Today I’m asking what kind of eater are you? We eat for a variety of reasons: hunger, boredom, emotional and I wondered if any of these sound familiar to you?
Spiced food to relieve feelings of agitation and restlessness, adding more spice to your life.
Big portions because you feel unable to cope and it feels like additional support.
Creamy and cheesy foods through lack of self-esteem and want to get good feedback from your own peer group.
Caffeine for the energy boost and the lack of physical exercise.
Alcohol or chocolate to help block out all emotions and feelings when actually you need to address them.
The most common reasons for emotional reasons are:
- Eating ‘numb out’ foods defers dealing with pressures.
- Emotional eaters are caught up in the physical cravings for sugary, fatty and salty foods.
- Emotional eaters sometimes have not dealt with some kind of historic loss.
Establishing what kind of emotional eater you are is crucial to your success.
Below I have listed some foods that are great for your emotional health. By adding foods that will work with your body, nourishing it and fuelling you – it can have huge benefits.
For tryptophan, so the brain can make serotonin:
Seafood, turkey, beans, rice, houmous, lentils, hazelnuts and pecans, eggs, sesame and sunflower seeds.
Fish – (check out my recipe below), Canola oil, Olive oil, Flaxseed oil, Walnuts, Venison
For folic acid:
Beetroot, Spinach, Broccoli, Avocados, Asparagus, Dried beans, Brussel sprouts
The ultimate superfoods to help fight against poor emotional health – try and get these in your diet every single day x
- Oats – pure and un-processed!
- Broccoli – I love this steamed or roasted
It’s been a while since I posted a recipe and so today I thought I’d share a family favourite.
A perfect time to share this one.
Baked Coriander Cod
2 tbs fine chopped coriander
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
1 clove garlic, crushed
10 freeze dried curry leaves, crushed
25g coconut (i used organic desiccated)
4 x 125g skinless cod fillets (I never weighed them, just bought big ones!)
Preheat oven to Gas Mark 5/190c/fan oven 170c and put baking tray/oven proof dish into heat.
Mix together coriander, ginger, garlic/curry leaves and coconut and season.
Place fillets on a board and press a little of the mixture on each fillet. Transfer the cod into the warmed dish and place in oven for 10mins or until cooked.
I love it with roasted broccoli and steamed rice.
Food that’s good for your brain and body doesn’t have to be dull or boring .. mix it up and add flavor and real foods to your meals
Let me know if this resonates with you.
Stay happy and healthy,
PS Are you joining us at our event on Tuesday? I’m sharing my top tips on how to tackle emotional eating