How to Boost Your Mood With Food This Spring

Sarah Haskins

Now that it's springtime, everyone wants to be happy, go outside and enjoy the day. But what if you're not one of them? What if you've been waiting for this all winter long, but now that spring is here, you're too irritated, lethargic or unmotivated to get out there and enjoy the season? You may want to take a look at the food you're eating.

We all know that food affects us at a cellular level, but did you know that certain foods actually vibrate with this creative change? Food that is alive and from the earth will energize and invigorate you. The sooner you eat it after it's picked, the more energizing it will be. That's one reason why it's so important to try to buy local when you can. Imported, out-of-season foods are dying foods. Following this logic, it's no surprise that processed, pre-packaged, dead food will leave you feeling lethargic and uninspired, like a light that has fizzled out. Makes sense, doesn't it?

Some of the best living foods out there are your dark green leafy veggies. And since it's springtime, those leafy greens are flourishing and full of energizing life. Dark green leafy vegetables are full of chlorophyll, which might as well be dubbed "liquid sunshine." Chlorophyll is the substance in plants that allows them to absorb light from the sun and convert it into usable energy. What if we could harness this power and take it into our own bodies? Think of what could we do with our day-to-day life if we had this ability available to us all of the time? Well, fortunately for us, we do! When we consume raw, dark green vegetables such as kale, broccoli and Swiss chard, we fill our bodies with the equivalent of the plant's life blood -- the very thing that allows a seed to flourish and take form.

Chemically, chlorophyll is very similar to our blood. When consumed, it helps us oxygenate and breathe life into every cell. Imagine that! Plumping up every cell in your body with high-vibrational, oxygen-giving nutrients, and feeling it flow throughout your entire body. Pretty cool, huh? Plus, as a bonus, chlorophyll is also extremely purifying and detoxifying. Is it a coincidence that the time of year when chlorophyll flourishes is the time for spring cleaning? I don't think so.

Here are some other high-energy, vibrational foods for you to try:

-- Tree fruits: Try apples, pears, bananas, coconuts, avocados, nectarines, peaches, plums, apricots, oranges, lemons, limes, mangos, pomegranates, blueberries, cherries and olives.

-- Non-green veggies: Even your regular run-of-the-mill veggies -- if eaten in season -- are living, energizing foods. Try red and yellow peppers, purple cabbage, carrots, cauliflower and jicama.

-- Raw cacao: Chocolate in its pure form has over 1,200 phytonutrients. It contains nutrients like magnesium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, copper and manganese. It also contains phenylethylamine, which gives off those "feel good" chemicals in the brain, and theobromine, which dilates the cardiovascular system to allow all the benefits to come in. I like to add cacao to my morning oatmeal, or into any one of my many smoothie recipes.

-- Goji berries: These are packed with antioxidants, which can help minimize free radical damage to our cells. This is especially important now that we are more inclined to be outside enjoying the warm air. Sunscreen helps you on the outside, but goji berries help fight off possible cancerous cells on the inside!

-- Cultured and fermented foods: These are a great source of probiotics, which will help your digestion stay on track.

I firmly believe in the old saying, "You are what you eat." The phrase really hit home for me when I was in school at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and Joshua Rosenthal, the organization's founder, elaborated on it in a lecture. When you eat a food, he said, it goes into your body and it becomes your blood, your bones, your hair; it turns into your thoughts and memories. It quite literally becomes you.

So what exactly do you want to be made out of? Do you want to be made out of vibrant, rich, living, nutrient-dense matter, or would you rather be made out of something artificial and plastic?

Don't just take my word for it -- try the breakfast experiment. For two days at breakfast, eat a sugary cereal, bagels with cream cheese or a muffin. Take note of how you feel throughout both days. How is your energy, sleep and mental clarity? How does your skin look? Is going to the bathroom an issue?

The next two days, eat whole grains and eggs with sautéed leafy greens or oatmeal with fruit, and wash it down with a green smoothie. Be sure to take notes on all the same things. I guarantee you'll see for yourself the benefits of living foods on your body, mind and mood. Spring is here, and it's time to rock your body and mind with some fresh and fabulous food. By eating food that vibrates at a higher frequency, we increase our life force energy and feel more radiant inside and out.

Sarah Haskins is the founder of Whole Green You, a holistic health coaching practice that specializes in helping busy men and women around the country increase their energy, improve their relationship to food, lose weight, deconstruct and control cravings, and reduce their toxic load. As a U.S. Army veteran with 11 years of active duty service to her country, Haskins' holistic nutritional approach has been implemented with many U.S. Army soldiers to enhance their focus, energy and athletic ability both on and off the battlefield.