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Naheed Ansari

Culinary expert Naheed Ansari is one of the most well-known names in cooking and home décor. Food preparation, presentation and home décor is her specialty. She hosts “Weekend with Naheed Ansari” on ARY Zauq TV.

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We often grab certain foods to satisfy those urges which have nothing remotely whatsoever to do with hunger. These specific foods are those which work on our mood in a particular way – this is exactly why we crave them in times of depression or stress. However, there is a less obvious but equally effective and healthier alternative to these “mood foods.”


Mood Foods: Cakes and sweets give an instant sugar rush and lift your mood – however, their effect wears off fast, leaving you feel worse.

Healthy Alternative: Try fresh or dried fruits to give you a quick boost – and this boost won’t be followed by a slump.


Mood Foods: Chocolates and ice creams; however, sugar only exacerbates your anxiety.

Healthy Alternative: Try a glass of skimmed milk or low-fat yoghurt.


Mood Foods: Cakes or chocolates distract you from boredom with a sudden energy rush

Healthy Alternative: Try grilled chicken or tuna sandwich – high protein foods stimulate the brain and give long-lasting energy release.


Mood Foods: Sugary foods – however, they stroke your anger further

Healthy Alternative: Try complex carbohydrates such as bread, cereals or pasta.

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