A health coach delivers recipes filled with mood-boosting ingredients in her newest book, Eat Your Feelings.

By Ananda Eidelstein
Updated January 19, 2018
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Many of us kick off the new year vowing to live better: “I’m going to take better care of my body.” “I will go to the gym more.” “I will eat healthier this year.”

Sound familiar?

But following through with those resolutions isn't easy—especially when, say, faced with a gooey chocolate brownie or hot cup of cocoa on a freezing cold day. That's where the new cookbook, <em>Eat</em> Your Feelings: The Food Mood Girl’s Guide To Transforming Your Emotional Eating, by health coach Lindsey Smith comes in.

Smith's work is filled with science-backed facts, but it's not stuffy. With a fun writing style and interesting insight, she helps readers understand why they may crave certain foods when experiencing different emotions, and then gives them practical solutions to help them eat (and feel) better during those times.

“When you’re sad, you tend to crave carbs or sugar (i.e. pizza and cupcakes), because your body is looking for that quick serotonin fix that those foods temporarily provide," says Smith. "Incorporating foods that are high in healthy fats, such as walnuts, can help boost your brain function by promoting new cell growth, which can help fight off those winter blues.”

To that end, the cookbook categorizes recipes by emotion. So, if you are feeling sad, stressed, tired, or bored, there is a dish for you, complete with comfort foods that use mood-boosting ingredients to help perk you up.

Eat Your Feelings also equips you with the kitchen tools, specific foods, and recipes to help you take on your craving in the kitchen. Best part? The recipes feel familiar and are easy to make.

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There is no shame in feeling our feelings. So let’s ride the waves with the appropriate foods that compliment all of it.