Surprisingly, summer isn’t always a stress-free season. Balancing a job, family vacations, and kids schedules doesn’t always spell fun in the sun and can take its toll. During these stressful times, we often turn to comfort foods for a fast fix that can negatively affect our waistlines, overall health and well being. A recent study by the American Psychological Association (APA) found that one in four Americans turn to comfort foods, such as ice cream, chocolate and other refined carbs in order to feel better. Mood and nutrition expert Rachel Agnew, R.D. discusses top tips to help boost moods naturally year-round, including: – Feel Good Foods: Learn which foods to choose to help naturally boost mood and energy levels including the ongoing debate of good and bad carbs. – Science-based Supplements: More and more studies are showing that key vitamins and supplements can help support mood. – Metabolism and Mood: WHEN you eat is just as important as WHAT you eat. – Downer Diets: While many people are trying to stay fit this time of year, the latest fad diets may actually doing harm to the body and make your bad mood even worse. More about Rachel Agnew, R.D.: Nutrition and media expert, Rachel Agnew, R.D., specializes in creating customized and practical health and fitness programs for a variety of audiences. Currently, Rachel educates people on proper nutrition, alternative therapies and general well-being. She has served as a clinical dietitian at a number of hospitals across the country where she conducted nutritional screenings and patient assessments. She is an active member of the American Dietetic Association.