Lets have a quick look at the relationship between what we eat and how we feel: Some positive lifestyle changes help improve mood, give us more energy and help us live as happily and stress-free as possible.
I find that when my blood sugar drops I feel tired, irritable and depressed, choosing foods that slowly release energy help keep these sugar levels steady. Try to include, pasta, rice, oats, wholegrain bread, cereals, nuts and seeds, always in smaller portions spaced regularly throughout the day instead of large meals. Avoiding sweets, biscuits, sugary drinks and alcohol prevents our blood sugar rise and fall too rapidly.
Keeping up our fluids ensures a sharp mind and clear thinking, lack of fluids soon make us sluggish and down! (try to avoid any that contain caffeine or sugar).
Stress or anxiety can make our gut slow down or speed up, quickly effecting emotions. Healthy digestion requires plenty of regular fibre, fluid and exercise. Include different coloured fruits and vegetables, whole-grains, beans, pulses and live yoghurt in your diet to ensure you get all the minerals, vitamins and fibre you need to stay physically and mentally healthy. Also relaxation techniques or breathing exercises can really help.
Finally, protein contains important amino acids, which make up the chemicals that our brain needs to regulate our thoughts and feelings, so keeping our protein intake up are important too. Our brains need fatty acids to keep them working well, don’t avoid all fats! include nuts, sunflower and olive oils, seeds, avocados, milk, yoghurt, cheese and eggs.
Nutrition is a key contributor to good mental health, but it’s just one piece of the puzzle. Dietary changes won’t be sufficient for everyone and are not a substitute for other treatments. If you’re struggling with symptoms of a mental health disorder, talk to a therapist or your GP.
Having an active life and eating a healthy diet can do a lot to improve mood and sense of wellbeing. Positive changes really work…