Manage your mood by managing your blood sugar levels
Posted by kathryn in Mental & emotional health
Eating irregularly and eating the wrong foods can make you moody, tired and irritable.
Each time you eat, some parts of the food are broken down into glucose – the primary source of fuel used by your body and brain. However, a few hours after eating, that glucose supply dwindles – leading to a drop in blood sugar levels.
When blood sugar levels are low many people experience mood changes. Feelings of depression, annoyance, anger and inability to cope are common. If you’re not eating regularly and not eating the right foods, these feelings can dominate your day.
There are several things you can do to prevent this.
1. Eat regularly
- make sure you eat at least three meals per day, particularly breakfast
- most people also need a couple of snacks during the day to regulate blood sugar levels
- try to eat something every four hours
- if you do start feeling cranky, ask yourself when you last had something to eat? It may be your blood sugar levels need topping up.
2. Eat low GI carbohydrates
- make the switch to low GI foods. These foods are absorbed more slowly and therefore minimise mood swings.
- include at least five portions of vegetables and two serves of fruit each day
- eat more legumes
Managing your blood sugar levels doesn’t mean you have to eat all day. Instead, blood sugar levels can be maintained by eating low GI foods and regularly having three meals and a couple of snacks. Try this for a week and notice the difference. If you manage your blood sugar level, you’ll feel calmer and less prone to mood swings.
It’s Mental Health Week here at Limes & Lycopene and this post is the last in the series: five food and diet strategies you can use to improve your mental health.