By now you’ve probably realized that food plays an important role in leveling out your mental health. It may not cure your mental illness for good but it will definitely give you a fighting chance in managing it so it doesn’t take over. In this post I’m going to talk all about the common foods that can trigger irritability, anxiety, anger and frustration. I know because I’ve been there, 4 years ago I had no idea what gut health was and was often grabbing foods that tasted great and made me feel good… for a minute. Not too long after consuming these foods would I have insane stomach aches, diarrhea, headaches, anxiousness and crippling irritability. Ya’ll anything would set me off - that’s how I got my nickname in college “Hulk-Leen” not the best nickname to have but it definitely fit my character at the time.
Luckily, I’ve healed my gut and no longer suffer from what I call “irritability attacks”. Once I healed my gut I was able to consume these foods in moderation without having an episode and it’s been life changing! *Cue calm, cool and collected Ashleen* If you are often quick to snap at your hubby or feel overwhelmed easily it may be time to take a look at the foods you’re consuming and how they might be contributing to your moods.
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Here are some common foods that may be contributing to your quick-to-be-irritated-self.
You knew this one was coming but just because it’s on this list doesn’t mean you have to cut it out forever or for good. Cutting back is all that is needed and you’ll see how much it really affects your mood. Not all sugar is created equal in this blog post we're talking about added sugar. This is the sugar you want to look out for, natural sugars won’t bother you in quite the same way. Read more about how sugar can affect your moods and mental health in this post!
This one hurts… I know. I love coffee as much as the next guy but it does cause a lot of hormone disruptions and throws your body out of whack, making you feel less than ideal and quick to get snippy. If you’re a two-a-dayer try making your second cup decaffeinated or switching it out for a lower caffeinated tea. Matcha, mate tea and mushroom coffees are also great alternatives to check out.
Ooooooh, lord knows I love my wine but overconsumption of alcohol can really trigger some moods - quite often ones you’ve been holding in for some time, know what I mean? Limiting your alcohol consumption to once a week is probably a great first step but if it’s particularly a problem for you it might be a good idea to trial a month of sobriety. If you can cut it cold turkey, more power to you!
*My french boyfriend is breaking up with me right now* All the white flour refined carb loaded foods can cause blood level spikes and crashes along with digestive issues which both trigger moodiness. These white carbs have a similar effect to added sugar on the body which is why they’re on this list! Feeding bad bacteria is a recipe for disaster when it comes to your mental health and well being.
5. Trans Fatty Acids
Trans fatty what now!? This fatty acid is found often in fried foods and store bought baked goods. This fatty acid has been directly linked to increased aggression [this is why deep fried chicken wings and “Hulk-leen” went hand in hand]. This is because it, “interferes with the brain's ability to produce and use Omega-3 fatty acids - a nutrient shown by research to lower aggression.” (study linked here Trans fat consumption and aggression). Moral of the story, slow down on the fried foods and increase your intake of wild caught salmon, nuts and seeds.
I never realized what an impact food had on my mood and how quickly it can be linked to aggression and irritability. Maybe you can relate?
Many women struggle with the quick-to-be-annoyed syndrome, as I call it. I suffered from this as well and always thought this just “is what it is” but in actuality it’s a hormone imbalance due to the foods you’re consuming and the lifestyle you’re leading. Making minor changes daily will significantly increase your odds of never having to be ‘that b*tch’ ever again.
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What foods trigger you? Leave it in the comments!
Hey! My names Ashleen.