Written by The Healthline Editorial Team
Medically Reviewed on June 18, 2013 by George Krucik, MD, MBA
You know that if you eat a sweet snack–like a candy bar or sugary donut–you’ll get a spike of energy, soon followed by crashing low. Sugar highs and lows are just one of the many ways food can affect how you feel.
But have you ever considered which eating habits and specific foods might help you to feel happier and more energized? Recent research helps illuminate the role food plays in influencing your mood.
- Eat often enough. According to research reported by NBC News, you should eat every four to five hours to keep your blood sugar levels steady. Eating at regular intervals helps to ensure that your body has a continuous source of fuel, and this may assist in keeping your mood stable. If you feel like your blood sugar might be dipping frequently, talk to your doctor, since this could be a sign of hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia is a health condition that causes people to need to eat frequently.
- Don’t skip meals. Though it may be tempting to rush out the door without breakfast, Psychology Today reports that starting the day without fuel–or bypassing any meal–is a mistake. If you keep yourself from getting too hungry, you may be able to avoid a bad mood.
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