July 14, 2019
My healthy eating journey started because I wanted to lose weight. (This was way after my 800 calorie a day starvation diet when I was 12, btw.) And I’m not alone. For decades, people have chosen to eat more healthfully primarily for weight loss. This year, people's healthy eating is driven more by mental health concerns.
Depression is the #1 cause of disability among people 15-44 according to the WHO.
There are several tools for combatting depression, including: therapy, mediation, cognitive therapy, and vitamins B3 and B12. In addition, studies from around the world are recognizing that what we eat has a direct effect on our mood and general state of wellbeing.
What you eat does affect your mood.
Did you know people who eat 5+ veggies a day are less likely to be depressed?
I know depression well, as does almost 10% of our population. It's so uncomfortable for me, and my entire family suffers, too. "If mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy."
So, in addition to getting professional help to keep the depression at bay (a recommended strategy), I use a light box from October - May, exercise regularly, and I eat lots and lots (and lots) of veggies.
People who eat veggies and fruit every day are more likely to be “very happy.” They have higher rates of wellbeing, optimism and curiosity. (Sign me up!) And if you eat more veggies today, research shows that you’ll feel calmer, happier and more energetic the next day, too.
Going from 0 fruits and veggies a day to 8 or more boosted happiness to the same extent as did going from being unemployed to being employed, according to research.
Three cups of cooked veggies per day or 6 cups of raw veggies are linked to a lower incidence of depression and anxiety. And eating veggies and fruits in a variety of colors ensures you get a mixture of phytonutrients, in turn helping insulate you from depression. It gives new meaning to the phrase, “Eat the rainbow.”
Wow! A dinner salad as your only veggie for the day doesn’t quite cut it.
And gut health plays a huge role in staving off depression, too! 95% of your serotonin (a neurotransmitter that helps modulate mood) is produced in your gut. Your microbiome is activates certain pathways in the gut/brain connection that are proven to connect with mood. It also protects your gut lining to create a barrier against toxins and limit inflammation.
Studies show that when people consume probiotics, their anxiety, stress levels and mental outlook improve. Each pack of Farm&Oven bakery bites gives you 1 billion probiotics. Because combatting mood issues is so important to me, I made sure that our bakery bites are high in fiber (up to 32% of your daily needs) and have probiotics (1 billion per pack).
People who always eat breakfast have a lower incidence of depression compared to people who never or rarely eat breakfast. I’ve made our bakery bites perfect for the morning, particularly with coffee.
Maintaining good mental health is my #1 health issue. And I want to help you with yours, too.
Please stay healthy and happy. And I'd be honored if Farm&Oven bakery bites play a role in helping you be positive and curious.
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