Is there a direct correlation between food and mood ? Experts say yes! What you have for dinner can affect whether you have depression or not.
Medical experts point to research on a plant based, seafood rich olive oil drizzled way of eating called ( what else? ) the Mediterranean diet. Apparently, the only food plan that comes back with positive parameters study after study in all areas - mental health, cardiovascular health, obesity - is the Mediterranean diet.
In a Spanish study of 10,000 healthy individuals revealed that this who followed this diet closely were 30% less likely to become depressed over 4 years compared to those who ignored this diet. In America, a study of older people in Chicago who ate an Americanized version of the Mediterranean diet had a whopping 99% lower annual rate of mood disorder.
So how do you set your table for happiness now that you know about the pluses of the Mediterranean diet?
1) Commit to Cooking More
It is a shocking fact that only 22% of Singaporeans cook at home. Eating out usually means you don't know what goes onto your plate. Spending more time in the kitchen helps to control what goes into your mouth and helps to hone your skills in the culinary world as well. When you gain the confidence and the skills necessary to create simple nutritious meals using the Mediterranean diet as your guide, you experience a sense of achievement which again correlates to better moods.
2) Cut Back on Meat
One way to take away meat slowly is to cut back on portions.
Take only one serving of chicken or steak and use it to flavour a veg rich stir fry or pasta for the entire family.
Another way is to skip meat for a day. Meatless Monday is an initiative that helps people start the work week vegetarian.
Finally, presenting the meat with loads of vegetables, like cooked broccoli, greens or a salad makes a load of difference to what your family injests.
3) Supplement for Success
A standard dose of Vitamin D3,l ( 2000IU), fish oil ( 750mg) and St. John's wort ( 300-600mg a day) can be part of your journey to happiness.
It can be tough to listen the angel on your right shoulder and order a kale salad while the little devil on your left is demanding French fries! It's all worth it in the end - loads of energy, less irritability and overall happiness will boost you on.