Food and Your Mood: What to Eat to Increase Your Sex Drive, Make You Happy and Calm Your Nerves

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As I mentioned yesterday, I came home to CT yesterday for a cousin’s baby shower. I always love coming home because that means good food…good free food. The key word is FREE. It’s nice to take a break from the tight budgeting for a weekend. Last night my parents and I went over to a good family friend’s house for a home-cooked meal. We had a nice large salad with chives, diced apples and avocado, fresh bread, flank steak with mushrooms & onions, and a side of roasted asparagus.

As expected, while taking my morning pee I noticed that smell (Sorry for the TMI). You know, the smell your pee takes on after eating asparagus. Who knew it’s actually because the ever-so-tasty veggie contains a sulfur-containing compound called methyl mercaptan. And in order for our body to metabolize this very strange compound, it must break them down which in turn leads to the smell.

I laughed and immediately ran over to my Mac with an idea for a new blog post: different foods that effect our moods and actions. I browsed the web and did my research (what I do best), and this is what I came up with. So next time you want to “get in the mood” for your husband or shake up a bad day, read this list my friend and you’ll be golden!

Foods that Calm You Down: We all know that turkey puts us out like a baby on Thanksgiving each and every year, but here are some other eats that’ll help calm your nerves and keep you relaxed.

Almonds: Packed with B vitamins and magnesium (which help produce serotonin), these babies regulate your mood and help relieves stress

Fish: B vitamins galore, more particularly the stress-fighting superstars B6 and B12

Broccoli: With B vitamins and folic acid, this green is known to help relieve stress, anxiety, panic and even depression!

Whole Grain Pasta: known to calm you down after a rough day due to the serotonin-boosting powers

Sushi: Aside from the benefits of the fish,who knew the seaweed is packed with stress-relieving magnesium, pantothenic acid (for stress management) and B2? Sushi date, anyone?

Milk: With lots of antioxidants and both B2 and B12, milk is a go-to drink for calming you down. Try a bowl of heart-healthy cereal in the morning with some skim milk, or a glass of warm milk before bed to relax your body.

Cantaloupe: This tasty melon had lots of Vitamin C, which can combat high-stress issues. Cut the melon up in cubes and bring it to work for a mid-day snack!

Blueberries: With Vitamin C and loads of heart-healthy antioxidants these berries are a super fruit for sure when it comes to stress-relief!

Foods that May Stress You Out: Feeling all calm from the foods listed above? Then you may want to stay away from these stress-producing foods! No one likes being stressed out after all so listen up.

Coffee & Tea: If caffeine makes you wild and antsy, you may want to switch to decaf or herbal tea

Fatty Meats: Too much of anything is never good, so keep your meat in take in check. Too much can increase stress-inducing dopamine in the brain! EEK!

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Foods That Make You Happy: I like being happy, you like being happy, so let’s be happy together! If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands…OK, I’ll stop now…

Milk: Yup, this dairy is showing up yet again! Milk products are loaded with tryptophan, an amino acid the brain uses to make serotonin (the feel-good, happy compound).

Chocolate: Yes, you can have that brownie or piece of dark chocolate after dinner! I’ve always been a firm believer that chocolate is good for you. The chemical inside chocolate, anadamine, helps brighten your mood. Not to mention the sugar which boosts those feel-good endorphins!

Pasta ‘n’ Such: Think feel-good comfort foods. Carbohydrates raise serotonin levels, hence having a happy effect.

Sardines (And other oily fish): A nutritionist once told me that sardines are like anti-depressants in a can! And he’s right. The omega-3 fatty acids can help lift our spirits in no time! Not to mention the serotonin-boosting B vitamins. Eat up!

Bananas: These yummy favorites contain that feel-good tryptophan again like milk. Why not make a banana milkshake for ultra happy effects?

Spinach: Be just like Popeye – strong and happy!

Beans: The magical fruit is right…except not only do they make you toot, but the folic acid, Omega 3s and B vitamins can boost your mood as well!

Nuts: Aside from their mood-boosting effects, these babies are also good for your brain!

Coffee: No wonder why I’m always so happy in the morning…Talk about a mood-enhancing drug! I’ll drink coffee every day if I wanna and that’s that.

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Foods that make you horny: Got a hot date? Read on my friend…it’s time to load up on these aphrodisiacs!

Chili Peppers: Spice up your love life, baby! The capsaicin in the pepper increases circulation to get your blood flowing & to help stimulate nerves.

Asparagus: While it may make your pee smell after the fact (he he he), this green also helps stimulate sexual responses… interesting.

Bananas: Think: muscle strength, which leads to, ahem, intense reactions…

Chocolate: Who doesn’t like a glass of wine & some chocolate to get you in the mood? The chemicals in chocolate are known to make us feel happy & excited, the perfect combo!

Oysters: The ever-so-popular aphrodisiac, oysters produce testosterone which leads to a higher sex drive

Pomegranates: Increases blood flow & sensitivity…

Red Wine: Pair this with some decadent chocolate and you’ll be golden!

Salmon: Packed with Omega 3′s, this healthy fish keeps sex-hormones at their peak!

Vanilla: Not only does it smell yummy, but it helps stimulate nerves, making everything feel even better

Watermelon: Thank goodness summer is-a-comin’! The nutrient found in this delicious fruit helps relax the body and speed up circulation! It’s a WIN WIN.

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Do you know any other foods that effect your mood? Or any funny wives’ tales to share? I’d love to hear!

 
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