How Food Affects Our Mood!
I never knew that food could have such an effect on mood. It took me a long while to figure out that drinking a yummy cappuccino gave me panic attacks. It kind of grew slowly. The less I drank of them the more obvious it became when I did have one. I clearly remember the last one I ever drank, and it was not a nice experience. The fact that until this day I have never touched another says how deeply the memory affects me.
My food nemesis was coffee!
It has been about 2 years now and I miss coffee. I miss the taste. I miss carrying one around keeping my hands warm when we wonder amongst the stalls at the Sunday Markets. But I do not miss the feelings it brings with it and cannot even begin to imagine when I will be brave enough to let it once again touch my lips. (Update: It is now 2016 and I can drink coffee sporadically without it causing me problems. I think that by removing the intolerance and further healing of my body allowed me to add it back. If I drink it too often though, the feelings start to reappear, so it is clearly a treat for me now)
I hear similar things all the time “I can’t drink coffee either”; “Bread makes me grumpy”; “I feel depressed if I eat too many grains”; I can’t think clearly if I eat too much sugar”. Food affects everyone differently, and what is ok with one person may not be ok with another. All we can do with any certainty is know what affects us individually and steer well clear.
Get to know your food intolerances and allergies
A good place to start is with allergies and intolerances. Have you had these checked via blood tests Hair mineral tests or prick tests? Another option is an elimination diet, where you remove the most common allergens (wheat, peanuts, citrus, seafood, dairy, gluten, yeast) for a period of 4 weeks then return them one by one and watch for any reactions. Reaction in this case may not necessarily be physical such as eczema or sneezing, but may be a bad mood, grumpiness, headaches and anger for no apparent reason etc.
Another easy way of judging foods that your body does not like is by checking your pulse before and after your meal. If there is an intolerance of any kind, your pulse will stay elevated for quite some time after that meal. Some people have reported the feeling of their heart jumping out of their chest within minutes of eating food they know they are intolerant to.
Keep a Food & Symptoms Diary
Apart from this, the most basic of options is to constantly check in on how you feel each day and review it in comparison to your food choices. Keep a diary perhaps at the end of each night to see if you can start to see a pattern emerge.
Knowing what food makes you happy or sad; angry or content; motivated or lazy will go a long way in improving your day to day life and make you feel more in control of yourself. That feeling then becomes a choice you make and the ramifications are completely on you. So are you ready to be more in control of yourself?
UPDATE (JANUARY 2018):
I can now have coffee!!! It took many years though to be able to drink it every now and then without it having this awful affect on me. Maybe it was the removal of it that allowed me to gradually have it again, or maybe it was the cleaning up of my liver and gut in the mean time - maybe it was both, who knows? BUT I still consider it a treat and may go months between a cup, so I am still very cautious.
Love & Hugs