So happy to have LaToya from eHealthInformer stop by the blog today as my guest contributer. Her insight in using nutrition to change your mindset (for the better) and improve your health is inspiring!
While healthy living is becoming more popular these days, it seems that nutrition is still underrated and overlooked in the general health community. How can what you consume not be important and related to your overall level of wellness? It seems crazy how it’s cast aside in many well-respected health environments.
The truth is that what you eat and drink does affect far more than just your physical health.Click To Tweet
Food has a dramatic impact on your mental wellness and mindset towards life. Because of this fact, you must learn to become more mindful of what you eat, drink and purchase while food shopping.
How Nutrition Can Boost Your Mindset And Your Mood
Food affects your mood as well as your physicality. Think of how certain music makes you feel or when you come into contact with people you associate specific emotions with them. Food can act in the same way; however, your emotional response will depend on the food that you’re consuming.
Substances such as alcohol and caffeine have an impact on your mood by changing the chemical reactions taking place within your system. You can physically see people perk up when they’ve had an espresso or become disorientated and sluggish after a few too many alcoholic drinks. Good food that combines nutrition and nourishment helps us to perk up without side effects that damage our health.
For example, green tea is great for drinks and meals; it helps to awaken the senses due to the antioxidants and natural, nutritious value it provides. Even making the simple switch from drinking coffee to green tea will help you develop a more positive mindset. Be sure to check green tea labels for caffeine levels, and for best results source decaffeinated green tea or try to get it pure in loose-leaf form.
Lifestyle Food Choices
If you know that certain foods will provide you with the results you wish to see due to a lifestyle choice, it only makes sense to source them [know what’s in them and where they came from]. However, be sure that you go for the most nutritious and healthy option possible. For example, a lot of bodybuilders invest in protein powders and diet plans that will provide them with the most weight gain without looking into the side effects of what they’re consuming. Try to avoid anything inundated with chemicals and artificial preservatives, go for natural options instead.
Do you enjoy yoga? Did you know that there are certain foods that help the body to become more flexible? Eating fruit, sesame seeds, golden milk, seaweed and vegetables will help your muscles develop the much-needed elasticity required to perform yoga poses with ease.
Besides knowing what to eat, it helps knowing when to eat. If your lifestyle choice involves working out, then it’s more effective to eat afterward. For example, if you performed a light cardio exercise for an hour, you should eat natural and healthy carbohydrates afterward as your system will be more susceptible to their nutritional value at that point.
Learning About Food Options
If you want specialized diet plans for lifestyle choices or a more nutritious regime in your life but you don’t want to pay boatloads for it, you’re in luck. Things are different these days, as most everything you need to know about anything is freely available online, and the food industry is booming on the internet.
For example, if you want to source some natural, healthy diet plans to help you develop a healthier mindset, YouTube has many options to choose from. There are YouTube channels with hundreds of videos dedicated to healthy living and nutrition such as:
- Fully Raw
- The Sweetest Vegan
- Lean Body Lifestyle
- Fit Men Cook
There are many more channels to search through as well. Search for a YouTube channel related to your nutrition goals and you’ll find options that meet your desires. However, be sure that you secure your safety while browsing these channels in public, as without protection you’ll be vulnerable to hackers.
The last piece of advice today is by no means the least important. It’s vital that you take your time while shopping at grocery stores, paying attention to labels and ingredient lists to get used to what you should and shouldn’t purchase. Over time, this practice becomes second nature. You’ll learn which brands to invest in and which to avoid.
Without knowing what’s in the food you buy, you leave yourself open to chemicals and preservatives that could be harmful. It’s easy to rush this step, as it’s common to be in a hurry when buying groceries, but try your best to make time for this activity. That way you can pay close attention to what you bring home to eat.
Remember that after the first step in your health journey, your mind will make each subsequent step easier.
Do you stick to a diet filled with nutrition to boost your mindset? If so, how does it affect your mood? Let us know your answers in the comments section below. We’d love to hear from you.
Author bio: Latoya is a health and fitness enthusiast who enjoys spreading her passion via blogging online. She also likes teaching others the importance of natural diets, showcasing the fact that they have a profound impact on our daily lives.
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