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Happy foods – part 5

For the next couple of weeks, I’ll be writing about foods that can make you a lot happier if you make them a part of your daily diet. Studies have shown that each of these six happy foods can positively contribute to your well being. You are what you eat right?! Mushrooms are on our happy foods menu today! You might also want to read ‘Happy foods – part 2part 3 and part 4‘.

As I explained in ‘Happy foods – part 1‘, I have a curious mind that craves to learn about new things. I’m kind of a nerd, so whenever I get the chance to, I love to read about science. There are always certain subjects that spike my interest a bit more than others; happiness (combined with science) is one of those for me. Back to our happy food!

Could mushrooms make you happier?

Unfortunately for me mushrooms don’t really seem to make me happy because I’m not a fan of eating them. This made me realize that a big part of why a person considers food a happy food is because people have a very personal taste. If you love to eat certain foods they will bring a smile on your face (unless you overate and you’ve created a food baby).

For people like myself, there is a reason to start loving mushrooms. Mushrooms are the only plant source of natural vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones, we get most of our vitamin D from exposure to sunlight (this makes vitamin D my favorite vitamin haha). In a study scientists found that people with seasonal affective disorder who upped their vitamin D intake experienced better moods. A great way to do this is to eat your mushrooms (even if you don’t like them that much, like myself)!

I’m wondering if there are Fit Girls who love eating mushrooms? Do you notice a happier mood? What’s your favorite recipe to make them more tasty? Please let me know! I’m willing to give this happy food a try!

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  1. Antonia

    When I had a winter depression last year I suddenly started eating loads of mushrooms and it made me feel better. So from my experience they do boost happiness. I also found out that we tend to unconciously choose the foods that fill something that we lack of e.g. lemons when you lack Vitamin C or cucumber when you lack iron and so on.

    • Safira Audrey

      I experience similar behavior with the vitamins I lack and the happiness boost! It’s kind of awesome that ones bodies and mind connect in this way 🙂 Thank you for sharing, I really appreciate it <3