Is Your Diet Making You Happy?

If you do your best to keep up with the latest research and findings around nutrition, you’re probably aware of the benefits certain diets and eating habits have. Reigning supreme, the Mediterranean diet has long been described as the ideal nutritional routine for optimised physical health, with countless benefits attributed to its high ratio of vegetables, fruits, herbs, nuts, legumes and whole grains. 

But as we know, our health is multifaceted, with our mental well-being often dictating how ‘healthy’ we feel overall. So, what nutritional choices should we be making for the sake of our mental health? According to Dr Megan Lee, a Senior Teaching Fellow at Bond University with a PhD in Nutritional Psychiatry, the answer to that question lies in the diets of the world’s happiest countries.

The connection between happiness and nutrition: As the age-old saying goes, ‘You are what you eat’. But while the idea that what we fuel our body with has a direct impact on our physical health, weight and energy levels has largely become common knowledge, the link between mental health and diet still remains a mystery to many. 

Excerpted from Body + Soul

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