Healthy eating is one of those things that we don’t just start doing and then instantly fall in love with. It takes a bit of time to reprogram ourselves to enjoy it.
For this reason, it is easy to fall off the wagon in the early days, and slip back into old habits such as eating comfort food.
But as we know, eating comfort food is a ‘quick fix’ for our mood. In the moment, it’s enjoyable. But it’s not long before we feel bloated and lethargic.
If we can stay in the long game and the keep the healthy eating up for a little while (avg. 21 day min. – see my blog post on this here), then once you start to form the new habit it becomes much easier to sustain. Over time your taste will even change to prefer the healthier food!
Of course, we all know that eating well is better for your overall health and your body weight – but do you know how it also affects your mood?
What we put inside of our bellies is directly related to our emotional health. Our gut contains bacteria, and we need those bacteria to have a healthy balance, or we will not be balanced, and that includes our mood.
Your gut and your brain work together; so, if one is out of balance the other will be also. Have you ever had an upset stomach because your mind was stressed? Well, think about it, if it works one way it works both ways. There have been many scientific studies that have linked mood problems to gut problems and vice versa.
Our gut has been proven to be our bodies literal “second brain”. For years, the medical world has been trying to figure out what causes our moods to change and what causes common problems that most of us face like stress, anxiety, and even depression. These are common problems, and we know they are linked to serotonin, but did you know that 95% of serotonin isn’t even produced in the brain? Serotonin is actually produced in the gut.
Food does matter to every aspect of your being. If you want to feel good then eat well, even on those days when you feel like you have the weight of the world on your shoulders.
Personally, I find that eating makes a huge difference to my anxiety. So, when I am stressed or feeling overwhelmed I always opt for other ways to decrease it besides junk food. That can be deep breathing, EFT or calling a friend for a chat.
I firmly believe in the old saying, “You are what you eat.” Or in other words, if you eat crappy you feel crappy! Consuming rich, living, nutrient-dense food gives you a much happier body and mind, and leaves you feeling radiant inside and out.
So here’s a little challenge for you:
Try reducing your junk food intake and keeping a note in your diary of how you feel after each meal. You will soon see a pattern emerge.
If you need a little help with motivation then reach out to me for a consultation.