Eat to Beat the Blues
Many people reach out for food after a bad day, a bad break-up, bad news...bad anything. Too often people reach out for foods that end up making matters worse rather than better.
Too much sugar, salt or stodgy, fatty junk foods will make you feel tired, lethargic and depressed. These foods are sources of immediate gratification and energy. But, if the energy is not utilised by seriously physical exertion, the food will be stored by the body as fat. This process happens quite quickly and is cumulative...The more fat you accumulate the less energy you have, the heavier you become the more energy you need simply to move your body from here to there. It is a self-destructive process which only creates more problems.
We are what we eat! Instead of reaching out for foods that are habit (and detrimental), eat foods that are known to positively affect our moods. People who reach out for fruit, vegetables and other whole foods are less likely to report feeling depressed compared with those who choose to eat lots of desserts, fried foods, processed meats, refined grains and high-fat dairy products. Antioxidants in fruits and veggies as well as Omega 3's in fish are associated with lower risk of depression. Antioxidants boost the immune system and our well-being. Folate, a B vitamin found in dark green veggies, beans and citrus, affects neurotransmitters that impact mood ~ Depression is the most common symptom of a folic acid deficiency.
Whole, natural foods provide all the vitamins, minerals and trace elements we need to keep the cellular structure of our bodies healthy and our immune systems effective. These foods are light on calories and therefore are useful in helping to burn up the fat that self-indulgent eating has created. A healthy, balanced diet will lead to a balanced, happy and energized life.
Eat to beat the blues by making smart, positive, effective choices.