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.

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“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:

      • Start with a healthy breakfast
      • Eat 6 small meals a day
      • Eat slowly and mindfully
      • Snack on some mixed nuts, plain yogurt or fruit
      • Find quick make-ahead recipes for work days
      • Try new freezer friendly recipes
      • Make mealtimes special occasions for the whole family
      • Listen to your body and stop eating when you feel full
      • Add extra vegetables to stir-fries, curries or casseroles
      • Pack fresh fruit for a quick snack on the run
      • Add an extra serve of salad to your sandwich
      • Eat carrot, celery sticks or florets of broccoli with a healthy dip
      • Choose wholemeal, wholegrain and seeded breads instead of white
      • Add fruit to breakfast cereal or oats
      • Try to eat fruit and vegetables with the skin on
      • Keep a jug of chilled water in the fridge
      • Add fresh lemon, orange, strawberries or mint leaves for flavour
      • Keep a bottle of water at your desk at work
      • Take a water bottle with you when you go out
      • Gradually cut down the amount of sugar in your coffee or tea
      • Use a thin layer of avocado or coconut oil as a spread
      • Have some fruit instead of biscuits, chocolate, cakes or lollies
      • Choose foods and drinks with no added sugar
      • Choose lean cuts of meat and poultry
      • Use olive oil or coconut oil for cooking