Some of the best mood soothing  and mood boosting foods are those that nourish the brain. And many of those great foods, believe it or not, support weight loss. Foods that boost your brain’s supply of the happiness chemical called serotonin are a good example of those that are needed for effective weight loss . Serotonin, being a neurotransmitter, is actually critical to weight loss.  It’s made up of amino acids. One important one in particular is trytophan.  The body is unable to make tryptophan on its own so getting it through a proper diet is crucial. The best foods known for tryptophan is turkey, flaxseeds, pork, lentils and peanuts.  Many studies have proven that people who do not eat enough tryptophan are more likely to feel depressed from time to time.  Typically when someone feels low, they are more susceptible to unnecessary cravings. Many people, women in particular, tend to have these cravings while feeling low.  While some may crave sugar or salt, most crave carbohydrates when they are deficient in serotonin and we all know unnecessary carbs certainly do not contribute to healthy weight loss.

So, if you have been trying your hardest to lose weight and can’t figure out why you have plateaued, maybe you’re not getting enough trytophan.  Also be sure to stay away from processed foods as those tend to make us feel sluggish and moody.  A more natural diet, especially one that entails the tryptophan foods above, will keep you feeling healthy and alive with a more vibrant mood!










Shannon Lazovski

Shannon Lazovski is the CEO of Glamorous Moms LLC, editor and owner of,, is a MichMoms blogger for the Detroit News, the founder of Detroit Mom Bloggers; a mom blogger network in the Metro Detroit area. She is a blogger, fashion/beauty/image consultant and a social media community manager. She loves to collect jewelry, handbags and heels (typically the higher the better) and cannot get enough when it comes to the subjects of beauty and fashion.

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    Pinkie Abbadessa
    October 8, 2012 1:01 pm

    Tryptophan is great because it helps me to sleep at night and another great thing about it is that it is also a natural anti-depressant.

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