Do away with these mood-busting foods
Overall, we should be eating primarily whole foods that come from the earth and haven’t been processed or refined, says Peris. Here’s what you should be avoiding:
• Alcohol in small amounts is a feel-good food, says Kleiner. But too much can bring you down as it is a central nervous system depressant.
• Fried foods, fatty meats and fatty snack foods make you feel full and sluggish, explains Kleiner. In the short term, they put the body into a stress response that causes protein breakdown, which ultimately leads to lower levels of serotonin in the brain.
• Refined sugars and starches are also feel-bad foods.
• Caffeine is a stimulant, but in large doses it has a rebound effect.