Food for Your Mood

Spaghetti
Do you crave certain foods depending on your mood? Everyone is different, but maybe some of us share the following mind-gut connections!
What you eat when you’re…
Happy
Pretty much anything. After all, you’re happy and feel like nothing can go wrong – including dinner.
Excited
A snack, appetizer, or tapa. When you’re excited about something, you don’t care too much about eating. But who could turn down a few bites of fish dip or a tasty slider?
Sad
Now this one is different for everyone. Some people don’t want to eat when they’re sad. Others prefer comfort foods – maybe something you ate since you were little. How about homemade grilled cheese, or drowning your sorrows in a bowl of spaghetti?
Angry 
Something spicy. Buffalo wings, and some blue cheese to cool it (and you) down a bit.
Anxious
Similar to sad-mood food, this one can go either way. Most likely, if you’re super anxious about something, your hunger switch is turned to “off”.
Curious
Something exotic. A new type of ethnic food, or something you’ve never had like goat, alligator, or rabit. Or if you’re not into meat, then kale, quinoa, or seaweed.
Bored
The worst time to eat (for your waistline anyway)! When you’re bored you’d eat pretty much anything, and any amount.
Inspired
When you’re inspired, maybe you’ll cook up a new kitchen creation, snap a photo, and post your pride on facebook!

Eating and Earning

Restaurant deals are a great way to save money. Another dine-savvy tip is to sign up for rewards programs and earn points at participating restaurants. Over the weekend, we took a trip about three hours north to Cocoa Beach, FL. We searched for restaurants offering deals in the area and checked reviews. We decided on a sports bar for dinner called Sandbar Sports Grill. The restaurant is affiliated with a number of rewards programs, such as those offered by airlines and hotel chains. What a delicious decision. I had the gator tacos which were just amazing. I paid the check with my credit card linked to Free Spirit Dining and earned some valuable airline points! I definitely recommend signing up for dining rewards programs, especially if you eat out a lot. For foodies like us, it’s a no-brainer! Below is a photo of the entrance of this unique place. If we’re ever back that way, we’ll be visiting again!

Sandbar