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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Mood Food

Posted May 26, 2009 10:20 a.m. EDT
Updated May 26, 2009 10:38 a.m. EDT

Can certain foods make you feel better? Please weigh in on that question as you prepare to weigh yourself tomorrow. Yes, Wednesday is weigh day. I started the Ten Pounds Down Diet Challenge at 184 pounds. So my goal is to reach at least 183 pounds tomorrow and I’m feeling pretty good about it. But maybe it’s the banana talking.

I rarely eat bananas but I had one yesterday and it almost instantly helped improve my mood. So I ate another banana this morning. Same effect. I read that perhaps the tryptophan in bananas helps elevate a person’s mood and the magnesium in the fruit can reduce anxiety.

Mark Roberts used to eat a banana every morning and he was almost always upbeat. So, maybe there is something to it on a chemical level. Any thoughts? I guess you can have too much of a good thing. Colleague Kelcey Carlson had a college friend who broke out in hives after eating a bunch of bananas.

What about other foods that make you feel upbeat? I’ve heard that chocolate has a soothing effect. What about your thoughts?

For those participating in our ten week plan to shed ten pounds please weigh yourself first thing tomorrow morning and let us know how you’re doing. We’re all in this together. We will make it happen!