Happy Meal

Nope, I’m not actually talking about that one from the big fast food chain (even though it makes Jana very happy to get one of those as a treat). No I’m actually talking about foods that make you happy. Ever heard of those? My first thought on this was chocolate as I am sure it is for most people. That may be true, but while it might make you happy, it won’t help your waistline. But there are actually foods that do both – make you happy and with this stop you from overeating! Sounds too good to be true? Well it isn’t. πŸ™‚

It’s all down to serotonin. The happy hormone. It is actually an important chemical in our body that is responsible for a number of physiological functions and brain processes, such as mood and sleeping. That’s why it is sometimes called the happy hormone…

It is actually a neuro-transmitter. Serotonin is generated in the body by enzymes that metabolise the amino acid tryptophan, which is an essential amino acid that our bodies require. Similar to tryptophan, certain foods contain high levels of serotonin.

Over 70% of serotonin are found in our gut. It’s easy to see how our diet can have a direct impact on our waistline, but it is not clear as to how our nutritional choices affect our brains. However, we all know how important food is to our emotions and our mood (don’t try and talk to Paul when he’s on a sugar low!). Who hasn’t been upset and found that a big bar of chocolate (or a donut in Paul’s case) helps you to calm down? We allow food to affect our mood all the time!

There are actually certain foods that won’t affect your waistline in a bad way but because they are high in serotonin help you to not overeat. Because the happy hormone is released in the body it gives the body signals that we can stop eating. I can vouch for that. We have a supplement that does just that (Forever Garcinia Plus – https://www.foreverliving.com/retail/entry/Shop.do?store=GBR&language=en&distribID=440500072227&itemCode=071) which contains Garcinia Fruit – also called Tamarind or Brindle Berry – which is one of those foods. And I just don’t have that craving for sweet things after a meal like I normally do when I remember to take it. Magic! πŸ™‚ This supplement also has the bonus of containing chromium which contributes to a normal macronutrient metabolism and the maintenance of normal blood glucose levels.

But it’s not just Tamarind (or brindle berry or whatever you want to call it). There are also high concentrations of serotonin in walnuts, plantain, pineapple, kiwi, plums, tomatoes, dates and papayas. These foods simply reduce hunger feelings. Isn’t that awesome?

So if you are struggling with that sweet tooth or overeating – try having some of those with your meal or before to give them time to kick into action. We recommend to take our Garcinia supplement 20-30min before a meal. So off you go. Give it a try. And let me know how you get on!

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