One of our main “motivation molecules” is a chemical our bodies naturally create called Dopamine. Dopamine is responsible for boosting our drive, our focus, and our productivity. It is also the basis or our reward system.
You can get dopamine by exercising and through meditation but did you know you can also get it through one of our favorite past times? yep, EATING! There are certain foods that have a high level of tyrosine in it, which is the amino acid that makes dopamine.
Below I will give you a list of foods high in this motivation making machine but first let me tell you WHY you want to create dopamine in your body.
Dopamine affects not only motivation but also the happiness feeling. It makes us feel that success feeling while giving us a competitive edge when it comes to work and our personal lives. It is also great for helping with stress management AND helps resist impulses so we can achieve those goals we so desperately want.
Without proper dopamine production we are left feeling unmotivated, unorganized, fatigued, and depressed.
Okay okay okay, calm down. I’ll give you the list now, you’ve waited long enough:
- all animal products
- fava beans
- green leafy vegetables
- green tea
- lima beans
- sea vegetables
- sesame and pumpkin seeds
- wheat germ
Homework for this week: be sure to pick up at least 3 items from this list to help you boost your own motivation making machine and help yourself to feel happy, productive, and successful.