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Food and mood really go together. If you don’t eat well then you are not going to manage any situation.
It is not just about eating properly. It is important to have three regular meals a day to keep your blood sugar levels maintained. I know only too well the mistake of ignoring breakfast, as I hate cereal and I am not a fan of eggs, and my mood came crashing down. I found myself weak, tired and anxious.
The connection between eating and maintaining a healthy mental outlook is important particularly if you are trying to lose weight or are trying to shape up, as if you remove specific food groups you will not get the nutrients you need in order for you to maintain a positive mood.
For instance, decreased Zinc, Iron, vitamin B, vitamin D, magnesium and omega 3 fatty acids can lead to mood swings and irritability.
Although direct links between diet and mental well being are alimited, research has found diet can contribute to anxiety, as well as the management of them.
For instance, eating too many foods which include processed carbohydrates, such as white bread, can lead to blood sugars to rise and fall intermittently and be difficult to control, bringing on low energy and heightened anxiety. Too many fast foods can actually reduce how attentive you are. Drinking too many caffeinated beverages can increase anxiety as they inadvertently trigger the Flight or Response, which occurs when a perceived threat or attack to you. Therefore, the caffeine can make anxiety appear worse or trigger an anxiety attack.
I suffered with crippling anxiety attacks after I had a major significant and unexpected bereavement. To overcome this, I learned multiple strategies to cope with these anxieties, but one signficant approach which was life changing for me was maintaining a healthy diet and exploring foods and dishes that twould maintain healthy wellbeing. Some of my favourite recipes are in the Feed Your Soul recipes 2020.  I have featured my personally designed recipes from across the day, which include nourishing soups, healthy versions of our favourite takeaways, filling salads, great weekend breakfast ideas and brunch suggestions. Click below to start searching for your next meal. The meal suggestions may be helpful for those working on shifts.
Make sure you Feed Your Soul. Chris :)