Mental Health Awareness – Time to Talk Day – 7 February 2019

Food for Good Mood

key dietary tips to keep you feeling on top

Eat regularly – avoid skipping meals and try to establish a pattern of eating to help avoid mood dips.

Avoid too much sugar – reduce sugary drinks, sweets, cakes, biscuits and chocolate and help keep blood sugar levels steady.

Eat plenty of fibre to slow down food absorption – try wholemeal bread and cereals or wholegrain rice and pasta. Peas beans and pulses are great sources too

Include plenty of lean protein foods including fish, milk, yoghurt, nuts, eggs and seeds for plenty of tryptophan.

Include ‘good’ omega 3 fats in your diet – found in oily fish, olive oil, avocados and flax seeds.

Make sure you get plenty of Vitamin B – eat at least 5 portions of fresh fruit and vegetables every day.

Keep hydrated with plenty of drinks – water, flavoured waters and herbal teas. Try to sip about 2 litres daily for better concentration

Help reduce anxiety and improve sleep by avoiding too much caffeine – switch to decaf varieties and avoid canned drinks that contain lots.

To avoid swings in mood, limit your alcohol intake – keep to the national limit – no more than 14 units per week.

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