How To Eat Yourself Happy, Because Emotional Eating Doesn’t Have To Be Negative

You know that old saying, when you appear good, you feel good?

Well, when you good, “youre feeling” even better.

And, according to the most recent World Happiness Report, the three best happiest countries in the world Iceland, Norway, and Denmark are all living proof of this concept.

Among the many factors impacting the quality of life for people living in these countries, mental health was accounted for and, as Juno DeMelo explained in, it was directly linked to diet.

As clich as it may sound, your body really is your temple not a waste disposal.

And that temple deserve to be nourished with whole foods like fresh render, rather than the processed alternatives that, while they may be convenient to grab on the go, can be detrimental to your body.

Bethany Kassar, MSW, LCSW, executive director of outpatient services at Summit Behavior Health, tells Elite Daily that eating a diet of predominantly( if not entirely) whole foods can have a positive effect on one’s body and body image due to its naturalness.

If you take the time to actually read the ingredients compacted into processed meats and other common foods, sifting through the excess to get to the heart of its nutritious properties can be a huge challenge.

But when it comes to foods attained with limited, whole ingredients that, as Kassar explains, offer more nutrients, good fats, fiber, whole grains, and natural sweetness, there are no challenges or mysteries behind what you’re putting in your body.

Kassar explains,

Consuming a diet where 1 feeds more natural foods helps with energy, metabolism, and an overall feeling of wellness.

This, in turn, can have a positive effect on all aspects of one’s life.

Here are a few styles you, too, can eat like the happiest people in the world.

1. Consume Less Animal Meat

Up until a few months ago, I was all about animal protein: grilled chicken, cheeseburgers, bacon, you name it, I ate it.

Soon enough, though, my body was begging for compassion, asmeat can be extremely hard on the digestive system.

According to George Mateljan, author of, meat which is essentially simply protein-dense animal muscle requires better chewing, more acid secretion by the stomach’s parietal cells, and more active enzyme secretion by the pancreas.

That’s a lot of work for simply one meal, if you ask me.

Luckily, plant protein is both plentiful and so much easier to digest.

Load up on leafy green salads for lunch or dinner as an excellent alternative to your usual 99 -cent hamburger.

2. Swap Processed Sweets For Natural Sugars

There’s a reason an apple a day keeps the doctor away.

Listen, I have a sweet tooth the size of this planet, but processed sweets like cookies, cakes, and candy have a more going on across their ingredient lists , none of which are any good for the body.

Fruits are mother nature’s sweet spot, and I can’t even explain to you how good I feel after indulging in a bowl of cantaloupe or pineapple as opposed to a box of Twinkies.

When you regularly enforce fruits into your diet, your energy levels spike almost instantaneously, allowing you to be productive AF throughout the day, and feel good while doing so.

3. Listen to Your Mother And Eat Your Vegetables

Seriously.

Hidden away in the confines of carrots, in addition to a slew of other vegetables( and some fruits ), exists levels of a pigment known as carotenoids, which have been linked to increased levels of optimism.

Plus, eating foods rich in vitamin B12, like your hearty vegetables, can boost the production of serotonin in the brain, which helps you govern your moods.

Fun fact: When I was 2 years old, the bottoms of my feet turned orange as a direct result of eating a ton of carrots and sweet potatoes.

And you know what? Now that I think about it, I totally was a happy-go-lucky kid.

But genuinely, the best part of adding fruits and vegetables toyour daily mealsis that you don’t have to wait years and years to insure the positive resultsof those changes in your diet.

Andrew Oswald, a professor at the University of Warwickexplained to Thrillist that, while motivation to eat healthy food is weakened by the fact that physical-health benefits, such as protecting against cancer, accrue decades later, changes in one’s mental state are closer to immediate when up to eight serves of fruits and vegetables are eaten each day.

Not only can an extra serving or two( or a few) of fruits and vegetables sustain your physical health, they can also have a positive effect on your day-to-day mood.

So make like an Icelander( or a Norweigan, or a Dane ), and feed yourself happy. You and your body deserve it.

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