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Food vs your mood

11-02-2021 Category: General Posted by: emily.roberts

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Food is one of the many joys of life, but with diet related chronic diseases being a major cause of death and disease, Marathon Health dietitians are encouraging you to ‘eat smart’ for your long-term mental and physical health.

Smart eating means to eat a wide variety of healthy foods each day, to ensure you’re getting a well-rounded diet with adequate vitamins and minerals. A 2019 study found that people who eat fruit and vegetables are happier, less worried and have higher levels of overall life satisfaction, showing a clear link between diet quality and overall wellbeing.

Jenna Lawlor, Marathon Health Accredited Practicing Dietitian, says it is important to eat smart for your mental health and wellbeing.

“Food is the building blocks, tissue, and neurotransmitters that transfer information and signals between various parts of the brain and the body. Not only that, our brain is always on, which means it requires a constant supply of food.

What we eat directly affects the structure and function of our brain and in turn, our mood. So, we quite literally are what we eat,” Ms Lawlor said.

Ms Lawlor also said that smart eating includes knowing your portion size and ensuring you’re not over eating.

“Another important tip is to watch your portion size and not overeat. Portion sizes that are too large contribute to many things including indigestion and discomfort, and in general can overthrow your understanding of if you’re satiated or not.” Ms Lawlor said.

If specialist dietary support is needed, contact Marathon Health on 1300 402 585 to make an appointment with a dietitian today, or check in with a local GP.

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