Healthy eating, the idea of understanding what is in your food, where your food came from and understanding why we need what we need is a deeper level of cooking I would love to dive into. One topic in particular I would love to learn more about is the correlation between our diets and our mental health. There are so many stigmas surrounding mental illness and it is important that we continue to educate ourselves on the topic to be able to gain different perspectives and adapt our society to be more receptive and understanding to the issues surrounding it.
I feel that currently and even more so in the future that nutrition will play an integral role in the culinary industry.
I read this great informative article on the Dietitians of Canada website about The Role of Nutrition in Mental Health Promotion and Prevention. Their website is also packed with great recipes, advice on grocery shopping and meal planning, and they even have many resources for you to be able to assess yourself and your nutrition. If you are looking for answers to any of your nutrition and wellness questions, the Dietitians of Canada website is very credible and informative. Before any of their articles, they list all of the authors, reviewers, and the entire advisory team involved in developing the article. Like any credible article, at the end they list all of their sources of information, the citations, and even more additional reading if you as a reader would like to dig deeper into the topic that they covered.
Because this is a topic that really interests me, as I was researching I came across an article titled: Yes, What You Eat Affects Your Mental Health: It’s time to acknowledge this and make changes. Right now.
…… Of course- I clicked on it.
As I was reading through the article I did notice that they mentioned many studies and research that had been done to prove points they were making within the article, but they never referenced the exact study in which these numbers were drawn from. Also, in this article, they mention how beneficial to pregnant women the popular Mediterranean Diet is. Essentially, this diet is comprised of eating:
- Vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, potatoes, whole grains, breads, herbs, spices, fish, seafood and extra virgin olive oil
- Poultry, eggs, cheese and yogurt in moderation
- Red meat rarely
And it states that we should avoid:
- sugar-sweetened beverages, added sugars, processed meat, refined grains, refined oils and other highly processed foods.
Although this seems like a fairly safe diet, I believe taking diet advice from an article with no credible resources and no reference to a registered dietitian- is to be avoided. Our nutrition and mental health is really important and if we want to create the best state of mind for ourselves by fueling our bodies with the best possible foods we can, we should take advice from educated and trained professionals in the field.
Take care of yourselves everybody-
“When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.” – Jean Shinoda Bolen
Davison KM, Ng E, Chandrasekera U, Seely C, Cairns J, Mailhot-Hall L, Sengmueller E, Jaques M, Palmer J, Grant-Moore J for Dietitians of Canada. The Role of Nutrition in Mental Health Promotion and Prevention (1). Toronto: Dietitians of Canada, 2012. Access at: www.dietitians.ca/mentalhealth
Gunnars, K. (2018). Mediterranean Diet 101: A Meal Plan and Beginner’s Guide. [Blog Post]. Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/mediterranean-diet-meal-plan
Steen, J. (2016).Yes, What You Eat Affects Your Mental Health. The Huffington Post. Retrieved from https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2016/10/30/yes-what-you-eat-affects-your-mental-health_a_21593454/