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  • Writer's pictureOlivia Jackson

Good Mood Foods – Always look on the bright side of life!

These foods listed contain beneficial nutrients that help us lift our mood and reduce stress - they help us look on the brighter side of life. Many processed foods act as stimulants and affect our outlook and wellbeing in negative ways

The following foods are graded from 5***** (best) down to 1*

***** Excellent choices

-  Vegetables: Broccoli, red capsicum, Brussels sprouts, carrot, cauliflower, pumpkin, chicory, celery, garlic (fresh “wet” garlic in moderation), spinach, avocado, green peas

-  Fruits: Pears Tomato BlackcurrantsPapaya Guavas Persimmons

-  Legumes: Split Peas, lentils, soybeans, velvet beans, kidney beans, dried peas, navy beans, chick peas

-  Seeds: Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds

**** Very Good Choices

-  Grains: Porridge oats, rye, oat bran, wheat germ, pearl barley, rice (whole)

-  Nuts: Pecan, almond, pine, cashew, pistachio, macadamia, walnut

-  Herbs: Passion flower, parsley, burdock, gingko biloba, green tea

-  Spices: Ginger

***Good Choices

-  Mushrooms: Shiitake mushrooms (dried)

-  Oils: Soybean oil

** Still Good Choices but lacking enzymes

-  Dairy: Parmesan cheese, Gruyere cheese, yogurt (live and active)

-  Fish: Tuna

* Respectable Choices

-  Seafoods: Crab

-  Poultry: Chicken (essence/extract)

-  Meats: Lamb (chops), liver (beef), beef (steak)

The health benefits for the foods listed above are significantly enhanced if organic. Avoid processed and synthetic foods such as margarines and refined sugar

The importance of a diet rich in Vegetables:

-  Cardiovascular: Helps reduce elevated blood pressure and cholesterol, and reduces the incidence of strokes and heart disease

-  Digestion: A diet high in vegetables boosts the immunity and reduces the potential of digestive disorders like gallstones, IBS and ulcers

-  Immune System: It reduces the potential of serious disease processes, toxic environmental factors, allergies, antigens and harmful micro-organisms

-  Metabolic Processes: Reduces the risk of elevated blood sugar, helps keep cholesterol levels balanced, improves energy levels and reduces harmful free radicals

-  Bones and Joints: It reduces the risk of rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis and other joint diseases

-  Nervous System: A diet high in vegetables reduces the potential of dementia, Alzheimer's disease, emotional mood swings and stress related disorders

-  Respiratory System: It reduces the potential of bronchitis, catarrh, common cold, hay fever, sinusitis and can also help prevent and reduce asthma

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