If I told you that what we eat is directly related to our mood, would you be surprised? I was very surprised when I started taking classes at the Energetic Health Institute to become a Holistic Nutritionist and the concept of what we eat affects our mood was taught. I never really thought about it until I learned the concept and tried it.
In order for the food and mood connection to happen, you have to start by eating organic. Organic food is free from pesticides and chemicals that interrupt our bodies desire to be healthy. When we eat conventionally grown food, our body immediately tries to fight the chemicals we put into it. The body continues to fight for us until it is so fatigued, it cannot fight anymore. When the body becomes fatigued, illness and disease start to set-in.
When we eat organic food, not only are we avoiding illness and disease, we are getting important vitamins and minerals that keep us healthy. Conventional food has fewer nutrients, which is why we have to eat so much of it to feel full. Eating organic foods helps maintain our weight because we get fuller faster. Also, since we are getting more nutrients our energy levels go up!
Now that you had a mini-lesson on why eating organic food is important, let's look at the list of foods that will make you feel more confident!
Why do these foods increase confidence? They are packed with key nutrients that support the Liver and Gall Bladder. When the Liver and the Gall Bladder are not in balance, it results in feelings of being timid and indecisive. The key nutrients contained in the above that help us feel more confident are Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Essential Fatty Acids and Amino Acids. The best way to know this works is to plan for it.
Do you have to present information to a large crowd? Eat the above foods. Are you interviewing for a job? Eat the above foods. Do you need to make a major life decision? Eat the above foods. This also works for kids. If they are nervous about a test or a project they are working on, feed them the above foods. It may not always be as simple as planning to eat the foods that gives us confidence. If you are regularly incorporate them into your routine, confidence will be yours.
Now the fun part, creating meals using the above. The foods listed above can be eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Plus, since we know the nutrients that support our Liver and Gall Bladder we can also take vitamins and supplements to help us be more confident. While organic foods contain a lot of nutrients, we still need vitamins and supplements to get enough key nutrients to keep us healthy. While cooking and eating are a lot of fun, supplementation will support your goal to be more confident as well.
Below are recipes using the above foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you try any of them, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram as @heather_lee_hurst and use the #heathershealthhabits hashtag. I love seeing your takes on the recipes I share!
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One of the easiest ways to incorporate the foods that create confidence is a smoothie. Fruits are a no-brainer to put into a smoothie and then you can really amp up the confidence building by adding walnuts, a teaspoon of powdered green tea (known as Matcha) and cucumbers. Buying frozen fruit gives you access to fruits like blueberries and mango even when they are not in season. Also, if you are dairy free, substitute coconut water , non-dairy yogurt or add a tablespoon of organic nut butter along with water to get a thicker consistency. Here are some recipes to try:
There are a lot of options for creating a healthy lunch that helps boost confidence. I would definitely think about making one of the below recipes on a day I have a big presentation to make or working with a customer on a major project. I love making my own soup! But there are healthy soup options that you can buy. One of my favorites is Imagine Organic Italian Vegetables & Beans Soup. You can buy a 12 pack on amazon so it can be a substitute when you don't have time to make soup. Here are some lunch recipes to try:
DINNER Wild caught fish is a great option for a confidence building dinner. Extra points for serving it with a romaine salad and zucchini casserole as a side dish. You can get creative with stir-fry's since zucchini and bok choy lend themselves well to stir-fry. Here are some recipes to try:
I hope this post inspired you to think differently about how food can affect your mood. All it takes is a little planning to know when you will need a big confidence boost and the knowledge of what to eat. If you try the above recipes, let me know if you noticed a difference. It may be in something small, like participating in a group meeting when you normally wouldn't. It may be something more personal, like getting the courage to say something that is on your mind to someone else.
When I started thinking this way, it wasn't until after I thought about my day that it was apparent to me what I ate supported my mood. It may take a couple of times of eating this way before you realize that you gained confidence. But trust me, it will happen.