It’s Saturday; Friday was just that type of crazy day, but I still wanted to write new feature, welcome to Fit Tip Fridays. Confessions has been about my journey as a caregiver, while providing helpful information and life strategies. As I have been experiencing life changes and transitions, I felt the need to make changes or rather an expansion on what I write about her. My blog will include more topics such as health, wellness and fitness all things that have an impact on our bodies “and” mental health.
Each Friday I will give a tip and whether it’s about health, fitness, wellness, a recipe, quote or statement it will be about the betterment of your mental health and it just may do your body good!
Friday Fit Tip:
Eat More Whole Grains:
There’s a growing trend between the role of nutrition and it’s impact on short and long term mental health. The impact that food has on out bodies also shows a is a growing concern as it shows that it can contribute the development, management and prevention of specific mental health problems such as depression, schizophrenia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Eat fewer sugary foods and more whole grain cereals, nuts, beans, and lentils, as well as more fruit and vegetables. Sugary foods are absorbed quickly into the bloodstream that may cause a surge of energy that soon wears off as the body increases its insulin production, leaving you feeling tired and low. Eat whole grain foods and fruits and vegetables because they are more filling and the sugar in these foods are absorbed more slowly.
- bread – whole wheat, grain, and spelt rather than white. Also try rye breads, pumpernickel, whole grain pita bread, whole grain chapattis, oat cakes, rice cakes and corn cake.
- breakfast cereals – choose high fiber, low sugar types such as whole grain or bran cereals or oatmeal.
- rice and pasta – go for Basmati and brown rice (this gives a nutty texture in salads) and whole grain pasta.
- potatoes – Try sweet potatoes or yams, serve boiled new potatoes in their skins (with a little bit of butter) or mashed or jacket potatoes. Potato wedges (lightly brushed with olive oil) are a lower fat alternative to chips and roast potatoes if you are watching your weight.
And of course don’t forget to drink your water!