Food that nourishes YOU.
Many of us use a New Year's resolution to change up our diet and lifestyle but if you struggle to make it past the first weeks, you are not alone - 80% of us fail to keep them going past February!
Life as we know can get hectic and unexpected events occur almost daily. We have our jobs, personal relationships, social life, so many different things happening on the side WHILST trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle. And yes, we also want to enjoy life fully.
In this age and day, it takes more than a New Year’s Resolution to become a healthier and happier version of yourself. After the festive period, it can be difficult to restore a level of nutritional equilibrium in the body. The dark days persist and don't make it easier to restore our energy levels either.
Starting the new year requires a strong mindset. To achieve and stay in this state, we need to nourish our body with the right food to stabilise our blood sugar levels and prevent nutritional deficiencies in order to reduce cravings.
Research on the relationship between nutrition and mental health has been fast emerging. Yes, it’s important to note that mood can be influenced by many factors - stress, environment, poor sleep, genetics, and mood disorders - but certain food have been shown to improve overall brain health, strengthen our nerves and balance our emotional state.
Here some of our favourite ingredients that are natural mood enhancers!
Oats are whole grain food that can keep you in good spirits all morning. You can enjoy them in many forms, such as overnight oats and oatmeal, porridge and Muesli.
As they are an excellent source of fibre, oats help slow your digestion of carbs, allowing for a gradual release of sugar into the bloodstream to keep your energy levels stable. They are high in magnesium which aids in reducing fatigue and tiredness and important for the nerve system and psychological functions.
Chocolate is rich in many mood-boosting compounds. Dark chocolate - 70 percent cacao or higher - is extremely high in antioxidants which makes it beneficial.
Is Cacao the same as Cocoa?
First, it’s important that we know that Cacao and Cocoa are two different things.
‘Cacao’ refers to any of the food products derived from the cacao bean that have remained ‘raw’. These products include cacao nibs, cacao butter, cacao mass or paste, but most commonly cacao powder. Cacao (Theobroma cacao) - The generic name is derived from the Greek for "food of the gods".
Cacao contains anandamide, which is a mood enhancing compound (actually referred to as the bliss molecule) that can give you a sense of euphoria when consumed.
Our Organic Balance Bowl with cacao nibs is designed to nourish and set the tone of your day by reducing fatigue and protecting your body from oxidative stress while boosting your immune system.
Coconuts contain medium-chain triglycerides that our bodies process and use as brain fuel. Even the scent of coconut has been shown to reduce stress levels and lower anxiety. It is a very minimally processed food that will provide you with a boost in energy and mood.
Coconut is a high-fat fruit that has a wide range of health benefits.
These include providing you with disease-fighting antioxidants, promoting blood sugar regulation, and reducing certain risk factors for heart disease.
Whether you eat it raw, dried, or as flour, coconut is delicious and easy to incorporate into both sweet and savoury dishes.
Our Organic Strength Bowl is mindfully packed to boost your energy with the power of nature to strengthen you from within. High in plant protein, iron, zinc and potassium, this bowl is the best friend to your muscles to face any obstacles with ease.
Nuts and seeds
These superfoods are high in plant-based proteins, healthy fats, fibre and many micronutrients.
Cashews, peanuts, and walnuts, as well as pumpkin, sesame, and sunflower seeds, are excellent sources of tryptophan, an amino acid responsible for producing mood-boosting serotonin. High levels of serotonin help the body to relax and to relieve tension. Certain nuts and seeds, such as brazil nuts, sunflower or pumpkin seeds, are good sources of zinc and selenium.
Like other nuts and seeds, sunflower seeds are also high in protein and other nutrients that the body needs and make great additions on top of salads and in snack mixes.
Even alone, they’re good to munch on. So if you’ve had a stressful day, consider snacking on these.
Berries packed with a wide range of antioxidants and phenolic compounds, which play a key role in combating oxidative stress — an imbalance of harmful compounds in your body. They are also a good source of fibre, including soluble fibre. Studies show that consuming soluble fibre slows down the movement of food through your digestive tract, leading to reduced hunger and increased feelings of fullness. Berries are low in calories and sugar and extremely nutritious. They also contain several vitamins and minerals including vitamin C and manganese.
If berries don’t come easy to find, try buying frozen or freeze-dried (but unsweetened) ones — which are frozen at their peak ripeness to retain the maximum amount of antioxidants.
The next time you’re feeling blue and craving calorie rich, high sugar food like ice cream or cookies to try to lift your spirits, keep in mind that while this might give you a sugar rush and an energy kick, it’s unlikely to help you in the long term — and may have negative consequences to your body. Instead, aim for wholesome food that have been shown to boost your mood, overall health and to kick-start your positivity routine.
No matter what challenges your day brings, it's easier to face the world when your spirits are high. And it's hard to be in a good mood when you're feeling hungry or if your body is lacking key nutrients.
“Don’t reach for normal, reach for Z-Ora. And be the enabler of your best self.” Dr. med. Anne Latz
Nutritional information can sometimes be overwhelming or confusing. But there’s no need to try the latest food fad, as eating healthily boils down to having a balanced diet of food in their natural state, or as close to it as possible. This way you are getting food in the package of nutrients that nature intended.