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Food to Help You Feel Better

Food to Help You Feel Better  02/21/20


Food affects us physically and emotionally/psychologically. By taking charge of our eating habits we impact our overall well-being.

Some foods provide the nutrients our body needs, some don’t, and some may have a sabotaging effect on us. 

Vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, dairy, and whole grains provide the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients our bodies need for good health. 

The emphasis on choosing low fat and low sugar ties back to calorie intake and weight management.  It may also be associated with our moods and our emotional and psychological well-being.

  • Some experimental evidence associates high fat diets with an increase in depression and anxiety.
  • Beverages that contain both caffeine and high amounts of sugar can cause spikes in blood pressure, blood sugar and heart rate, yet about an hour after consuming them our blood sugar drops and we may feel more sluggish and irritable.
  • Higher fruit and vegetable intake has been related to lower psychological stress

Do yourself the favor of keeping healthy foods easily accessible.  Make them the easy choice by having them ready to grab and go from your refrigerator, freezer and pantry.

Keep carrots, apples, oranges, grapes, low-fat yogurt, and hard-cooked eggs on hand in your refrigerator.  Use your freezer to store frozen veggies, frozen fruits, lean meats, fish, and poultry. Have lean canned chicken and fish, and canned fruits and veggies available on your pantry shelves. 

Build habits that don’t add poundsCut calories by skipping foods high in solid fats and added sugar. Limit fatty meats like ribs, bacon, and hot dogs. Cakes, cookies, candies, and ice cream should be just occasional treats. Use smaller plates to adjust the amount of food you eat.

Remember that water is your friend.  Soda, fruit drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks, coffee shop designer drinks, other sugar drinks, and alcoholic beverages can add hundreds of extra calories to your diet, often without adding any nutrients. 

Source:  https://www.choosemyplate.gov/ten-tips-get-the-facts-to-look-and-feel-better

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