You’re going out to eat at your favorite restaurant, “Big Food.” You are very excited. You have an excuse to put on that forest green slinky dress that has been festering in your closet for the last few months and your thinking of burgundy stilettos and and pewter clutch. Jewel tones, nice contrast, but not too Christmassy.
Into the car you go in a great mood. You get to the restaurant and obsess over the menu. Too much choice! You should really pig out! Isn’t that what restaurants are for? You deserve it! You’ve been working hard on your body! Everyone will be asking, “Where does she put it?” and looking at you with envy. You decide. You’re going to have the Seafood Pasta Alfredo and the Double Decadent Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake a la mode. You come back home with a sugar high and reminisce about your evening, when it hits you. Suddenly, you feel terrible! You’re stomach hurts and its straining against your dress. Your mouth is dry and your breath smells! You’re good mood slowly evaporates as you watch the skinny Bachelorette on TV.
Ok, now everyone is entitled to pig out now and then, especially if you exercise regularly, but we do often find that as happy as we were before we went out, we are equally depressed after a huge heavy meal. So let’s talk about some choices we can make so we can start happy and end happy.
Triple Bean Salad
How about this for a starter of side: garbanzo beans, kidney beans and black beans with some vinegar and oil. This Contains selenium, a micro mineral that protects against free radical damage, lower inflammation and helps patients with moderate depression.
Ginger Lentil Soup
Carrots, onion, ginger, olive oil, lentil and tomatoes, now you’re talkin’.” Full of protein and fiber, this soup contains 25% of your daily folate needs. Low folate is associated with depression so eat up and get happy!
Spanish Shrimp and Farfalle
With farfalle, large shrimp, olive oil, cinnamon and pimiento stuffed olives, you can’t go wrong with this dish. carbohydrate-rich, it increases level of serotonin and elevates your mood.
Yogurt and Spice Grilled Chicken Skewers
Spicy chicken, low fat yogurt and reduced fat cream cheese in honey mustard make this a dish to remember. Protein rich foods keep you alert and energized. Dig in!
Dessert (the big finish)
Blackberry Banana Smoothie
Who needs a milkshake? You will be in a great mood after you eat this antioxidant-rich smoothie with bananas, blackberries, low fat yogurt and light coconut milk. Better than coffee for maintaining a good mood!
or, how about some…..
Deep Dark Chocolate Biscotti
The best for last! With whole wheat flour, flaxseed, baking soda, dark brown sugar, dark chocolate chips and unsalted almonds, you’re not giving up anything. Antioxidant-rich, these healthy ingredients will help you avoid the lows associated with processed food and high sugar content.
Eat well and prosper!