Raw Happiness : 8 Mood Boosting Foods

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It’s scientifically proven that those who eat plant based diets are happier.

Is everyone else just jealous? Is that why they keep pestering us about  our weird diets? Yes, our weird diets. Fruits and vegetables. All Natural. Coming from the earth. Weird.

Apparently the raw food diet makes people nervous.

It’s not normal.

Many of us get really tired of people asking us the same old, tired questions about the raw diet: I know it’s pretty much the same way with vegans too.  By the way people talk you might think that food, in its raw and natural state was some brand new discovery that had just metamorphosed and for which we had not yet deduced a purpose! Where’s the protein? The iron? The calcium? And what about the B vitamins? Inquiring minds want to know.

Do you think the same inquiring minds are looking on the backs of pre-packaged foods and wondering what the hell propylene glycol is and what it’s doing in our food? Or not?

Bottom line is that health is the foundation for happiness and are there virtually nothing but healthy benefits in eating organic raw vegan food. And it’s not just what is in it that counts but also what’s not. No chemicals, no hormones. No pesticides. None of the stuff with the long, unpronounceable names.

So here’s a few happy foods… They are what they are and what they are is so much better than Prozac.

Hemp seeds – Hemp seeds are a must for the raw or vegan diet! As a source of complete vegetable protein, hemp contains all nine essential amino acids as well as vitamin E and minerals like iron, potassium and magnesium in trace amounts. Great for smoothies or ‘sprinkles’;  if it weren’t such a problem, I would go out into my backyard right now, and plant myself a hemp field just to have my own stash of this nutritional blockbuster!

Nuts – Inclusive of walnuts, brazil nuts, almonds, cashews, pecans and so on, there’s nothing like nuts for acquiring fiber, vitamin E and minerals in trace amounts if you are following a raw/ vegan diet. Nuts, in general, are high in magnesium. Magnesium plays a large role in the development of serotonin which is a major contributor to feelings of happiness and is a common element used in homeopathy to balance mood.

Green leafy vegetables – Gotta’ get your greens!  Kale, collards, spinach, arugula, watercress…. It’s a long list but pile them on! Low in calories, what we have here is sheer nutritional density. High in fiber, vitamin C, beta-carotene, iron, calcium, folate and vitamin B6, not to mention … Ta Da! Drum roll, please…Protein! The folic acid in leafy greens has been proven to fight fatigue and depression.

Tomatoes – High in lycopene, a fat soluble phytonutrient that acts as protector for important brain fat. Lycopene attacks inflammation in the brain that is responsible for depression.

Legume family – Soak and sprout to eat these raw or incorporate the cooked version into a myriad of healthful concoctions! Members of this family, namely lentils and beans – basically anything that grows in a pod – are rich in protein and fiber and the sky is the limit in terms of ways in which these can be consumed on a daily basis. While lentils score high in terms of iron content, beans are teaming with calcium, zinc and vitamin B.

Avocados – One of our favorite, healthy fats. Rich in tryptophan – a proven mood enhancer.

Citrus Fruits – We all know how Vitamin C helps combat a cold but it does double duty as a blues banisher.

And let us not forget:

Raw Cacao Nibs – Might as well be the happiness molecule. Cacao in its raw state. There’s just nothing out there that has more to offer in terms of … everything! It is one of the most complex foods on earth .The theobromine found in raw cacao is a mild, non-addictive stimulant that many believe can effectively treat depression. Chromium increases the brains serotonin, norepinephrine and melatonin levels that help to regulate moods. Dopamine boosts motivation and pleasure. And it’s the only food that contains anandamide, the neurotransmitter responsible for feelings of bliss.

Fact is, this world needs all the bliss it can get and some of it does grow on trees!

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