• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

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    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

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Feeling Moody? Grab a Snack!

I stumbled across a super handy article out of Women’s Day magazine today that talked about how to curb unwanted moodiness or emotional stress through eating particular types of foods.  Evidently, your body reacts better to some foods than others, and by keying into how you feel, you can actually determine just what your body is lacking and how to make the bad emotions disappear.  Interesting, huh?  I know that for many of us (myself, included), the foods that we go to when we are stressed out, sad, or angry are the so-called “bad day foods.”  Foods like chips, ice cream, soda, and candy are oh so addicting when we are going through rough times, but surprisingly don’t really do a whole lot to help us out emotionally.  Here are some proven types of “food cures” for bad days:


The best cure for sleep deprivation and sluggishness (aside from just getting more sleep, that is!) is to make sure you are eating foods with folic acid.  Have a spinach salad, fortified cereal, baked or mashed potatoes, or beans.  All of these power foods can provide you with energy and a sharp noggin for those quizzes and tests.

Crabby (or as I like to say, Salty!):

Make sure that you are eating what are known as “combination” foods.  These typically consist of a carbohydrate and a protein.  Women’s Day suggests peanut butter and apples.  Personally, I love having turkey and crackers or an egg with toast when I am in need of a protein boost.


Of course, we all feel sad sometimes.  There is just no preventing it.  However, if your sadness comes on without reason, you are probably lacking Vitamin D in your diet.  Good sources of this vitamin are fortified whole grain cereals, milk (and yes, you can add chocolate syrup if you want!), yogurt, and cheese.  These are all great options to reach for when you need a jolt of happy.


This is perhaps my favorite category of them all, and no, I am not making this up.  Doctors have stated, time and time again, that a small serving of chocolate can actually aid in curbing stress!  Dark chocolate is the most ideal form, containing the most antioxidants and purest cacao percentage.  I definitely reach for my Dove chocolates when I have a stressful day…and it hasn’t failed me yet 😉


For feelings of anxiety, which I think most of us can relate to once college rolls around, the key to relaxation is actually Omega 3 Fatty Acids.  Fish is typically the best way to go, including salmon, halibut, tuna, and for the adventurous individual, sardines.  If you are a sushi lover, this may be your excuse to treat yourself!


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