What we eat and how we feel is very related and important to know how it effects us. Imagine that a calm, happy life could be served on a breakfast, lunch or dinner plate, even in a brown bag. According to some, it can be. You won’t find it in a fast-food hamburger box or a vending machine. But more and more research shows there is a cor- relation between good food and good mood. “It’s a fast-food nation, and we don’t always take the time to make the connection between what we eat and how we feel,” says Kristy Lewis, a naturopathic doc- tor at Pure Med Naturopathic Centre in Ottawa. “We live in a society where people want to take a quick pill, whereas conscious nutrition is a lot of work.”Aggression is a behavior that many food experts say can be altered by diet. What we eat can even affect our sense of right and wrong.
“Food is not just something that fills our stomach. It’s very active biologically and chemically, and it affects us,” says Jack Challem, a Montreal-born author of The Food-Mood Solution. “Your body needs
While the science of food and mood is still evolving, foods linked to allergies are also on the list of suspect aggressor foods, says Lewis.Casein, which is found in dairy, and gluten in wheat are the two culprits. According to some theories, some people get a toxic effect,
FOODS THAT ARE LINKED TO AGGRESSION
Sugar: While carbohydrates initially boost mood by activating sero- tonin, you’ll also crash quickly after consuming them, making you feel cranky.
Caffeine: While caffeine improves alertness in the short term, then a crash that follows can make you irritable.
Alcohol: Alcohol weakens brain functions that normally restrain impulsive behaviors such as excessive aggression.
Wheat and milk: The main allergic response to wheat and casein in milk products is possible brain inflammation, which can cause hostility.
MSG and artificial sweeteners: Their ingredients can heighten reactions, including aggressive feelings.
FOODS THAT COMBAT AGGRESSION
Peanuts, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, almonds, artichokes, spinach, turkey, soy, parmesan cheese, gelatin, mozzarella, peaches, red peppers, papaya, corn, sunflower seeds, lentils, carrots, turnip, squash, broccoli, oats, avocado, potatoes, bran, banana, kidney beans, peas, tomato juice.