Our feeling state, to a big degree, can determine our level of will power with any diet or health strategy. We do not need to be feeling down in order to become more vibrant, or lose weight etc. We can start feeling great today, even before we reach our goals. This will likely actually help us to reach them faster.
With regard to feeling well and using that as a mechanism for achieving even better health, we can turn to food. Though food can sometimes be used as a distraction, certain foods can actually aid us in becoming more aware and in tune with reality and increase our focus on things that are productive.
Of all these foods, one of them that seems to have some of the most notable properties is cacao. This is the original name of the nut (called a bean) that chocolate comes from. This, and all high-quality chocolate foods, can be very powerful for offsetting feelings of doubt and apathy. It is a food that can truly promote feelings of vitality and often does this very quickly. With regard to this, raw chocolate or raw cacao contains the highest and purest feel-good attributes of all forms of chocolate. This, however, is a general statement as some forms of raw cacao are not of very high quality and do not react well with certain people. In that case, traditional dark chocolate might actually be a better choice. Still, high quality raw cacao (usually heirloom varieties) that tastes somewhat like dark chocolate without strong or excessive off-tasting flavors (this can be an indication of quality and overall nutrition), is very nutritious and is an incredibly pure and true from of chocolate. This food, when eaten along with a strong motivation to feel well and increase your own health can be a very useful aid. It can inspire dreams and ideas of hope which will encourage you to deal with potential setbacks.
While not wanting to use this article to detail chocolate's nutritional profile, it has an outstanding list of factors which influence our feeling state. Particularly, it contains very high amounts of the mineral magnesium which is often deficient in many people's diets and is a very calming and centering mineral. It also contains PEA, which is known to create feelings of well-being as well as the endorphin anandamide which is also associated with feelings of well-being. Furthermore, chocolate contains MAO inhibitors which increase the amount of time that dopamine and other feel-good neurotransmitters can flow before getting recycled. Beyond that, chocolate might be the highest known source of anti-oxidents out of all commonly eaten foods. This isn't usually directly related to well-being, but stress can result in the increased need for anti-oxidents. Oxidative stress, for some people, might induce overall stress.
Chocolate can be incredible for this purpose, however, if you are just supplementing with foods to feel well without using them to define an empowering direction for yourself, they might only give short term benefits. The key is utilizing them, in part, to increase your sense of empowerment that can be used to further your own success.
Here is a useful equation: Drive + Direction = Destination
In this case, a lack of drive can be remedied by certain foods. Chocolate, for many people, is one of these foods. Use them to increase your overall drive and then regain your direction that you have determined to be correct for yourself. Your drive will help you to stay with it.
Chocolate and other powerful foods or herbs can help to uphold you during perceived setbacks. Where many people give up or faulter after they feel they went offtrack, some decide to find another way back on or change directions to a more useful destination. One of the critical aspects that set these people apart is drive. From a physical and even emotional standpoint, the right foods and herbs can support you in this area and allow you to remain elevated. This elevated, yet clear, standpoint let's you be more observant of potential opportunities. From there, your path becomes illuminated.
Here are some other potentially helpful foods and tonic herbs:
Goji Berries - Benefits the liver, kidney's and adrenals. These are all connected to drive and decisiveness. The goji berry is also known as "the happy berry". This quality can increase your ability to stay hopeful and allowing when encountering setbacks.
Astragalus - Increases overall energy or chi. This has an effect on overall health and vitality. Astragalus is also connected to adrenal health. These qualities can increase motivation and feelings of well-being.
Reishi Mushroom - Increases feelings of well-being. Benefits the liver. Reishi is known to be a powerful immune tonic and promote nervous system and neurological health.
Asparigus Root - Increases feelings of well-being. Known to be a lung tonic. Helpful for releasing stress.
These are just some of the many powerful tonic herbs and foods that can promote overall well-being. Find one's that work well with you.