. Are you eating the right foods, sleeping enough, managing your stress, exercising, and eliminating properly?

Brain Foods

Good Mood Foods

Here are some of the key foods that can help lift your mood and add the zest back into your life.

10 Ways To Beat The Winter Blues

10 Ways To Beat The Winter Blues

There are those who embrace winter and those who have to brace themselves for it. Not only does the profusion of cold and snow tend to drag spirits down, but the lack of daylight really does a number on mood, often sending it to a dark place. Be it a slight case of the blues or full-on SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), the symptoms tend to leave people feeling fairly lousy, with some combination of exhaustion (despite oversleeping), carb cravings, feeling withdrawn, moody or blue.

Mindful Eating

5 Ways To Eat More Mindfully

When I first learned about mindful eating, I was a bit intimidated - being someone who loved to eat and typically ravaged my meals, I was a little scared of actually sitting down with my food and taking my time to eat it. But as I began incorporating small steps like chewing and deep breathing, my relationship with food quickly began to change. Not only was I choosing whole, healthy foods, but I was actually learning HOW I should be eating them, which helped me create an awareness that allowed me to tune into the needs of my body and listen to which foods and portion sizes made me feel best.

Salmon Avocado Salad

3 Simple Recipes for a Nourishing Lunch

To avoid the afternoon energy dip that a carbohydrate-rich meal often imparts, my favorite lunch includes lots of protein and healthy fats and few grains or legumes, if any. In the middle of a busy day, I turn to recipes that require 10 minutes or less of prep or cook time. Because these meals are so easy and satisfying, I keep my fridge and pantry stocked with the following ingredients to ensure an expedient and nourishing lunch:

Food and Mood

Is Food Affecting Your Mood?

We all have our ups and downs, but if you’re feeling anxious, depressed or lethargic and can’t seem to shake it, your diet may be to blame. Have you ever heard that the gut is considered the 2nd brain? Gut health is a major factor in feeling happy, so food and mood are very intimately linked. There are certain foods that could be contributing to your mood swings more than others -- a diet high in processed foods, sugar, artificial sweeteners, and chemicals has been shown to have a significant impact on mental health.Here are 5 culprits that may be zapping your vitality and leading to major mood swings.