Health Warrior’s Top Tips Health Warrior 7 June, 2012 Food Seratonin boosting foods – Eat your way to a happier you! Proteins contain tryptophan, a large amino that converts to serotonin in the brain. Tryptophan works best when consumed in conjunction with a small bit of carbohydrate, such as a scoop of brown rice, a handful of nuts, or a few tablespoons of legumes. These complex carbohydrates are essential to helping your brain properly process the tryptophan in protein. Vegetables are also great – and my preference. In terms of which protein, turkey, fish, chicken, cottage cheese, nuts, cheese, eggs, and beans all contain generous levels of tryptophan. Hormonal processes require essential fatty acids, so don’t shirk your “good fats”. Get plenty of DHA-enhanced eggs and dairy in your diet, and eat fish a few times a week. Good sources are wild salmon, mackerel, and tuna. You vegheads can also nosh on avocados, nuts, flaxseed, vegetable oils (walnut, avocado, almond, flax, olive) and seeds. Food Rules – An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollen If there is only one book to buy for your journey with food. please let it be this one. it’ll take you 20 mins to read. Eat seasonally – Now’s the time! Eating seasonally is fresher, healthier, tastes better, is better for the environment (reduces the amount of energy needed to transport and grow food out of season).