Complex Carbohydrates and Mood

Complex carbohydrates are those which have had no human interference, such as brown rice, buckwheat, quinoa, polenta, unprocessed grains and fresh fruit and vegetables. Complex carbohydrates break down slowly, releasing glucose gradually into the blood stream which helps to maintain stable blood sugar levels. They have more fibre and less hidden fats. When you swap simple carbohydrates for complex carbohydrates combined with protein and essential fatty acids you will experience a big improvement in your moods.

 Happy Mind Hot Tips to including complex carbohydrates into your diet.

  • Only eat complex carbohydrates that have not had any human interference and are gluten free
  • Always have a protein portion with your complex carbohydrates
  • Eat as many vegetables from the list as you want, remembering that the brightly coloured ones are the best for you
  • Consume as much raw food as you can for maximum nutritional benefits
  • Avoid simple carbohydrates, which contain sugar and wheat
  • Limit yourself to three pieces of fruit per day, as fruit is high in sugar
  • Where possible, choose vegetables over fruit and avoid dried fruits 
  • Some high starch vegetables, such as potato, can cause a spike in blood sugar levels and should be avoided.


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13 Responses to Complex Carbohydrates and Mood

  1. The less human interference the better! I really love quinoa. It’s a fantastic, versatile grain that tastes good!

    • tracey says:

      Hi Suzanne, yes it is delicious and it is also a great source of protein. Brown rice (if cooked properly) is also a favourite of mine.

      regards Tracey

  2. Leona Martin says:


    I feel really good because for the last 6 months my family and I have been eating more raw veggies over frozen and canned. I stopped purchasing them. I’ve cut back on starchy foods and fruits.

    Thanks for the information!

    • tracey says:

      Hi Leona, congratulations on making some big changes, not only for you but for your whole family toward being healthier. We really are what we eat. My youngest son (21) told me a few months ago that one of the most valuable lessons I had taught him was the connection between food, alcohol and mood. So they do listen, which is great. regards Tracey

  3. These many days i m eating a lot of sugar stuffs .I guess i need to reduce that ..

    • tracey says:

      Hi Sheril, even if you think you are feeling OK now you will a whole lot better when you minimise suagr and replace it with lean protein, fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts and seeds. You will be jumping out of your skin. Let me know how you go. regards Tracey

  4. Mikayla says:

    This is great information, Tracey. I’ve never tried quinoa or polenta, but I’m totally up for trying new foods – especially when it means I’ll be healthier and feeling better! 😉

  5. Bev says:

    Hi – enjoyed reading this .. great post. I am definitely guilty of eating a bit too much sugar I guess!! (esp biscuits) and probably the reason for being tired in the afternoon. Have picked up a couple of good tips – thanks!

  6. Kama says:

    Thank you Tracey. I now know that I am track 🙂

  7. sue says:

    Hi Tracy, great article, i do know that this is all so true but i an very bad at
    Making a good decision because frequently i just crave cake and always give in, but i Will re think about the link between eating sweets and poor mood. Thanks!

    • tracey says:

      Hi Sue, we all crave something sweet when our sugar levels start to drop. I will post some of my snack ideas that may help you with this in the next few days. It is really important to have 3 meals per day as well as a mid morning and mid afternoon snack which all include a portion of protein. regards Tracey

  8. Great tips tracey,
    I’m aiming to eat more healthily this year. I’m learning a lot about complex carbo and energy levels through this post.

    • tracey says:

      Hi Dominique, that is great to hear. It is very important to look after yourself when you have small children. It really does help with the energy levels and coping skills that are required in this phase of your life. regards Tracey

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