Wellness Wednesday **** The more I read, the more I appreciate how individual an…
The more I read, the more I appreciate how individual and complex we all are and why trying to get everyone to eat in one defined pattern is silly 🤦🏾♀.
Before I discovered plant-based eating, I was a low-carb connoisseur. I avoided all grains, starchy vegetables, legumes and fruits. My diet consisted of only leafy greens, chicken and fish (red meat was never really my thing)🙈. At first, it was great, I lost weight pretty quickly, but after a while I became lethargic, my concentration level was zero, I had brain fog all the time, I was extremely irritable, I was craving grains like crazy, and I became extremely dependent on caffeine to get me through each day😩. I should have realised that low-carb diets weren’t for me, but I pushed on away because it was the thing to do😧.
I’ve been doing a lot of reading recently, and I came across something that explained why I was barely surviving eating a low-carb diet.
Several amino acids are essential for boosting our mood, tryptophan is one of the key ones. Your brain converts it to serotonin, the feel-good chemical that enhances mood and generally makes you happy.
✨Tryptophan is abundant in protein including, legumes, nuts and animal products. However, you need a sufficient supply of glucose from a high carbohydrate diet to increase the accessibility of tryptophan to your brain. If your brain has more access to tryptophan, it produces more serotonin, and the better you feel✨
✨✨We women naturally have lower levels of serotonin in our brains than men. Low carbohydrate diets reduce our serotonin levels even further, making us more irritable and causing mood swings✨✨
Some people find low-carb diets easy so this may not apply. If you find it difficult, don’t continue to struggle like I was, Eat Carbs! Simply choose unprocessed varieties like whole grains, potatoes, squash, vegetables and legumes🌽🥦🥔🍌🍎🥕 more often than you choose processed varieties🥐🥯🍬🍫🍩 and you will be just fine!