We’re focusing on how food is connected with mental wellbeing. We want to hear from you about the wider idea of food that makes you feel good, whether it’s considered “healthy” or not.
However, this video from Mind gives a really helpful rundown of 8 evidence-based tips to improve your mood with diet. There are some interesting bit of advice that we can all apply to our everyday lives.
- Eat regularly throughout the day: try to have something at breakfast time
- Include plenty of fruit and vegetables. We all know this one, but it’s good to be reminded.
- Drink plenty of water: diluted juice or herbal tea are fine if you can’t face water.
- Get your good fats. Things like nuts, eggs, fish, olive oil and dairy products are good sources.
- Plenty of protein, from lean meat, fish, nuts and pulses.
- Listen to your gut. The more we learn about guts, the more it seems they are linked to our moods. Get plenty of fibre and try live yoghurt.
- Avoid too much caffeine. It might give you an energy boost in the short-term, but withdrawals can make you feel worse.
- Be aware of your medication. For example, if you’re taking MAOI antidepressants, you shouldn’t eat fermented food and if you’re on lithium, you should limit your salt intake. Talk to your doctor about this.