Individuals who have higher intakes of whole grains, legumes, nuts, fruits and vegetables did not report depression in one study.
Individuals consuming a Western diet were more likely to be obese and suffer depression while those at normal weight consumed more nutritious foods including fruit, vegetables, fish and whole grains.
Plant-based foods that are high in antioxidants are one of our body’s best defenses in improving our moods.
5 Easy Steps to More Feel Good Foods
1. Switch to whole grains. Choose whole-grain bread over white, brown rice over white, and whole-grain pasta over-refined.
2. Choose cherries over chocolate. Got a sweet tooth? Go for seasonal fruit. With so much to choose from, there’s no excuse.
3. Add beans and legumes to your salads, soups, and sides. They’re versatile and valuable!
4. Kick the can. Sugary soda isn’t doing anything for your body but causing weight gain and raising the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Thirsty? Sip on water.
5. Skip the fast food. Try simple recipes at home that include fish, lean meat, vegetables, and fruit. Food doesn’t need to be fancy to be healthy. See the soup recipe below for an example.
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