What you eat has a profound effect on your overall wellness. Healthy eating can make you feel good and lift your mood. Here are a few tips from Pauline Medina, dietician.
What you put on your plate can put a smile on your face! “Enjoying food is really important. It’s not only what you eat, but also spending mealtimes together, with family or friends. Food can also be associated with a pleasant smell, texture or taste from childhood. Happiness and food are really highly connected!” says Pauline Medina.
Food is obviously our first most basic human need, but eating is also one of the great sensual pleasures in life. Healthy eating impacts not only your physical health, but your mental health as well. What you put into your body is really important.
“You are what you eat”
You might be asking yourself if there are any types of food to make you feel happier. It has long been known that fresh fruits and vegetables – such as kiwi fruits – and unprocessed foods are the best for your daily diet. They’re an excellent source of essential vitamins and minerals. “Some foods are made of compounds that have an effect on our mood. You should eat foods that are rich in tryptophan, an amino acid that’s converted into serotonin (happiness hormone) in the brain, such as nuts and proteins. Foods that are rich in vitamins B and C also have an impact on your central nervous and hormonal system. Fatty acids such as omega 3, 6 and 9 are also important” explains the dietician.
And an unhealthy diet, high in trans-fat, sugar, processed and refined food increases risk of diseases. Consuming fresh products led to a higher level of happiness over time than sugar or junk food induces in the moment… Physical activity also stimulates the release of dopamine, known as the “happy hormone”.
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Many thanks to Pauline Medina, dietician.