Food and Mood

by | Feb 3, 2023

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The link between food and mood is becoming more and more obvious. People will often refer to the fact that they are irritable or moody simply because they are hungry. The term “hangry” is often used by people who are on a weight loss plan and implying they are angry due to hunger.

However casual the referral to food and mood, the point is that even clinical data are now joining the dots between nutritional deficiencies and unhealthy food patterns.

Researchers are taking a closer look at why diet may also influence mental health. Studies are exploring diets’ effects on gut microbiota (organisms in the internal tract), neuroplasticity (the brain’s ability to modify the structure, wiring, and function), oxidative stress (cellular damage), and chronic inflammation.

While there is much to learn about the effects of dietary patterns on mental health issues, evidence suggests that eating a healthy nutritious diet can have a protective effect. Many believe that good nutrition is as important to mental health as it is to physical health.

Here are a few tips on how to improve your mood with food:

  1. Eat at least 2 – 3 nutritious meals daily. I mean it, nutrients are key here!
  2. Cut out refined sugars and eat more, this is enemy number one.
  3. Include good protein with each meal such as meat, chicken, fish, eggs, and legumes. (chickpeas, lentils, and beans)
  4. Eat the rainbow, I often refer to this as vegetables and fruits.
  5. Include omega-3-rich foods, like oily fish, olive oil, avocados, raw nuts, and seeds in the diet on a daily basis.
  6. Manage and maintain a healthy weight.
  7. Drink plenty of fluid, especially water.
  8. Get regular exercise, at least 3 times per week.

Following a healthy eating plan can keep you energized and help you to feel your best. While good nutrition is an important component of your emotional well-being, it is not a substitute for proper medical care and treatment. If you have concerns about your mental health, talk to your healthcare provider.

This tool does not provide medical advice, it is intended for information purposed only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the Colleen The Coach website. If you suspect you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

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