12 foods to eat this Thanksgiving for your mental health

Canadian Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Besides being the perfect time to meditate on the things we’re thankful for, it’s a time to get together with friends and family. And where there are friends and family, there’s bound to be lots of food.

As we’ve discussed in the past, there’s a strong connection between nutrition and mental health. So, when you’re filling up on plates of great food, do your best to eat foods that improve your mental health and reduce symptoms of mental illness.

Here’s a list of 12 foods that help maintain good mental health:

  1. Fresh fruit
  2. Salads
  3. Vegetables, especially raw vegetables
  4. Nuts
  5. Legumes, such as peas, beans, and lentils
  6. Olive oil
  7. Fish
  8. Whole grains
  9. Poultry, including turkey
  10. Low-fat cheese
  11. Rice
  12. Some soya products

If you want to read more about the research behind how these foods help, check out our post: 6 studies around the world linking fruit & veggies with mental health.