Many of us think of nutrition from a purely physical perspective. But eating well doesn’t just affect the way you look, it also plays a huge role in regulating your mood and creating healthy brain functionality. Having a balanced, nutrient-rich diet helps increase your memory, boosts your energy and can even make you happier and less stressed. I think we can all cheers a celery stick to that!
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “you are what you eat”. Well, this doesn’t mean you’ll turn into a cow if you eat too much cheese. What this means is that you are the sum of the nutrients you eat, and each nutrient plays a different role in how our bodies function. Eating high-quality foods that contain an abundance of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants nourishes the brain and protects it from free radicals, which can cause cancer and other serious health issues.
Studies have shown that healthy diets such as the Mediterranean diet - which is high in lean proteins, healthy fats, fruits and vegetables – reduce the risk of depression by 25-30% in people that eat it versus those that eat a diet high in fats and sugar.
What we eat also plays a huge role on our energy levels. Mindsail expert and Holistic Health Coach, Daniela Kende, says the biggest myth to increase energy is to turn to energy drinks. These “energy sinks”, as she refers to them, are simply stimulants that spike your energy temporarily, but ultimately lead you to crash later on in the day. Instead, people should turn to fresh fruit, iron-rich foods such as spinach, and foods high in omega-3 such as fish and nuts, to increase their energy and keep their blood sugar levels steady throughout the day.
To start your day right, Kende recommends eating within the first hour of waking up in order to jumpstart your metabolism and get your brain functioning properly. She recommends people stick to the power trio: fiber, fat and protein. This will ensure your energy levels stay elevated throughout the day, and your mind is clear and energized to take on any challenges that come your way.