The Healthy Mind Diet

Posted by Tintin Sealey

A healthy diet isn’t just important for physical health, it’s crucial for maintaining a healthy mind. It’s been proven that food truly can be one of the best medicines when it comes to your mental health. This however is more than just a drop in your mood when you’re feeling a little ‘hangry’, it’s far deeper than that.    Studies have found that women who have a diet more abundant in fruits, vegetables and wholegrains are 30-50% less likely to develop depressive symptoms, as compared to women who have diets high in refined carbohydrates, added sugars, and other processed foods.    At a surface level, food can be the perfect cure. It encourages a healthier nights sleep, gives you more energy, improves concentration, and makes you less likely to crave foods with high sugar, fat, and salt content.  pexels-photo-2570495   When we’re stressed, for a lot of us, it’s our natural response to turn to unhealthy foods for instant satisfaction and gratification. Learning to turn to healthy foods can create a domino effect and encourage the choice of healthier coping mechanisms such as exercise and other mindfulness activities.    The foods that promote a healthy mind and good mental health you may ask? The healthy mind diet ideally includes things such as: colourful fruits and vegetables, high fibre foods (wholegrain cereals, bread, beans, chickpeas, lentils and nuts), fermented foods such as unsweetened yogurt, and foods filled with healthy fats (avocado, olive oil).    Moving yourself towards a healthy mind is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. Begin by making small changes that you know you can stick to. Begin with swapping your sugary afternoon snack for a healthy one, like a handful of nuts, or a piece of fresh fruit. You don’t have to be perfect, and don’t be hard on yourself if you ‘slip up’. Your mind and your body are going to be so grateful.