Eating for Good Mental Health

Eating for good mental health is about a mind-body connection. A healthy diet and good nutrition are essential to your overall mental and physical wellness.

  • Vitamin D can be scarce during the winter months. Eggs and fish are a great way to replenish those depleted vitamin stores! #MYMTips

  • Avoid eating snacks out of boredom or frustration; try physical activity as an alternative instead. #MYMTips

  • Skipping meals actually lowers your metabolism, causing you to burn food more slowly & can lead to binge eating later #MYMTips

  • Eating meals with your family can give you a more positive outlook on life, higher self-esteem and helps you do better in school. #MYMTips

  • In addition to eating healthy, being physically active is an important part of a positive lifestyle. Aim for 60 minutes each day. #MYMTips

  • Thirst is often misinterpreted as hunger, so it's important to drink plenty of water during the day. #MYMTips

  • Dehydration can affect mental performance. Symptoms of dehydration include light-headedness,dizziness & headaches. #MYMTips

  • Learning to cook while you're young is a valuable skill! It can save time, money and lead to better food choices. #MYMTips

  • Too much caffeine can affect your mental and physical health, causing jitters, sleep loss, anxiety and stomach upset #MYMTips

  • Packing a lunch is a healthy and budget-friendly habit. Keep it interesting! Reinvent tonight’s leftovers into tomorrow’s lunch. #MYMTips

  • Grab a small snack if you’re hungry! Carbohydrates and protein rich foods are great sources of energy. #MYMTips

  • Add cucumber, lemon or mint to perk up your water! Staying hydrated helps you avoid feeling sleepy during the day. #MYMTips

  • A large coffee shop “double-double” has the same calories and more sugar than a chocolate glazed donut. #MYMTips #SugarCrash

  • Nutrition is derived from the Latin "nutrie," meaning feed, nurse, preserve, or support. #MYMTips

  • A great way to measure how much water you need in a day is your body weight (lbs) divided by 2. This is measured in oz #MYMTips #GetHydrated

  • The word health comes from the Anglo-Saxon term "hal" meaning “wholeness.” #MYMTips

  • Feeling hungry affects your mood. Snack ideas to help satisfy hunger: cottage cheese with fruit, or a banana with peanut butter #MYMTips

  • One banana provides you with enough energy for a 90 minute workout! #MYMTips

  • Some foods are small but mighty! 1 ounce of flaxseed oil packs nearly enough 15,000 mg of heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids #MYMTips

  • Opening up bare cupboards and an empty fridge is not the recipe for a healthy dinner. It’s easier to eat well if you plan ahead #MYMTips

  • Not all fats are bad! Avocados are rich in monosaturated fat, which is easily burned for energy! #MYMTips

  • Choose whole grain foods when you can. They are higher in fibre and nutrients. Enjoy oatmeal or whole grain cereals for breakfast. #MYMTips

  • Research shows that availability often drives snack selection. Stock your cupboard full of healthy and nutritious snacks! #MYMTips

  • Fresh, frozen, dried, or canned fruits can be easy "grab-and-go" options that need little preparation. #MYMTips

  • Be sure to include a variety of protein sources on a weekly basis including lean meat and poultry, seafood, nuts and seeds! #MYMTips

  • Most individuals over the age of 9 should have approximately 5 to 7 ounces of protein foods each day. #MYMTips

  • Cool fact: A grain product is considered whole grain when it contains the entire grain kernel–including the bran, germ and endosperm #MYMTips

  • Smoothies are a great way to consume your daily nutrients without very much effort #MYMTips

  • Here is the recipe for one of our favourite smoothies! #MYMTips

  • Coffee is yummy and can give you a boost, but Health Canada recommends that adults have no more than 400 mg of caffeine a day #MYMTips

  • The omega 3's in fish oil can help reduce the risk of stroke, improve cognitive function, and increase muscle growth #MYMTips