Updated: Feb 17
Being stuck at home definitely comes with a change in eating habits at least for all those in my house. With lots of cookies, chips, drinks, pizza, burgers, fries, you all know the deal, I feel like eating every thirty minutes. To be honest it does feel good and COVID is not helping. As someone who does not eat any vegetables, I know the number of vitamins and supplements I have to take to be healthy. Avoiding junk food is not as easy as it sounds because it's everywhere but we all need some discipline to stay safe during this pandemic. Being home is good but not enough to keep you from getting sick.
Food has interesting effects on our mood and mental health as such, it is something we need to pay attention to. According to a study led by Maria Izquierdo-Pulido, PharmD, Ph.D., of the University of Barcelona's department of nutrition, food science, and gastronomy, children who eat fewer vegetables, fruit, fatty fish and other junk foods were more likely to have ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) symptoms. Your GI has a deep connection with the brain so whatever you eat can either affect you now or later. Consuming a lot of junk food, powers your "bad" gut bacteria which in turn affect the neuronal signal to the brain. I am not trying to stop us from eating junk food, but including these foods in your diet at home will save you a lot of health issues and money. It comes cheap now to care for your body but it may cost a fortune when you get sick.
This is the first on my list because beans are one of the top choices for a healthy brain. It keeps your blood sugar stable and contains thiamine, a vitamin that aids in the production of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter. Eating a lot of beans will keep you active because acetylcholine also plays a role in the contraction of smooth muscles like the heart and the dilation of blood vessels for easy flow and heat distribution.
This is personally an all-time favorite and I usually eat this an hour before bed. Oatmeal has essential compounds in them that cause relaxation and releases melatonin, a chemical that induces sleep. Which if I am not exaggerating is one of the most important factors to maintain good mental health.
It is quite unfortunate that some of us cannot eat greens but I do and highly recommend that we all try to consume them. They are like universal cures for everything as they have chemicals that directly or indirectly addresses every issue currently known to man. Normalize it at home, make smoothies and drink it. If you don't take in veggies like me, try supplements and vitamins. As the saying goes, there are many ways to kill a rat.
Yes, oily fish! This contains a fatty acid known as DHA which is an omega-3 fatty acid. It contributes to stable long and short term memory, reduces anxiety, and boosts feelings of good mental health.
This is another all-time favorite. Most days, I drink a cup of either strawberry, blue, or raspberry smoothie. You can mix them up, create a new and exciting flavor. This period does not have to be all about COVID. Make it about yourself too by creating some new mixups. Remember there is always room for error. Berries contain antioxidants that repair cells and reduce damages caused by free radicals. This is known to reduce stress and depression.
Remembers it's always you and us