Beyond the Beauty: Last week, I shared with you how physical health affects our mental health. And while we can’t always help what happens to us healthwise, it’s important to focus on what we CAN control. Nutrition is one of those things.
I remember in therapy, my psychologist would always ask me how my diet was. And for good reason. What we eat has a huge impact on how we feel physically and mentally.
My diet is by no means perfect, but I’ve always been a pretty healthy eater. I usually eat about 90% clean whole foods… and 10% dark chocolate. You can see from this picture how much I adore my dark chocolate!
The more I learn, the more I adjust what I put in my body. I’ve cut out all artificial preservatives, flavors and colors. No dairy either because of a severe allergy.
In the last few years, I’ve looked into how specific nutrients can help ease the symptoms of depression, and make sure I include them in my diet: Omega 3 fatty acids (I take these awesome fish oil supplements that have NO fishy burps), B-group vitamins, and Vitamin D are all backed by science as being good for your brain health. BTW, a lot of people have a Vitamin D deficiency and don’t even realize it – I was one of them! Are you? You should find out for sure.
My partner, Mental Health America, has lots of information about these three nutrients, which specific foods are good sources of them, and more about diet and mental health. Check it out here.
Start with one small tweak in your diet, and go from there. The thing that’s empowering about nutrition is that you have full control over what you eat, so why not choose food that’s going to help you feel better? xxoo