Food And Mental Health

By the E2E Team

A vast subject; food has been a major talking point for centuries. We all follow a diet of some kind, whether it be for weight loss, increase muscle, promote fitness or just general healthy eating. Whatever we consume is our diet. But do you have a specific diet? Do you have a goal with the food you eat? Have considered your mental well being when eating? It is scary that some people don't. Experts around the world give their opinion on how to lose weight or increase sporting performance. But how many people understand how to eat for better mental health? Understanding what foods are good/bad can be confusing, when advice changes regularly.

Eating the right food can help

  • Improve your mood

  • Produce more energy

  • Help you think more clearly

  • Maintain healthy blood flow


Eat Regularly


A drop in blood sugar can leave you feeling tired and depleted of energy. Eating the right types of food regularly will help maintain steady blood sugar levels.

Drink water


Hydration is extremely important for your body to function. Remember we are 60-70% water. Dehydration can lead to dry mouth, headaches and can cause constipation.



Portions


Try not to over eat. How many times have your eyes been bigger than your belly? You slump on the sofa, undo your buttons and can’t move for hours! The body can’t handle an overload of food, the digestive system struggles to break down the food and its properties which leads to unhealthy digestion. This brings a wealth of issues.


Carbohydrates


The brain needs energy - 20% of the body’s energy goes to the brain. Energy comes from blood glucose, the glucose levels comes from carbohydrates we consume. Inconsistent levels of glucose can cause drastic changes in your mood. This change can trigger feelings such as anxiety. Carbs can be found in the list below.

  • Oats

  • Potato

  • Quinoa

  • Bananas

  • Brown rice

  • Beans


Proteins


The brain needs amino acids to regulate thoughts and feelings. Protein contain amino acids therefore it is important your diet has sufficient levels of protein for the brain to function correctly. Protein is also responsible for repairing the muscles. You do not need an excessive amount, however tired muscles, lead to a tired body, leading to a tired mind.


  • Lean meats

  • Fish

  • Eggs

  • Nuts/seeds

  • Beans


Fats


"Fats are bad, avoid at all costs" - is what you hear! This is definitely not the case. Essential fatty acids such as (omega 3 and 6) are vital in ensuring our brain functions well.

  • Fatty fish

  • Avocados