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Do You Use Food to Boost Your Mood?

Did you know that nutrition can play a key role in the onset as well as severity and duration of depression or anxiety?

“Dietary changes can bring about changes in our brain structure (chemically and physiologically), which can lead to altered behaviour.” (1)

Deficiencies in a number of vitamins and minerals have been associated with depressive symptoms and a variety of physical problems.

IMAGINE:

You have started an exercise program to shed excess weight and get fit. You start to cut back on the sugar and fatty foods. Perhaps you miss meals sometimes or don’t eat enough.

You tell yourself this is good because you’ll lose more weight. However, you begin to feel so low that you are convinced it’s all too hard and head straight for a chocolate bar or overeat. Does this sound at all familiar?

CONSIDER THIS:

In this scenario, your body is nutritionally deficient and you also don’t eat regular meals throughout the day to maintain stable blood sugar levels. You are likely to have low levels of ‘happy hormones’ worsened by a blood sugar imbalance and fatigue.

You lack the right FUEL for a balanced mood and feelings of wellbeing.

END RESULT: YOU ARE MAKING IT HARDER TO SUCCEED.

Too often, clients who are concerned with weight loss only focus on the amount of calories in and out – rather than on the quality of food they are eating.

The Key Ingredients for Wellbeing: consume a diet that provides adequate amounts of complex carbohydrates, essential fats, amino acids, vitamins & minerals and water. (2)

A few rules to remember:

If you feel you need help – speak to your Personal Trainer for general advice and referral to a Dietician or Nutritionist for a specific meal plan.

If you choose to take supplements, ensure you receive advice from someone with adequate qualifications (eg: Naturopath, Nutritionist, Dietician or Doctor) as supplements are not an alternative to a healthy diet and can be damaging in excess or mixed with certain medications.

Lastly, it’s normal and fine if you don’t get it right at first – change takes time. Celebrate all of your wins and just keep in mind that you can use food to boost your mood.

(NOTE: we acknowledge that in some cases nutrition is used as part of a broader treatment plan). Nicole McKimmie Mobile Personal Training Specialist Belmont

If you need help developing a healthy mindset and body, contact us today to discuss your options info@fitness-revolution.com.au 0404 391 821