Mindset, Nutrition, Recipes

December 29, 2023

Dopamine Boosting Foods

How you feel matters.

Your mood (a temporary state of mind or feeling) often determines the decisions you make.

The decisions you make affect your mood & well-being. 

You can see it’s a bit of a cause-and-effect repetitive cycle.

How you feel affects your level of motivation, energy & overall life satisfaction.

So how do you optimize how you feel, so you can be motivated, energetic & positive?

Focus on optimized






Unfortunately, you can’t FORCE feeling good, motivated and energetic.  

In my experience, it is best to optimize what is within your control and allow your mood to be positively affected.

chicken chili


This week let’s discuss nutrition.  

I find that it is often easiest to start with ONE SMALL CHANGE, such as what you eat for breakfast.

Let’s talk specifically about nutrition in terms of dopamine.


Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that’s responsible for transmitting signals between nerve cells in the brain. This chemical directly affects the reward and pleasure centers of the brain, which affects mood. 

While high dopamine levels can boost one’s mood, low dopamine levels can lead to depressive symptoms. Dopamine also plays an active role in drug abuse and addiction.  Let’s discuss natural ways to boost dopamine.


Eat a protein-packed brekky: eating a high-protein breakfast including eggs, greens & organic/grass-fed meats to reduce cravings while maintaining energy & increasing dopamine levels.

Dopamine Boosting Foods:

  1. Avocados
  2. Beets
  3. Chocolate
  4. Coffee
  5. Dark chocolate
  6. Eggs
  7. Fava beans
  8. Fruit and vegetables, particularly bananas
  9. Green leafy vegetables
  10. Green tea
  11. Kefir (a fermented dairy product)
  12. Lima beans
  13. Nuts and seeds like almonds, walnuts, and flax seeds
  14. Oatmeal
  15. Olive oil
  16. Omega-3 rich fish such as salmon and mackerel
  17. Oregano
  18. Raw sauerkraut
  19. Rosemary
  20. Sesame and pumpkin seeds
  21. Turmeric
  22. Unprocessed or lean meats like beef, chicken, and turkey
  23. Watermelon
  24. Yogurt

Supplement that boosts dopamine naturally…

DopaBoost™ is designed to support the body’s natural production of dopamine, one of the body’s primary catecholamines. Dopamine is essential for the normal functioning of the central nervous system, and it is associated with attention, learning, movement, balance, and mood regulation.* The primary ingredient in DopaBoost™ is Mucuna pruriens, a botanical that naturally contains L-Dopa, the metabolic precursor to dopamine, which can cross the blood-brain barrier. Additional ingredients include epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg), acetyl-L-tyrosine, quercetin, and vitamin B6, all selected for their synergistic roles in the production and regulation of dopamine.

You can purchase your professional-grade supplement HERE.

Next time, let’s talk serotonin enhancers…

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