I’m massively into the benefit of good fat to boost mood, mind clarity, intelligence and help curb cravings.
According to Patrick Holford, we should be eating at least a tablespoon of both seeds and milled flaxseeds a day. This is to feed our brain with tryptophan, which our body turns into serotonin (happy hormone) and give it vital Omega 3 and 6 – two amino acids we can’t produce ourself but is vital for brain cells to function optimally. The bottom line is – I swear to God, if we started upping our intake of these things, we’d notice a difference in general mind health.
Also, grab yourself a tub of lecithin from Holland & Barrett – its a soya protein high in phospholipids – which cushions the brain cells. Lecithin is also known to help in the break down of fat. A recommended daily amount is 1 tablespoon. It doesn’t taste of anything and can be sprinkled over soups and cereal…anything.
Talking of cereal – here we go! These two recipes only contain good stuff. The first is a genius invention by my housemate Toby – who makes a big batch of this at a time. It’s his Fat Crunch Granola.
Mix a large bag of sunflower seeds, with flaxseeds, ground almonds, ground ginger, cinnamon and coconut oil. Roast in the oven for 10 minutes until golden. Store in a glass jar. Serve with a large dollop of Greek yogurt – the full fat stuff. Or good quality vegan yogurt – sugar free and preferably fermented.
For my Power Porridge (above), make a batch of porridge with water and coconut oil (1-2 teaspoons). Serve with a chopped very ripe banana, mixed seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, chia), milled flaxseeds and a heaped tablespoon of Lecithin.
If you’re really struggling with mood, I’d suggest eating every 3 hours (my nutritionist said this to me) and stay away from sugary foods as they can play havoc with your blood sugar levels which have a knock on effect in your brain.