When you are feeling bummed out, stressed or unmotivated do you crave broccoli? Kale? Most likely not. There is a powerful and science-based reason why you tend to crave junk food when you are in a bad mood.

Chemicals in our brain lead us in the direction of what we place on our plates and in our stomachs. The good and nutritious news is that we all have the ability to “power-up” our plates, our palates and release our motivational potential. The outcome? Sustained and inspiring motivation all day from breakfast to dinner.

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Certain foods contain motivation building blocks called amino acids. When you choose to “feed your head” you can expect a boom in the motivation-making brain chemical, Dopamine.

The best news is that it’s simple and delicious to create:

  • Breakfast: eggs paired with dark greens and green tea
  • Mid-morning snack: a handful of nuts
  • Lunch: grilled chicken or a turkey burger with a side of kale salad
  • Mid-afternoon snack: a serving of 70% or more dark chocolate (YES)
  • Dinner: Wild salmon with your favorite green veggie

*Go light on the alcohol as it discourages healthy dopamine balance.

You want to feel confident? Motivation is key for creating a happy, successful and meaningful life and you hold the keys to opening the medicine cabinet for motivation in your head. Eat with purpose and passion and be motivated for life!

IMG_7034e-5About: Dr. James Rouse is a naturopathic doctor and expert in functional and lifestyle medicine. An author of nine books, host and founder of Optimum Wellness Media, and Ironman triathlete, James has coached Fortune 50 and 500 companies, MLB and NFL teams, several branches of US Government and consults for companies including BackJoy, SKOOP and Kroger Grocery. He has shared his message to audiences in the US, Europe and Asia.