The Relationship Between Your Mood & Food

From the Show: HER
Summary: The secret to a healthier, happier life may be in your next meal.
Air Date: 1/15/15
Duration: 10
Host: Michelle King Robson and Pamela Peeke, MD
Guest Bio: Abbie Gellman, MS, RD
Abbie GAbbie Gellman, MS, RD, is a professionally trained chef and Registered Dietitian. Abbie has over 10 years of hospitality and food and beverage consulting experience and nearly 10 years of nutrition-related experience.

She received a Master of Science degree in Nutrition from Teachers College, Columbia University and completed a dietetic internship at New York – Presbyterian Hospital in NYC. Abbie holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration and earned her Culinary Degree from Peter Kump's New York Cooking School (now known as ICE).

In addition to working with a wide variety of food service operators, Abbie also counsels and educates patients and groups in a private practice setting and cooks privately for individual clients.
The Relationship Between Your Mood & Food
Do you remember the old saying, "you are what you eat"? Well, within the past few years, researchers, doctors and dieticians may have finally given some solid proof to that statement.

It's true, certain foods can help improve (or worsen) your mood. When you go on a new diet, or completely stop eating certain foods (aka carbs, fat, sugars), it can change chemical balances and physiological behavior in your brain.

Studies have found that eating unhealthy, over-processed foods may result in a lack of important nutrients such as amino acids, iron, serotonin, and selenium. These can affect your brain chemistry and impact your mood, memory and cognitive function. However, if you're eating a healthy balance of wholesome foods that contain fatty acids and vitamins, you're more likely to feel happier and be in a better mood.

How Your Food Can Affect Your Mood:
  • You aren't eating regularly.
  • You're skimping essential food groups such as carbs, which your body needs in order to fuel itself and produce serotonin, a feel good chemical found in your brain in charge of mood.
  • You're eating WAY too much processed foods. This isn't breaking news, but highly processed foods such as chips and cookies are high in saturated fat. This is not only bad for your waistline, but it can also be a direct link to the reason you're feeling sluggish.
  • You're not getting enough Omega-3's. Found in fish, nuts and flaxseed, this essential fatty acid can fight off feelings of depression.
  • You're consuming excessive sugar, alcohol and refined carbs. Try to avoid these as much as possible.

Tune in as Abbie Gellman, MS, RD, discusses the inseparable relationship between food and your mood.