Boost Serotonin (& Mood) Thru Diet

December 13, 2017

This is a takeoff on the technique explained in Potatoes, Not Prozac.

The idea in the book is to eat a protein rich meal in the evening, then eat a plain baked potato about 3 hours later. The tryptophan from the protein rich meal will be floating around in your system and the plain baked potato, which is full of carbs, help to shuttle that tryptophan into the brain to make serotonin. Serotonin is the chemical that makes you feel good and happy.

If you ate protein and carbs/potato together, the process doesn’t work the same. Carbs have to be eaten alone a while after the protein rich meal.

Over trial and error, I’ve noticed that my gut doesn’t do too well on white potatoes. So the other day, I had the idea to simply eat fruit as my carbs instead. Bananas, apples, oranges, and such. And it has been working.

I’ll eat a protein (chicken, red meat, fish) + nonstarchy vegetables as one of my meals. Then about 3 hours later, I’ll eat some fruit alone as a meal. I alternate the process throughout the day. Very easy to do and has been helping my mood.