Food is a powerful tool to support your mental and emotional health or slowly gnaw away at it. The day to day choices you make with your diet can sway your mood. Here are 3 Dietary Habits you can employ to shift your mood in a positive way.
- Fats! Your hormones and neurotransmitters require fats in order to function. Our standard American diet is a very low-fat diet (high in trans-fats, but low in healthy fats) and as a result our brain’s neurochemicals are starving. So, the solution? Eat more fat! Foods like olive oil, avocados, nuts and seeds, fish.
- Reduced sugars. Sugar is naturally a stimulant. In excess it can hardwire your nervous system to be strung out. It can worsen stress induced physical symptoms and can lead towards digestive problems. Reducing processed sugars and switching to more natural sweeteners is an easy step towards caring for your mental and emotional landscape. Try using honey in lieu of a synthetic sweetener in your morning coffee.
- Eat more fruits and veggies! Your body is a unique system and requires very particular vitamins and nutrients to function. Without these building blocks your body cannot function smoothly. This covers every facet of function from physical well being to mental to emotional. Eating more fruits and vegetables is the key to setting yourself up to win. Vitamin C, vitamin B, vitamin D, vitamin A, magnesium, iron, zinc… These are all crucial. The great thing is fruits and vegetables offer a variety of these nutrients!
If you would like to talk more about how nutrition can help your mental and emotional well-being, call 321-332-6984 and schedule a free 30-minute consultation! We would love to see you thrive.