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What does Thanksgiving food do to our "Mood"?

So Thanksgiving is approaching fast and Christmas is right around the corner. Hopefully we've already done our shopping for this holiday and started to prepare our food with Thanksgiving only 2 days away.

The stress of the season is now upon us . . .

So how do we make it through these next few weeks without having a nervous breakdown??

Well . . . it's imperative that we eat well before we indulge on our favorite holiday meals.

And "happy" foods such as quinoa, salmon, mushrooms, kefir, sauerkraut, poultry, grapes and leafy greens will help to keep you smiling.

As we know . . . "serotonin" is the chemical responsible for our "mood" and can create feelings of happiness and relaxation.

And happy foods that are high in an amino acid called "tryptophan" boost brain levels of serotonin.

So what foods are high in "tryptophan" you ask???

Well . . . foods that are high in protein also tend to contain the highest levels of "tryptophan" such as "turkey" and other poultry, eggs, fish, nuts, seeds, and all natural yogurts.

So keep in mind this holiday season . . . if you eat lots of processed meat, fried foods, refined cereals, candy, pastries, and high-fat dairy products . . . you're more likely to be anxious and/or depressed. Where a diet full of whole fiber-rich grains, fruits, vegetables and fish can help you get out of that holiday funk.

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