5 surprisingly helpful tips to boost your mental health

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Food makes you happy, enhances your mood, you are well aware that just the smell of baking bread can lift your thoughts.  You are probably aware if you ate the entire loaf of bread you’d feel pretty bad afterward as well.  Food holds the power to affect your mood either in a good way or bad. Nutritious food will also positively affect your mental health. Balance your mood with easy and surprisingly helpful top tips on how to boost your mental health.

1. Hangry?

Hangry is a common term for feeling both hungry and angry at the same time. In terms of your nutrition, it means that your body is craving its next sugar boost.  You have been on the glucose train and your body is used to metabolising glucose for energy.  And when your glucose levels drop too low because insulin has been released your body signals for more glucose.  Glucose is the compound that your body uses for energy and comes quickly from fast releasing carbs like pasta, bread, biscuits.  You know the drill.   Your blood sugar levels have dropped causing you to feel irritable and ready to kill. It can directly affect your mood.

Eating slow-releasing carbs is the standard guidelines, but if you really want to sustain your energy and your mood then eating more protein and fats is the answer.

Read more: What are beige carbs and why are they making you fat

Lockdown has meant irregular schedules, extra snacking opportunities, and changes to working routines resulting in disruption now is the time to restore balance in your nutrition.

 

2. The mood boosters

Omega-3 fatty acids are gradually emerging as a promising remedy for depression and mood-related disorders. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for a well-functioning nervous system. These fatty acids are readily found in food sources like fatty fishes like salmon, tuna, and mackerel, as well as walnuts, flaxseeds, and pumpkin seeds.

3. Happy hormones

Serotonin is a happy neurotransmitter that is secreted in your brain and creates that wonderful feeling of happiness, satisfaction and optimism.

Eating foods that boost serotonin levels is a great way to boost your mood Make sure to include happy foods like – yoghurt, almond, banana, and eggs.

4. Iron Deficiency

Iron deficiency can lead to a host of problems in the body including anaemia, mood disorders, irritability, and depression. It can also decrease your cognitive abilities and reduce concentration levels.

Optimum iron levels will make you feel energetic, focused, and keep you in a good mood. Some great iron-rich foods include dates, nuts, seeds, spinach, and lentils.  A great snack is nut butter with dates – yummy

5. Happy gut

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that lifts your mood and 90% of serotonin is secreted in your gut.  Consuming food that helps to promote your gut-friendly bacteria will increase your happiness. Keeping your gut in good health is essential.

Disruption in gut serotonin will make you unhappy and affect your mood.  Keeping your gut healthy will mean you will avoid constipation, bloating, acidity and diarrhoea.  Your daily mood food should contain both pre and probiotic foods.  Probiotics foods include like kefir and kombucha.  Have you tried either of these?  How about sauerkraut?

Also read: how to improve your gut health

 

Transformational change 

Creating a long-lasting ‘relationship with yourself’ that is loving means change that adapts to you, create confidence and the results lead to long term transformation change.

I’d love to chat about your transformation change, using nutrition, mindful exercise and personal coaching I would love to offer you space and time to find out what you want to see happen in your life let’s chat, book a time that suits and lets work together how to bring your teenager onside and become the best version of you, it is your time

 

Get Gorgeous is a journey together – yours and mine.

 

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Find out what other clients have to say…

What a fantastic holiday on the Pilates Retreat in Malaga in May. I thought that I would take a week to come back down to earth before posting a review to reflect on the week and what a positive and beneficial impact it has had on my own health and well being plus the absolutely marvellous, inspirational and supportive Adele and Katie that led and organised the retreat.

The other companions who attended the retreat were so interesting with everyone being there for their own reason. That is why the retreat was brilliant as there was freedom and flexibility in what you wanted to do as we all needed to get different outcomes from the retreat. Putting 13 relative strangers together was expertly managed by Adele and it was a totally 100% positive vibe amongst the group. There were so many laughs around the pool, dining room table and whilst doing pilates as some of the proposed positions to get into where largely only achieved by Adele but my goodness did we have fun trying!

The food was superb, fresh fish, fresh vegetables and fruit expertly prepared by Katie 3 times a day with fresh eggs from the chickens who lived at the side of the house. Katie was such an adorable positive complement to Adele – you would think they were sisters as they both sparked off each other which made the whole holiday so brilliant. Nothing was too much trouble – you don’t get that even at a 5 star hotel but they both did with enormous smiles on their faces.

The accommodation was out of this world – loads of space and privacy and in a lovely quiet location – Adele could not have picked a better place. There were board games, videos available but to be honest, we were normally fast asleep in bed by 10pm. I can thoroughly recommend going on a retreat with Adele – she really does make you laugh and keep you thoroughly entertained and has an infectious mojo that you cannot but help adore her. I personally took away the fact that it is okay to have some ” downtime and me time” and that we shouldn’t guilty in doing so and actually having a bit of down time gives you tons more energy.

Join my next Pilates retreat day 

Join us for some Spanish warmth, Pilates exercises and time to relax, unwind and consider your next steps for you.  A healthy and relaxing week combining powerful tools to help you relax, release stress. How often do you have the chance to step back from your day and … breathe?

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Susannah Jordan NHS manager Gorgeous Pilates Retreat 4th June 2019

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