Last week, we talked about your body’s natural “good mood fluid” serotonin. This week, we’ll look at Step 1 to start your serotonin engine.
Step 1 – Fuel for your Serotonin Engine.
Food generally breaks down into three categories, fats, proteins and carbohydrates. Any thoughts on which one of these three is the fuel your body relies on to make mood boosting serotonin? If you guessed protein, you are correct?
It’s generally felt that we need about 5-10 grams of protein at each meal (depending on your weight) to give our serotonin engine the fuel it needs.
Here are a few examples of what 10 grams of protein looks like:
• Meat/fish – a portion that covers the palm of your hand
• Beans – 1/2 cup of black, pinto or lentil beans
• Nuts – 1/3 cup of almonds or peanuts
• Seeds – 1/4 cup of hulled pumpkin seeds
Next week, we’ll look at Step 2 – Extras your body needs to help convert that protein into mood boosting serotonin.