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Neighbourhood Health Desk: Here are some helpful hints on the nutrients you need to stay emotionally fit and help to prevent mood swings. These foods can help to keep you hormonally healthy and ensure all of the nutrients needed to maintain a well-balanced diet for optimal overall health.

Before breakfast:
Start your day with greens, complimented with herbs, vitamins, minerals, organic and nutrient-rich foods to help boost motivation and energy levels.

Breakfast:
This should include about one-third of foods that are high in lean protein such as eggs, grains or low-fat yoghurt and two-thirds of low-density complex carbohydrates such as vegetables, fruits and whole grains.

Mid-morning snack:
Reach for some raw, very low-density complex carbohydrates such as carrots, celery or zucchini.

Lunch:
Eat a balanced lunch including lean protein such as chicken or fish with complex carbohydrates from veggies and leafy greens.

Mid-afternoon snack:
Choose fresh fruit as a low-density complex carbohydrate snack to increase the level of serotonin in the body and help curb that 3 o’clock sugar craving.

Dinner:
This should be high in complex carbohydrates and low in protein to provide enough serotonin to help to calm hormones during the evening for a good night sleep.

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