Food and Mood
Ever wonder why sometime we crave for chocolate or sugary stuff when we are sad,stressed or when we feel pessimistic? Studies shown that our mood does affect our food choice and vice versa. What we eat has a profound effect on how we feel now and later! Check out this article by British dietetic association that comments regarding "food and mood" Any opinion or experience regarding food choices and Mood?
Dark chocolate made with a high percentage of unsweetened chocolate (+70%) contains sufficient theobromine to relax your big, broad muscles which also constrain your blood vessels. It also boosts your serotonin (the feel good hormone). If you blood pressure drops and you feel relaxed and your mood is elevated, the residual sugar in the chocolate will also give you a bit of an energy spike to incrementally enhance your overall feeling a well being.
According to studies - Foods and beverages affect mood and behavior, even in the short term. Research studies that investigate the best overall dietary patterns for good mental health invariably arrive at a conclusion: the foods and beverages that support optimal physical health are the same ones that support optimal mental health.
Ref - https://www.dmu.edu/dose/2016/04/the-food-mood-connection/
In my case chocolate is not doing immediate help in changing moods. While for some reason Thai food (like tom yam, thai ice tea) improve it practically immediately. I assume it comes for combination of smell, light spiceness, and tongue feeling.
Seems it can be very specific to person body metabolism specifics - for example one of my friends was saying he falling asleep from coffee, but stays awake from tea.
According to the Harvard University "The research regarding dietary factors and depression is still inconclusive," says Patricia Chocano-Bedoya, a visiting scientist in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. But there have been hints that food may play a role in depression!!! further studies are needed!
Many patients of mine reach for sugary or simple carbs under stressful conditions or to satiate their soul. Rare that one would reach for beans or steak for filling up one's emotional void. I have also seen patients who tell me they look for textural foods to eat, perhaps crunchy items, to appease mood issues. Best course of action is to go for a walk!!