What Does Food Have to Do With Self-Confidence
by Leah Lund
Spunk, sass, mojo, panache, the glow, the X-factor, the It-girl. Whatever you want to call it…self-confidence is sexy. It feels good. As an Executive Health Coach, I see far too many women with remarkable talent, drive and motivation who feel stuck in self-doubt. Not moving forward. Not feeling like their frisky self. Not receiving the life they deserve. Sometimes, even you movers and shakers find yourselves feeling less enthusiastic or fulfilled than you deserve. Self-doubt can weigh on you like a ton of bricks (or a couple of gnarly saddlebags), draining your energy and robbing you of your joy and optimism. Here’s the dish…food can be a simple, delicious way to boost your confidence and bring back your mojo!
Serve Up Some Seratonin at Meal Time
Nutrient dense food helps you produce a mood lifting brain chemical called serotonin (in addition to other kinds of feel good brain juice.) Serotonin makes you feel positive, flexible, capable and yes- self confident. No prescription required. A lack of self-confidence is not the personality you are destined to live with (neither is guilt, worry, negativity or moodiness). Proper nourishment can have you feeling like your old self again or even better.
Your food creates your thoughts and influences your reality. The following suggestions are really for people who are struggling with their mood and self-confidence.
My Top 3 Confidence Building Foods:
1. Protein- Amp it up! If you’re not a vegetarian, then ethically raised and organic sources of fish, meat, chicken, turkey, and eggs, are a good place to start. There are partial proteins from beans, grains, nuts or seeds and a whole lot of leafy greens. Try to get 25-35 grams PER MEAL. Keep it clean & lean and if you are vegetarian you will need to work harder to get this amount of protein.
2. Low Carb Vegetables-7-13 servings (1/2 cup) per day. Food speaks to our DNA and vegetables have a lot to say!
3. Fats-YES…FATS. Omega 3 and saturated fats. 3 Tbsp per day of foods like extra virgin olive oil, flax oil, coconut oil, butter, ghee (clarified butter), avocados, soaked nuts &seeds (almonds, pumpkin, walnut), coconut milk. Low fat dieting has led to low self-esteem living.
Remove the Feel Bad Foods
If you really want to feel good, you’re going to need to eliminate a few of the “feel-bad foods” like sugar, caffeine, alcohol, gluten, chemicals, preservatives, hormones and antibiotics. Sticking to whole foods and getting to know your produce section are an important place to start. If this still doesn’t work, you may need to consider supplementation. At One Whole Health, our expertise is using targeted nutrition to boost your energy, mood, balance and sleep while improving your ability to manage your stress and weight. Best yet-we’ll show you how to let go of relying on will power and, instead, experiment, play, practice, imagine and eat your way back to feeling good.
There are options and solutions when it comes to improving your mood with food. Before you accept anyone’s label or diagnosis that there’s something “wrong” with you, check your foods habits and do a few disciplined experiments with your food. It’s a small price to pay for preserving your brain chemistry and steering clear from pharmaceuticals that have a list of side effects far worse than the condition they are apparently trying to solve.
You can fill out a quick assessment at www.onewholehealth.com and find out if your mood-food connection might be in need of a little makeover. There’s plenty of information and support for you there, and I look forward to helping you improve your mood with food.
Meet Leah Lund
Hi! I’m Leah Lund, Executive Health Coach, Neuro Nutrient Therapist and Founder of One Whole Health. One Whole Health Programs are a holistic approach, using a proven system to help you repair chemical/hormone imbalances that unknowingly sabotage your efforts, while harnessing the power of your thoughts and beliefs through on-line journaling. I delight in helping you boost your energy and mood while balancing your weight, stress and life.
I am certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and the Neuro Nutrient Therapy Institute, serve as Ambassador and Student Mentor for the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and am a member of the International Positive Psychology Association and the International Coaching Federation. Visit http://www.onewholehealth.com for a free Mood-Brain Assessment and find out what you can do with food to improve your mood.
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