It’s Mental Health Week, so today – I spoke with Global Calgary about the connection between your eating habits and mental health, with a day’s worth of meals to support you along the way.
Check out the video on food and mood below!
How and why you eat can matter more to your mental health than what you eat
It’s pretty normal to focus on what to eat for enhanced mental health. Though for many folks – especially those who have had eating disorders like binge eating disorder, anorexia, or orthorexia (an unhealthy obsession with healthy eating) – working on developing an intuitive and mindful relationship with food versus focussing too heavily on nutrition can be MOST helpful! Of course, food is more than just nutrients too – sharing foods you love with others in connection absolutely contributes to mental health!
Once you develop a healthy relationship with food, it can be helpful to focus on what you eat too.
Nutrients impact how you feel both physically and mentally. Here’s what a day’s worth of meals for mental health could look like:
Fortified whole grain cereal, milk, berries, and chia seeds contains:
- Complex carbohydrates, which activate the release of serotonin in the brain, leading to a “feel good” effect
- B-vitamins, like folate and thiamin, which are connected to better energy and mood
- Vitamin D (milk is fortified with it!) for a “sunnier” disposition
- Omega 3 fatty acids (Alpha Linolenic Acid – ALA) in the chia seeds which may improve mood and memory
Moroccan Quinoa and Chickpea Salad
- Adapted from Little Spice Jar by substituting cranberries for raisins and dates, and adding kale and walnuts!
- Contains whole grains, B-vitamins, iron, omega 3 fatty acids and so much more. Delicious.
Salmon with Warm Potato and Asparagus Salad
- Salmon is a powerhouse for easily absorbed omega 3 fatty acids. Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) work wonders for your brain health!
Don’t forget to connect with your body and food in community!
This OF COURSE is incredibly good for mental health. I’ve started a meet-up group for women who want to transform their relationships with their bodies and food, so that they can stop playing small and start stepping into their potential. Would you like to join us?