The beautiful thing about food is that it’s our choice in whether we eat quick fix junk foods or fresh, unprocessed / less processed foods. Gaining an awareness of what we are eating helps us to recognise the patterns that we might have with food, whether they are healthy or unhealthy patterns.
If you are keen to feel better physically, mentally and emotionally, consider eating more fruit, vegetables and other fresh unprocessed foods such as eggs, nuts and seeds.
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Let’s have a look at three categories of foods that can support a healthy brain; foods high in fibre, antioxidants and/or Omega 3 Fatty Acids.
Green leafy vegetables
Chances are you’ve heard that you need your leafy greens, and for a number of reasons!
Green leafy vegetables are high in fibre and folate
Don’t know where to start? Start with some kale, spinach, romaine lettuce, Swiss chard, broccoli, watercess, cabbage or bok choy.
A low fibre diet has been linked to depression. Stock up on your fibre needs with a bowl of baked beans and you’ll also top up on magnesium, which can help with your digestion.
Yes, bread actually makes the list this time! All in moderation, my friend.
FOODS HIGH IN ANTIOXIDANTS
Sunflower seeds contain tryptophan, which is an essential amino acid that helps produce serotonin. Put in your muesli or as a salad topper!
High in antioxidants and vitamin C, which can support your immunity.
Bananas are high in antioxidants and B vitamins, as well as fibre to help keep your bowels healthy!
Sweet potatoes contain antioxidant beta-carotene, which supports immunity, as well as being high in fibre.
OMEGA 3 FATTY ACIDS
Walnuts contain Omega 3 fatty acids, which can play a positive role in your mood as Omega 3’s help support healthy brain function. Now that’s a good reason to eat walnuts!