Good Food = Mood Food
Recent evidence suggests that good diet is essential for our mental health and that a number of mental health conditions may be influenced by dietary factors.
“A balanced mood and feelings of wellbeing can be protected by ensuring that our diet provides adequate amounts of complex carbohydrates, essential fats, amino acids, vitamins and minerals and water.” (Mental Health Foundation 2017). In simplistic terms, if we eat better food we will feel better!
Here are a few tips for getting started:
Mindful Eating: Pay attention to your food. Eating mindfully helps you savour each bite and recognize when you’re full.
Balanced Diet: Aim for a balanced mix of carbohydrates, proteins, and healthy fats. Include plenty of fruits and vegetables.
Hydration: Drink an adequate amount of water throughout the day to stay properly hydrated.
Limit Processed Foods: Minimize processed foods high in added sugars, unhealthy fats, and artificial ingredients.
Portion Control: Be mindful of portion sizes. Use smaller plates to help control portion sizes.
Regular Meals: Eat regular meals and snacks to maintain steady energy levels and prevent overeating later in the day.
Variety: Include a wide variety of foods in your diet to ensure you get a range of nutrients.
Cook at Home: Cooking at home allows you to control the ingredients and make healthier choices.
Listen to Your Body: Pay attention to hunger and fullness cues. Don’t eat out of boredom or stress.
Plan Ahead: Prepare healthy snacks and meals in advance to avoid making impulsive, less nutritious choices.
Remember that eating better is not just about physical health; it can positively impact your emotional and cognitive well-being too. If you’d like more specific information or resources, feel free to ask.