Just back from a lovely holiday in Northumberland where, amongst other things, I ate more than necessary and more ‘unhealthily’ than usual. It’s made me feel fatter and slower than normal, and now I want to get back to normal. Â So, bring on the healthy eating. Â But what is healthy food really? There is so much info out there that I am not sure what to believe.
Diet and nutrition seem to be important to mental health. There is lots of clear info on the Mental Health Foundation’s (MHF) website here, and a Healthy eating and depression booklet you can download.
The basic advice is this:
- eat regularly throughout the day
- choose less refined high sugar foodsÂ and drinks and more wholegrain cereals,Â pulses, fruit and vegetables
- include protein at each meal
- eat a wide variety of foods
- include oily fish (omega 3 fatty acids)Â in your diet
- maintain a healthy weight
- maintain adequate fluid intake
- if you drink alcohol keep withinÂ recommended limits
- exercise regularly
I am going to add these into the things I monitor daily, to see how they affect my mood. Â MHF also do a down-loadable Food and mood diaryÂ that looks useful, even if only for the summary of what different nutrients do what, and where they are found.