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What Can I Eat to Boost My Mental Health?

Our parents always told us to eat our veggies so we could build strong bones. What they didn't tell us, though, is that good nutrition and eating our veggies not only helps us build strong bones but that it boosts our mental health, too.

Read on as our team at AFC Urgent Care Bronx Webster Ave. provides some helpful information about the mental benefits of a healthy, well-balanced diet.

What Should I Stop Eating?

Experts say that often-consumed processed foods have a negative effect on our physical and mental health. Too much consumption of processed food can lead to inflammation throughout the body and brain, contributing to mood disorders like anxiety, depression and stress.

According to the American Dietetic Association, people tend to either eat too much or too little when depressed or under stress. Eat too much and you have to deal with the negative effects of weight gain. Eat too little and you're exhausted so you're more likely to overeat.

Foods to Shy Away From

  • Sugary drinks and sodas
  • Lots of white bread
  • Fried foods
  • Most fruit juices
  • Fast foods

What Should I Do to Break My Old Eating Habits?

First off, mindful eating is the first step in making sure you’re getting well-balanced meals and snacks. This practice basically means that you're paying attention to what you eat and how you feel after you eat it. Mindful eating helps you take control of your cravings and leaves your body and mind feeling stronger.

If you find that you normally overeat when stressed, it might be helpful to stop your default reaction and to write down your feelings. By doing this, you might discover what’s really bothering you. If you under-eat, it may help to schedule five or six smaller meals instead of three large ones.

Healthy Snacks to Help Your Body Feel Better

  • Mixed berries
  • Avocado toast
  • Guacamole
  • Corn chips and salsa
  • Whole-grain cereal

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