The idea that food can affect our mood and self confidence isn’t new and researchers have found some fascinating links between what we eat and our mental health. When it comes to confidence and self-esteem, considering your diet and making any necessary changes can help to reduce anxiety, boost your mood and in turn help you feel more confident.
Body confidence is an important aspect of confidence – when you feel confident about your body you are more likely to feel confident in other aspects of your life as well. This is an area where diet plays an important role; healthy eating can help your body feel better, which over time will help improve body confidence.
So, how does food do this? It’s all about getting the right balance of nutrients from foods which can help our mood and the way we feel. Did you know there are some particular foods that will actually make you feel more confident? Foods that contain an amino acid called tryptophan which works like magic to boost the level of serotin in your brain which is the feel-good chemical.
So, if you want to feel more confident these are the foods to stick on your weekly grocery list:
NUTS AND LEGUMES
Nuts and legumes contain serotonin in large quantities, so their regular consumption is sure to make you feel happy, which will eventually help you feel more confident. Almonds, walnuts, flaxseeds, peanuts, cashews, pumpkins, and sunflower are some of the best foods to boost your confidence. Avoid fried, salted, or roasted peanuts though, and eat nuts and legumes in moderation.
Who doesn’t love chocolate? And now you have another reason to love it even more. Yes, it can make you feel happy and boost your confidence as well. Dark chocolate contains endorphins that produce a feeling of happiness. It also contains “phenylethylamine”, a hallucinogen that produces serotonin. Eating dark chocolate may also reduce stress and anxiety, which again is going to help you feel more confident.
You don’t need to feel guilty about having a cube of cheese occasionally because it actually helps you feel happy and confident as well. Yes, it is caloric and your body may find it a bit hard to digest, but it contains zinc that may help reduce stress and depression. Just be sure to avoid eating cheese in large quantities.
Using herbs like sage, garlic, lemon balm, and lavender may have calming effect on your mind and spirit as well. You just cannot go wrong with garlic – it’s the healthiest food you will find to fix so many issues. Regular use of garlic will help lose weight, treat heart ailments, and keep blood pressure in check. It has positive effects on brain function, which in turn will also boost confidence.
Adding foods in your diet with higher levels of serotonin will eventually improve your confidence. You can eat bananas, kiwis, grapefruits, mangoes, and pineapples to trigger serotonin production. Eat bananas when you feel depressed or weak to change the way you feel. Bananas also contain magnesium, potassium, and vitamin B that will improve brain functioning, and a healthy brain will always be the finest confidence booster.
Fish has always been called brain food. Seafood is a great source of serotonin. You can add fatty fish to your diet and enjoy various benefits. They contain essential fats like DHA that change the composition of nerve cell membrane and make you feel happier. Eating salmon regularly will help eliminate fat, keep you fit, and boost your brain function. All this will help you be a more confident person. You can also opt for fish like sardine, tuna, and herring because they are all great sources of serotonin and contain omega-3 fatty acids that help reduce symptoms of depression. If adding enough of it to your regular diet is not an option, or you don’t like eating fish, you should consider taking fish oil supplements.
Adding green leafy vegetables to your diet will make you feel more confident than before. Green veggies, such as spinach are extremely beneficial because they are a great source of serotonin, folic acid, and iron.
So step into the new year by eating your way to a happier and more confident you!
~ Desi Chic Mama