Dear Annette

Dear Annette

by Annette Doody,
Savory Bistro Owner & Wellness Coach

During the darker days of fall I start to feel a little down. Does food affect my mood to help me feel better?

Dear Reader:
That answer is a resounding yes! Based on research from numerous studies, diets high in sugar and processed foods which are high in hydrogenated fats can contribute to low energy and depression. Check out for a review of many of these studies and some great strategies for a healthy brain. is also a great source for brain healthy food.

Food is medicine and can certainly alter how you feel. The good news is you can create an optimal diet and lifestyle for feeling great. An optimal diet would consist of the following:

  • High volume of plant-based foods such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and beans
  • High omega 3 fats, such as olive oils, avocados, nuts, seeds and oily fish
  • Complex carbohydrates such as brown rice, quinoa and buckwheat
  • Proteins from nuts, seeds, tofu, fish, poultry and beef. Grass fed animal sources of proteins are lower in saturated fats.
  • The odd treat from unrefined sugars like maple syrup, local honey or dark chocolate

According to functional medicine properties any food or action that promotes good gut biome will also promote mental function and improve mood. Studies show the following list of foods may enhance mood:
Olive Oil
Bell Peppers
Coconut Milk
Pumpkin Seeds

As our fall schedule gets busier, stress is a factor in feeling a little down. Arm yourself with a healthy clean diet and some self-care lifestyle practices like yoga to help you feel a little better. If you experience serious depression that keeps you from functioning normally in your daily life it is important to visit your family doctor or mental health professional.

Eat well to live well!

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