you are what you eat

You Are What You Eat: Try These Foods for Great Mental Health

The Mental Health Association reports that the foods you eat play a dramatic affect on your mental health. No matter how old you are, it is important that you’re mentally focused and prepared.

As life beats you down, it is sometimes hard to maintain that positive attitude and focus. The foods that you eat can contribute to a decline in your mental health as well. In fact, a good percentage of those suffering with mental health conditions aren’t eating the proper diets. If you want to improve your menu and your mental health, add the following tips to your agenda.

Live a Water Life
Water is the number one drink that you can consume. It is important to replenish the water that your body loses each day when sweating, urinating, etc. and there is no better way to do that than by drinking plenty of H2O. Without water, your body becomes dehydrated and you quickly lose many of your normal skills, including mental sharpness. As a bonus, drinking water may help you shed a few pounds, since it causes you to feel fuller.

A Good Day Starts This Way
Start the day off the right way and ensure that you eat a healthy breakfast. Oatmeal, eggs, milk, and fruit are excellent morning meal choices. Breakfast fuels you for the day, ensuring that you are focused and sharp even in the morning dew. You certainly don’t want fatal mistakes made simply because you weren’t mentally alert. Plus, you’ll eat less food throughout the day when you start the day with a hearty breakfast.

Gobble up the Antioxidants
Eat foods that are high in antioxidants. Many delicious choices can fill the need for antioxidants and a delicious meal. Foods rich in antioxidants improve focus and memory, and enhance your problem-solving skills so you are always making the best decisions whether at work, at home, or other areas of your life. Blueberries, artichoke, dark chocolate, pecans, and cilantro are among the best antioxidant-rich foods you can consume. Green tea is also rich in antioxidants if you prefer to drink your way to good health.

From Sea to Kitchen: Enjoy Fish
Fish is one of the best brain foods you can consume and it tastes great so there is plenty of reason to eat it often. It is loaded in antioxidant-rich Omega-3 fatty acids that keep you alert and sharp while warding off mental health conditions like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Add fish to the menu two or three times per week. Fish is easy to prepare and with dozens of preparation methods, offers a delicious flavor that appeases all tastes.

Final Thoughts
Along with the tips above, replace vegetable oil used for cooking with olive oil and bake foods rather than fry them. It is also beneficial to take cooking lessons if you aren’t an expert in the kitchen. These affordably priced lessons are available for anyone who wants to improve their current skills and learn new ways to prepare healthy, food-for-you foods that the whole family will love.



Malika is the author of several books including Culinary Atlanta: Guide to the Best Restaurants, Markets, Breweries and More! and the founder of Roamilicious. She is also a Digital Marketing and Social Media Consultant. Follow us @Roamilicious on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest for the content not shared on the blog. And don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter (subscribe box below) and never miss a contest, giveaway or the latest must visit restaurant!