Happy Diet – What you eat can make you happy and help you to lose weight at the same time.
It is no secret that food affects your mood. The results of various clinical studies from the past decade assists us in understanding how food affects our emotions. Certain types of food can exacerbate depression. Other types of food makes us feel happy, comfortable, safe and lift our spirits.
What type of food we have to eat to feel happy
Recent study, published by the American Society for Clinical Investigation, says that eating foods containing fatty-acids makes us feel happier. But what should be eat to feel happy and at the same time lose weight?
Firstly, you need to again remember that empty calories are those calories which only provide energy and no or very little nutrition. Then also to consider that certain types of foods consume more body energy to process, for example complex protein. Lastly, we need to constantly remind ourselves that we can eat anything, but that we should not eat more than the maximum amount of Kilojoules for our body and metabolism. Think of this as the ceiling of your home. You can hit your head on the ceiling and even bust through, but you should not. So, be aware of what you put in your mouth, this eventually becomes a habit and as you do it more frequently, becomes easier and easier.
Foods high in fatty-acids makes us happy.
By the way – Do you eat while watching television?
Watching something stressful on television makes you consume at least 100 additional calories per hour. Clinical studies analyzing dinner patterns has shown that if the average person watches a documentary, sitcom or other non stressful show they consume on average 100 calories less over a one hour period.
So… Exactly what foods that makes us happy, also has lower energy or Kilojoule weight?
We want to skip processed foods, refined foods and general sugar type foods and drink (No fruit juice – unless you squeezed it fresh yourself) You need to become more aware of food labels as the most important is the total energy (Kilojoules) per 100g and then also the total fat grams per 100 gram and the total sugar grams per 100g.
Goals: All Low GI, Low Kilojoule, high fatty-acid comfort foods
Happy Diet Examples:
Baked beans on wholegrain toast
Both Baked beans and wholegrain toast are not only low GI but beans are fatty-acid and both are low energy high nutrition.
Check: If baked beans are packaged with tomato sauce, check food labels for kilojoule weights and added sugar or fat.
Yogurt is always a comfort food and Muesli for crunchy taste
It does not matter if Yogurt is low fat, high fat or full cream. What matters is the added sugar (total energy) and total fat combination. Find the lowest combo!
Check Muesli food label for total sugar. Acceptable levels of sugar or energy are not more than 15 grams per 100 gram
If you have to eat chocolate buy chocolate with 60% or higher cocoa
Baked Bean Soup (Mush the beans and add chopped spring onion or diced cabbage)
Fatty fish (Sardines, Salmon, Mackarel) Make fish cakes, fish stew etc)
Sugar free jelly is always a winner. If you combine a diced apple or diced orange, etc before the jelly sets, it makes a stunning low Kilojoule desert
Make your own fresh custard. Use full cream milk, do not add sugar and mix half custard half water with packet of sugar free jelly.
Sugar free chocolate mousse, add full cream milk or cream instead of water. Add the Kilojoule weight of the milk or cream to your calculations
Baked Apple with home made custard
There are certain types of breakfast cereals that contain 33 grams of sugar per 100 gram and 12 gram fat per 100 gram – And consumers buy these by the truckload…