If you've ever felt your attitude dipping while you're on a diet, you're not alone. It's common to feel anxious, moody or stressed out when you're trying to lose weight. Luckily, there are three super-healthy super foods that will not only be welcome in your weight loss regimen, but help you feel great, too.
For Anxiety: Drink Kefir Milk
This milk is different from regular milk because it's fermented with probiotic kefir grains. Kefir milk is also loaded with tryptophan – an amino acid that also helps raise serotonin levels in the brain – which can help reduce anxious feelings. Drinking one cup a day is enough to keep you feeling calm.
For Mood Swings: Eat Asparagus
If you're prone to mood swings, asparagus is a must-have vegetable in your diet. It's packed with folic acid; low levels of this nutrient have been linked to depression. Just one cup of asparagus has 66% of your daily value of folic acid. It's easy to incorporate this superfood into your diet – you can use it as an ingredient in an omelet or throw some asparagus tips into a salad. Try to work it into at least two meals a day to regulate mood.
For Stress: Eat Oranges
Oranges are packed with vitamin C, which brings high stress hormones back to normal levels more quickly. Vitamin C also helps lower blood pressure. Blood pressure can rise in response to stressful situations. Eat an orange as a snack on the days when you anticipate extra stress at home or at work. Doing so about an hour before a stressful situation can help you stay calm.