We often relate our physique to the food we eat, but what about the trajectory of your day? Could the food we eat make a difference between a good or bad day?
Here at Pantry, we believe it’s vital to eat well and fuel our bodies properly, even (some would argue especially) if you’re consuming cannabis. We believe nutrient-dense food with high-quality, powerful ingredients is the recipe for a good day.
If you aren’t eating right, you don’t feel your best and when you don’t feel your best: you simply aren’t your best. This means you won’t be as focused at work, you’ll be irritable with your children and family, drawn to overeating to cope emotionally, your workouts won’t be as effective, and you’ll be coping with your stress in other unhealthy ways, ultimately reducing your quality of life.
But it's not only food. Having a good day starts with the right mindset. Think about the first thing you do when you wake up. Do you scroll social media? Read the news? You should make time to keep up with what's happening, but sometimes, it can be too much for our brains to make sense of. Especially first thing in the morning!
We believe there’s many factors to starting off a good day, but they all start with you. To have a good day, you need to feel good.
This wellness philosophy is what brought us to launch The Pantry Food Co Good Day Bite. It features powerful ingredients like Lion's mane (and cannabis, of course) to set your day up for success. Here's what the Good Day Bites do for you:
Boost Brain Health with Lion's Mane
Hericium erinaceus, aka lion’s mane, is a type of mushroom thought to promote brain health and potentially protect against dementia, reduce depression, boost your mood, and maybe even repair nerve damage.
We love all of these things, but we threw lion’s mane in our Good Day Bites to boost the mood. We also threw it in to energize you, but more on that later.
One study examined 30 women over four weeks to explore lion’s mane’s effect on our mood. The subjects were randomly assigned to the lion’s mane or placebo group to see if lion’s mane improved their depression and anxiety. “Our results show that HE intake (Lion’s mane) has the possibility to reduce depression and anxiety,” reads the study.
Women are more commonly diagnosed with depression than men, so this female-focused study is important. However, men aren’t exempt - depression increased by 75% in disability-adjusted life years (this is a measurement to calculate how certain conditions diminish human life through death or disability) from 1990 to 2010 in Canada, despite sex, but the female to male ratio stayed the same.
Interestingly enough, words like “concentration”, “irritating”, and “anxious” were less prevalent among the non-placebo group. These symptoms alone are enough to feel deflated, unmotivated, and hopeless all the time.
To have a good day, you need to seize it. Nobody can seize the day with a foggy, unmotivated, irritable, tired, sick, and anxious brain - so we’re thrilled to have lion’s mane in our ingredients list for you!
Boost Immunity with a Golden Milk Spice Blend
Have you heard of golden milk tea? The all-natural community raves about it, especially to boost the immune system! Golden milk tea features turmeric as a main ingredient, which if you don’t know, is a plant in the ginger family boasting a bright orange color. Curcumin is one of turmeric’s active ingredients and that’s typically what everyone is after if they’re consuming the plant for therapeutic purposes.
Curcumin is thought to have powerful anti-inflammatory effects and majorly boost the immune system. It has immunomodulation effects, aka the ability to influence the immune system, according to various pieces of research.
Turmeric is the reason behind the name “golden tea”, because the plant’s bright orange color will change the color of your food, but it’s not the only ingredient! You’ll also find spices like black pepper, cardamom, and ginger - with turmeric and ginger typically being the most common.
Pantry’s Good Day Bite includes a golden milk spice blend to boost your immune system and reduce anti-inflammatory responses!
Ashwagandha for Anxiety and Stress Relief
Pantry’s Good Day Bite features an ingredient called ashwagandha. If you’re familiar with holistic remedies at all, you might have heard of it. It’s also known as Indian ginseng, winter cherry, or gooseberry.
Ashwagandha has been used in herbal medicine for centuries at this point, and for many different things. Today, it’s common to consume the plant for anxiety relief and stress. One study examined a group of 64 people, some taking ashwagandha and some taking a placebo. In the non-placebo group, there was a reported 69% decrease in anxiety levels and insomnia, too! Another 6-week study showed an 88% reduction in anxiety compared to 50% of those who took a placebo.
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental conditions in the United States, affecting 40 million American adults every single year and with COVID-19, that’s not changing any time soon. Anti-anxiety medication might come with unwanted side effects and while that may not be the whole reason for declining treatment, just 37% of Americans affected by anxiety are currently receiving treatment. Many people don’t want to become addicted to medication or experience side effects, they may not have access to quality treatment, or they simply don’t care about their health.
Anxiety is more than just feeling anxious though, because feeling anxious over a prolonged period of time will begin to physically damage your body. People with anxiety disorders might also experience:
- Cardiovascular trouble
- Digestive problems
- Increased blood pressure
- A poor immune response
- Other mental health conditions
Energy without the jitters
Energizing supplements can cause racing thoughts, pounding heart, and jittery feelings, all being commonly-experienced side effects - especially those loaded with caffeine!
Caffeine can also be physically addictive and many people experience withdrawal symptoms without it. This can discourage people from cutting back to avoid feeling miserable and create further problems. Lion’s mane is a gentle energizer with minimal side effects, if any, so we thought it was important to include.
Lion’s mane is packed with antioxidants. We hear a lot about antioxidants because they are so important to our overall health, but specifically, the health of our cells. Energy transport takes place in between your cells, so the more antioxidants you’re consuming the easier it is for those cells to produce the energy you need to function!
A balanced 1:1 Ratio of Cannabinoids
This might be self-explanatory, hello, we’re a cannabis company. But, cannabinoids are an essential part of having a good day and we can’t write an article about having a good day and not talk about the star of Pantry! Cannabinoids are compounds found in the cannabis plant, like CBD and THC.
The Good Day Bites have a 1:1 ratio of CBD to THC, so it’s just enough of both cannabinoids to give you a boost without one overshadowing the other. The two compounds work together in your body to boost your mood, reduce stress, support your immune system, and create a calm energy.
CBD will chill you out and THC uplifts you, so it’s the perfect balance and the perfect way to have a good day.
Pantry’s Good Day Bites are available now! We’re so excited to be part of your good day! Go here, scroll down, and join our email list to stay in the know about new products and great cannabis & health resources.