This is it! Here we are, Election Day! Are you ready for your President, America? Well, whether you are or you aren’t, sometimes when you least expect it, your expectations might not be met and with that comes depression or mood swings. Depression & mood swings are a brain disorder that affects more than 20 million people in the United States according to The National Institute of Mental Health. In that 20 million, they have also stated that women are 70% more likely than men to experience depression during their lifetime.
I can tell you this much, I haven’t revealed to many people which side of the political fence I’m leaning on! (c’mon now, you know who I’m rootin’ for!) That being said, I know if my guy isn’t elected, I might be feeling a little red, white & mostly blue!
Food can absolutely affect the way you feel both emotionally and physically. They wouldn’t call it comfort food for nothing, right?
When you’re depressed or feeling angry, it’s because you have low levels of serotonin in your body. Your knee jerk reaction would be to go for some of those oh-so-comforting carbs. It happens to the best of us, but DON’T DO IT! You’ll gain an extra couple pounds and for what reason? None. I guarantee you, whether it’s Obama or Romney, neither one is going to put your weight gain or, better yet, weight loss goals on their political agenda! So stay away from them!
Post election foods to fight the blues!
Salmon is amazing. I don’t say that lightly. Any animal that swims upstream to give birth to her babies and knows she is going to die in the process is an incredible creature to me. Salmon not only give their lives to their babies, but they are oh so giving to us too… they provide us with Omega-3’s. Something our bodies can’t produce on their own. Salmon have antidepressant properties, due to the large amounts of omega-3 fatty acids. The fatty acids found in these foods are important to the health of nerve and brain cell membranes. Lack of these fats in your diet may put you at higher risk for depression. It’s brain food!!
Studies have shown that people who suffer from depression also have lower levels of folic acid. Spinach happens to have not only one of the largest amounts of folic acid, but it’s also filled with iron & fiber.
Eat whole grains like brown rice. These high fiber foods absolutely have an effect on your brain functions and depression levels. Not just for the obvious reason (although I do freak out if I’m constipated and it stresses me out!), but it’s extremely high in magnesium levels. Studies suggest that magnesium can counteract your brains want to be depressed.
So now that I’ve given you three fantabulous foods that’ll boost your mood, let’s talk about that victory dinner! This will make you and your family happy regardless who wins the election.
Ginger Soy Salmon
- 4 Salmon Filets
- 1 Tbs. Soy Sauce
- 1 Teaspoon Freshly Grated Ginger or ½ Teaspoon Ground Ginger Powder
- 1 Teaspoon Light Brown Sugar
- 2 Chopped Scallions
- ½ Teaspoon Garlic Salt
- ½ Teaspoon White Pepper
- Drizzle of Olive Oil
- (If you like spicy you can go with a chili sesame oil)
- Squeeze of ½ a lemon.
In a ziplock bag combine all the ingredients and allow it to marinate for at least 20 minutes.
Drizzle olive oil in a large oven-safe pan over medium high heat.
Gently place the salmon filets down and cook on each side about 4-5 minutes, depending on the thickness of the salmon.
Finish with a squeeze of lemon. If you’d like it to be a little more saucey- add some of the marinating liquid to the pan and finish with a pat of butter.
Garlic Sautéed Spinach
- 1 Bag of Clean Baby Spinach Leaves
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 1-2 Garlic Cloves Sliced Thinly
- 1 Tablespoon Coarse Salt
- Freshly Cracked Black Pepper
- Squeeze of ½ a lemon
- Red Pepper Flakes (optional)
In a large sauté pan (that has a lid) add olive oil and sauté the garlic over medium-high heat for about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Be careful not to burn the garlic.
Add the spinach and all the remaining ingredients except the lemon. Toss it and make sure all the spinach is well coated. Cover the pan and reduce the heat to medium low. Cook for about 3 minutes or until spinach is wilted. Uncover and finish with a squeeze of lemon.
Sesame Brown Rice
- 1 Cup Brown Rice
- 2 Cups Chicken Stock or Water
- 1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce (I use reduced sodium)
- 1 ½ Teaspoons of Sesame Oil
- Pat of butter (optional)
In a medium sized pot add all ingredients. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Once it comes to a boil, cover & reduce flame and lower to a simmer. Cook covered for about 35-45 minutes.