Dr. Andrew Weil’s 4-week Plan to Happiness
1. Cut Your Caffeine Intake
Caffeine is a strong stimulant that can affect mood and energy cycles and therefore aggravate depression. If you drink coffee or other forms of caffeine, try going cold turkey for two full days to see if you have a withdrawal reaction such as fatigue or a throbbing headache. If you notice that you are indeed dependent, you need to cut it out altogether. Try swapping coffee for oolong tea, which has less caffeine, and diet soda for sparkling water with lemon. To learn more about the effects of caffeine, click here.
2. Cut Out Artificial Foods
Foods that are refined, processed and manufactured promote inflammation within the body, which can lead to chronic disease and also impair mood. Avoid packaged foods, especially all the snack stuff such as chips and cookies. Today’s supermarket shelves are stocked with tons of healthy and unhealthy foods. To make the right choices when walking the aisles, steer clear of the foods that can have disastrous long-term health consequences for your household. Click here for the 5 foods Dr. Oz never wants to see in your shopping cart.