9 Mood Boosters for Your Diet

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6. Add carbs to your low-carb diet.

Did you know that your low-carb diet could be making you feel depressed? Eating carbohydrates releases serotonin, the hormone responsible for feelings of calm and well-being. Depriving your body forces your brain to stop regulating serotonin. And eating high-fat, high-protein diets could make you feel irritable and sluggish. If you're really feeling down, you might consider switching your diet to one that incorporates complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, vegetables, and fruits to give you long-lasting energy.

7. Take a walk.

After your meal, replace your temptation for dessert with a breath of fresh air. Walking after meals aids digestion. And in addition to burning calories, a 10- or 15-minute walk can give you a pleasant feeling of calm and contentment. Be sure to pace yourself so that you don't get a cramp.

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