The Connection Between Food & Mood


Do you ever monitor your mood after you eat? Happiness and positive emotions come from an array of different aspects for everyone. But one place that I believe is fundamental yet often overlooked is in our meals. I see tons of nutrition articles about the impact of food on our physical bodies, namely our weight, but not as many about how food is connected to our emotional state.

According to this article “Food and Mood: Interview With JB” at, Dr. John Bernardi says that food can impact our mood in three ways:

1. Food helps the brain make mood-changing chemicals called neurotransmitters

2. Food impacts blood sugar levels, which impacts perception of alertness/energy

3. Food is connected with past feelings/experiences