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Mental Health and Diet

Mental Health and Diet

Eating well is important. Part of a healthy balanced lifestyle where you are looking out for your physical and mental health incorporates your diet.

There is evidence to suggest that a number of mental health conditions may be influenced by dietary factors. Similar research indicates that nearly two thirds of those who do not report daily mental health problems eat fresh fruit every day, compared with less than half of those who do report daily mental health problems. This pattern is similar for fresh vegetables and salad.

At South Pacific Private we support mindful eating and also provide fresh healthy meals on a daily basis that are sugar and caffeine free. Our ethos is to support a healthy balanced lifestyle.

So what can you do to put nutrition at the top of your list without it becoming a chore or a source of anxiety or stress?

 

Here’s our quick list for your reference:

  • Mindful eating: Are you eating whilst you are watching TV? Are you chewing each mouthful? Are you rushing to finish your meal or sitting at your desk working whilst you eat? Eating mindfully means being aware of the flavours, textures and aromas of your food. It means slowly down and being mindful of what you are doing in that moment.
  • Managing your sugar intake: Are you eating sugary foods on the go as a quick fix as you didn’t have time to prepare your lunch? Are you eating sugary snacks just before bed? At South Pacific Private we are sugar-free and work hard to plan our meals for clients to support reduced sugar intake. Sugar is not good for physical or mental health and we’d encourage you to be mindful of intake. Highly processed foods have been linked to mental health.
  • Water: Are you drinking enough each day? Do you feel hydrated? Do you go to bed thirsty? Being hydrated is important as a low water consumption can lead to headaches, irritation, disorientation, dry skin and more.
  • Sleep: Sleep is incredibly important for our physical and mental health. Are you eating late at night or just before bed? Are you skipping your breakfast and just catching a coffee on the go?
  • When you eat: Eating late at night can impact your sleep patterns and skipping breakfast may mean that you aren’t setting yourself up for the day and giving your body what it needs.
  • Stress and pressure: Do you judge yourself for your eating patterns? Is it a cause of stress in your life? We suggest that you try to practice positive self-talk and don’t try to change everything at once. Perhaps try just one this on this list and over time add one more and so on.

If you need support around your mental health you can contact South Pacific Private 24/7 on 1800 063 332 or email info@southpacificprivate.com.au