But finding ways to include more and more vegetables and fruits in your daily diet will reduce your cravings for dead junk food, and you'll be amazed how quickly it will improve your mood.
Here's a great video from Fully Raw Kristina, with her top suggestions for stress relief and emotional health -- and her top 10 foods to get there. Don't be scared by Kristina's ravenous expression and what looks like a decadent dessert on the screen shot. It's a yummy smoothie! One of the wonderful things about fruits and vegetables is their gorgeous colors and shapes, and how just looking at them can make you feel happy. Check it out:
And, a few of my own tips:
- Be brave, and try a 7-day challenge to avoid your personal top 3 junk foods that calm you only for the few seconds it takes to eat them, and then make you feel even more sluggish and lifeless.
- Try replacing your major offenders with some of Kristina's picks from the video (lots more in the video above, but here are 5 of her top 10 foods for stress relief):
- Greens and salads. (Yes, really. Come on, have you actually tried this?)
- Bananas. (Kristina says that they alleviate depression. I say that even though bananas are a higher-calorie fruit, a banana has fewer calories than a soda or candy bar and is more filling.)
- Crunchy veggies. (Kristina says these give you something to gnaw on in place of crunchy, overly salty snacks. I say -- those salty snacks make you feel bloated and edgy! Remember, they only feel good while you're scarfing them down, and then, you feel just yuck.)
- Watermelon or other hydrating juicy fruits. (Kristina says that juicy fruits, and especially watermelon, help to restore your body when feeling exhausted.)
- Cucumber or zucchini slices spritzed with lemon juice. (Cooling, hydrating, and relaxing. Kristina links to a video to make a yummy-looking zucchini pasta. I say: Just the scent of cucumber is so relaxing. Put a couple of slices -- without the lemon juice -- on your eyes, too, and say ahhhhhh.)
UPDATE 5.7.15: Yesterday Kristina posted this poem/motivational talk about getting through dark times by choosing to be happy. It seems to be a response to haters, and I think it's especially appropriate for my divorcees. Watch and feel uplifted (and remember, it's not about eating a raw diet, it's about making choices that support you):