Angry very often? Try these
By Ayesha Singh
10th March 2013 12:00 AM
There are days when all seems well, and then there are days when you feel like quitting your job even if the printer runs out of ink. If you find yourself losing patience or getting angry over petty issues often, look into your diet. According to Ryan Fernando, co-founder of Qua Nutrition Clinics in Bangalore and Chennai, eating specific foods at certain time of the day can actually help keep your temper in check. “The foods I’m talking about have a profound impact on body and mind. They are good examples of using food as medicines. Some foods help you keep alert, while others can calm you down. The right foods affect your basic body chemistry to help even out blood sugar, blood pressure and even neurotransmitters that send signals to your brain,” he says. Here are some such food that he suggests:
If you’re losing your temper in the morning, you’re most likely experiencing ongoing stress. Which means your body is dealing with major oxidative damage. One cup of kiwi fruit gives you a powerful antioxidant boost with more than 100 per cent of the RDA of Vitamin C. One medium kiwi (80 gm) has only 46 calories, so you can pair it with low-fat curd and a tablespoon of nuts.
Mid-day meltdowns are often the result of low blood sugar. So, by lunch time you need to eat something that boost your blood sugar back into a healthy (and happy) range, without it crashing later. Barley is a whole grain that has an amazing effect on blood sugar, keeping it steady for hours. Eating a cup of cooked barley a few times a week in the afternoons is enough to help keep your anger and irritability in check.
Capsaicin is the chemical that makes hot peppers ‘hot.’ When you eat hot peppers, your body responds to the burn of the heat by releasing endorphins. Getting an endorphin boost at night will help clear out end-of-day stress and keep you in a good mood.
Potato is loaded with incredible food benefits and is delicious to have. Potatoes are a complex carbohydrate. They are rich in Vitamin B Complex, and reduce stress and lower down the blood pressure. You can have them at any time of the day.
An Apple and some peanut butter
It is a great combo of carbohydrate and proteins; it is energy-boosting and nourishing for the brain. This comfort food is ideal for the mornings.
A cup of buckwheat noodles
Toss buckwheat noodles in pesto and top it up with stir-fried veggies. They are low in calorie and give your body carbohydrates and proteins. Besides, they fill you up nicely and taste great. Around 11 am in the morning or 5 pm in the evening are the best times to consume it.
A bowl of spinach soup
If you want to make a meal of it, whole wheat pasta baked with spinach is the perfect thing to have, a few hours post lunch. Spinach is rich in serotonin, the feel-good neurotransmitter. And of course, spinach lavishes you with vital minerals that restore energy levels too.
Almonds or walnuts
The great thing is that they nurture the brain and are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. You should have a handful anytime you are hungry. Walnuts had on an empty stomach early in the morning will keep your cholesterol in control.
They are loaded with potassium and the B Complex vitamins and are proven to be anti-sadness fruit. They calm down your heartbeat and control blood pressure, thus steadying you after an unpleasant episode. A delicious way to enjoy bananas is to slice them in roundels, squeeze some lemon juice on them and toss them in a little sea salt. Bonus: citrus increases energy and you feel calm and refreshed. Mornings and evenings are the ideal times for this fruit.
Pulses—beans, peas, lentils and chickpeas—are an excellent source of protein that can be enjoyed in soups, salads, chilli, stews and more. They are high in soluble fibre as well as complex carbohydrates called resistant starch and oligosaccharides. These complex carbohydrates help slow digestion and give relaxation to your mind. Best if had at night.
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