Food & Mood

I was thinking could the foods you eat reflect your mood
 
The answer is yes food is very important to your mental health and how often you eat is just as important.
 
The importance of eating regularly is important as if blood sugar drops you might feel tired, irritable and depressed. Eating regularly and choosing foods that release energy slowly will help to keep your sugar levels steady. Some examples of foods that releases energy slowly are pasta, rice, oats, wholegrain bread and cereals, nuts and seeds.
The most important meal of the day is breakfast and this will get the day off to a good start.
 
Why not try instead of eating a large lunch and dinner, try eating smaller portions spaced out more regularly throughout the day this will help your energy levels throughout the day.
 
Try and avoid foods such as sweets, biscuits, sugary drinks, and alcohol as these can make your blood sugar rise and fall rapidly which will in turn effect your mood and energy levels.
Eating vegetables and fruit contain a lot of the minerals, vitamins and fibre we need to keep us physically and mentally healthy.
Need to ensure that you eating a variety of different coloured fruits and vegetables every day means you’ll get a good range of nutrients
Fresh, frozen, tinned, dried and juiced (one glass) fruits and vegetables all count towards your 5 a day.
 
The general rule is one portion is about a handful, small bowl or a small glass.
Protein contains amino acids, which make up the chemicals your brain needs to regulate your thoughts and feelings. It helps keep you feeling fuller for longer.
Lean meat, fish, eggs, cheese, legumes (peas, beans and lentils), soya products, nuts and seeds are very good sources of protein.
 
The brain needs fatty acids such as omega-3 and -6 to keep it working well. So rather than avoiding all fats, it’s important to eat the right ones.
Healthy fats are found in: oily fish, poultry, nuts (especially walnuts and almonds), olive and sunflower oils, seeds (such as sunflower and pumpkin), avocados, milk, yoghurt, cheese and eggs.
 
Your gut can reflect how you are feeling emotionally. If you’re stressed or anxious this can make your gut slow down or speed up. For healthy digestion you need to have plenty of fibre, fluid and exercise regularly.
Healthy gut foods include: fruits, vegetables and wholegrains, beans, pulses, live yoghurt and other probiotics.
 
Hydration
 
When you don’t drink enough fluid, you may find it difficult to concentrate or think clearly. There is the change that you might start to feel constipated which puts no one in a good mood.
The recommendation is that you drink between 6-8 glasses of fluid a day.
Water is a cheap and healthy option.
Tea, coffee, juices and smoothies all count towards your intake but be aware that these may also contain caffeine or sugar which can impend your mood.
Caffeine is a stimulant, which means it will give you a quick burst of energy, but then may make you feel anxious and depressed, disturb your sleep (especially if you have it before bed), or give you withdrawal symptoms if you stop suddenly.