How we fuel our body impacts our physical health as well as our mental health. The relationship between what we eat and our mental health can be complex, but there is definitely a link between what we eat and how we feel.
Importance of Diet
So, what is the key to eating well? You don’t have to make huge changes, even simply eating the right amount at designated times can hugely impact how we feel. A few things you can do to help you eat well are:
- Stay hydrated: dehydration can affect mood, energy, ability to concentrate, not to mention other physical health problems.
- Eat regularly: establish designated eating times that work for you. If you don’t like breakfast, set a mid-morning snack time, then eat lunch and dinner. Or change it up if you don’t like lunch – find what works for you.
- Watch your caffeine intake: caffeine can really mess with your body – it affects mood, sleep, blood pressure, and more. If you find that coffee makes you more anxious, try and limit how much your drink or change it out with a lower-caffeine option.
- Balance your nutrition: the right, healthy fats (like olive oil, eggs, avocado) helps your brain function. Eat more veggies and fruit, they contain many of the vitamins and minerals that we would otherwise miss. Protein every meal – gives you energy and helps your brain regulat your mood.
Sometimes when the word “diet” is mentioned, we think of watching our calorie intake or cutting out carbs – and while this may be necessary for some people, it can be as simple as eating regularly and well-balanced.
If you find yourself constantly waking up and eating a bunch of sugar and coffee – you will likely find yourself in a low-energy, bad mood before lunch. Take care of your body by taking care of your mental health and eat a balanced diet.