Although confidence is the result of a lot of factors—many of which you can’t control—one thing you can change is what you eat. How 150884498 (2)would you like to go into every meal knowing that you could eat in a way that would build your confidence and boost your self-esteem? Today, I’m excited to share some ideas that will fortify your mind and deliver a healthy dose of confidence at every meal.

The key ingredient in the breakfast of most confident champions is Tryptophan—an amino acid that helps to build confidence by fortifying the production of serotonin (the brain chemical for confidence).  Now before you go and get all “unconfident” on me because you’re thinking that this prescription for confidence is all about endless buffets of steamed kale…wait…there is kale, but tryptophan is also found in other delicious foods too—including turkey, wild salmon and halibut.

If you eat foods that have a low fat content, you’ll be more energetic and confident throughout the day. How many of you have wanted to take a nap straight after gorging on a burger, fries and milkshake at your favorite diner? These foods tend to make you feel tired and sluggish. Eating too many carbs, eating at fast food restaurants, or eating foods high in fat can all affect your mood and your confidence.

I think it’s important to note that you don’t have to completely change the way you eat all at once. Try incorporating more kale or spinach into your diet at first. You’ll soon realize the change the foods are making in your body and your boost in confidence. Slowly, your interest in getting more nutrient-rich foods into your diet will increase and your confidence will be through the roof!

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.