"Eat your vegetables... or else...
Said by parents across the globe
But are they on to something?
You see, stuffing your face with pastries and pizza has never been recommended amongst health experts or nutritionist since the dawn of time.
And although we'd rather not listen... and I mean.. who can blame us
We'd rather choose a slice of carrot cake... over the actual carrot.
But wait, let's back up for a minute.
Eating your vegetables, "because it's good for you", is a common statement and argument for why we should consume them... but what about the other 1000 reasons to?
What if there was more to it than just "being healthy"
and what if the benefits of a good diet went beyond what we thought were even possible.
So although the opening statement about vegetables is true, it's leaving out something even more important... You ready?
It's the fact that: Eating a nutritious diet literally makes you happier.
Yes, but numerous studies agree that this is in fact true and for two specific reasons:
One being it optimizes your gut health -
And the other being it's supportive of our energy levels over time
And if you don't believe me? Well, lets see what science has to say... and hey - no carrot cake allowed buddy.
Happiness & Your Gut
Why Eating Healthy is Something to Consider
Alright Science... do your thing:
So. Nutrition, happiness and your gut health are more related to one another than you might think.
Your gut, also known as your second brain, produces 95% of your serotonin which is a hormone vital for:
and mediating our mood.
When we eat, food is digested where it eventually reaches our intestines and the bacteria can then nest itself.
Often times, the quality of this bacteria that ends up in our gut is not taken into account for which disrupts the release and uptake of serotonin to a significant degree.
So this means: foods containing chemicals, processed sugars, (and the words we can't pronounce) provide us with toxic bacteria that will block the neural cascade of serotonin
... Which we need to feel good! (hence the title)
So the $1,000,000,000 dollar question then becomes,
"But what happens if we consume too much of that stuff?".... well,
According to BioMed Central:
It's probabbbly not the best for us.
In their study, populations that ate a "western" style diet low in nutrients had up to 35% more depression than that of a population eating mostly whole foods.
Not only this, but refined diets low in nutrients were also shown to promote dementia, inflammation, and oxidative stress on the gut microbiome
On the flip side however,
nutritious options like fruits, vegetables, and fermented foods were found to be an excellent sources of "good" bacteria and were proven to make us feel our best.
In a study published in the Journal of Public Health, colleagues explored whether improvements in psychological well-being occur after the increase of fruit and vegetable consumption over the years of 2007, 2009, and 2013.
Their findings showed that those who did increase fruit and vegetable consumption increased their happiness and life satisfaction by .24 points, or the psychological gain of moving from unemployed to employed.
This study also showed the possible significance between our microbiota and its modulation of brain chemistry.
Although we should enjoy ourselves from time to time, it's important to keep these facts in mind when we aren't feeling our best.
Eating healthy isn't the "cool" thing to do by any means, but if your mood is always sour and that energy level is feeling low-
then it may be time to clean up the diet a bit for now. #carrotcake
Nutrition and Energy Levels
Ah, Sunday brunch. You smelled it too?
Mmm.. overcooked eggs and soggy chips for the win curtesy of Bubba and the random restaurant down the ally way.
Grease anybody? Yes? Ah, thanks Bubba.
So, just like food interacts with your gut (as we mentioned above) your energy levels also correlate with the food that you consume on a day to day basis (calories being equal).
when we consume a meal high in fat, preservatives, and sodium- it's common to hear the big complaint of regret.
I mean... a stuffed man once said:
"I can't breathe..."
"I need a nap"
"I'm gunna EXPLODE"
And typically, after chronic consumption of low nutrient dense foods like Mr. Stuffed Man 👆
it's common to see our engergy levels change as a result.
(... no steve, we didn't)
Similar to how our mood can take a hit overtime with low quality food
And just overal motivation can really take a hit.
Sugar alone, according to studies in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, has shown significant overlap between the consumption of added sugars and drug-like effects.
... and these were just to name a few.
Along with this, Insulin levels are poorly regulated with a bad diet which creates a yo-yo effect in your energy and productivity tuh-boot.
"Meeyyah but that's fine- being lethargic doesn't affect me that much.."
-Mr. Stuffed Man.
So- the bottom line?
In order to go from this: >:(
to this: :)
and this... 🤰🍔
You might just need to adapt some better nutritional habbits over time.
Because feeling good?
Should be a piece of cake :).. pun intended.