Eating For Mental Health

During stressful periods, it can be tempting to skip a meal, eat junk food for convenience and generally ignore our basic needs. When in the midst of a crisis or just being exhausted, taking the time out to plan or prepare a healthy meal may seem like a waste of precious moments. There doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day and something has got to give, but are we choosing wisely?

At the very time we most need to take good care of ourselves and nourish our bodies with wholesome foods, we are likely to do the opposite. If we decide that our physical need for nutrition is unimportant or that we are too busy, we sabotage our own best interests. Strengthen yourself physically, emotionally and spiritually by:

  • Making an extra effort to get and eat nutritious foods. Give your body all of the vitamins, minerals and nutrients that it needs.
  • Eating whole foods like fruits, vegetables, lean meats and whole grains is putting yourself and your needs first. Food is the fuel that supports you. It’s energy, pure and simple.
  • Follow a shopping list. Purchase only the foods that are consistent with your mission to thrive.

Food is the perfect mind-body tool, and what you choose to put into your body determines what you become in your life.