The Difference Between Mood & Food is One Letter

One year ago, September 2018, a mother said, “I know it’s hard, Maddie”, slid a Hershey’s chocolate under her daughter’s bedroom door, and finished with “… but I promise it’s going to get better.” Cue Maddie gently opening her door, holding her mother’s gaze, smiling, and joining her mother for presumably more chocolate.

The Hershey Company is clever. They recognize the intensity of the mood-food connection. Romantic comedies recognize it, too. The leading lady reaches for a spoon and tub of ice cream when her heart aches greatest, whereas her happy and successful archnemesis dines on sea bass and lobster while soothing music cocoons the moment and candles cast a glow that softens her sculpted cheekbones. 

The message is clear: Mood and food are connected, for better or worse. And typically, the unhealthy food accompanies the worse.

So what does this mean? Is it possible you really are what you eat? Do specialists believe you can eat your way toward happiness and by default, unhappiness? 

Yes.

The brain requires constant fuel. Unlike a car, it never stops. Thoughts, movement, heartbeat, breath, senses. These things, and more, require the brain’s constant attention.

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TEMPTATION NATION: The Reason We Ignore Our Logic

We know.

No matter what we say to make ourselves feel better about our dwindling health, we know.

Researchers and health campaigns preach and have for decades, the importance of balanced nutrition and a non-sedentary life. These two things are proven to combat depression, anxiety, suicide, tooth and gum decay, stress, and countless other things we know wreck our world. And yet, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), “worldwide obesity has nearly tripled since 1975”. One of the most heartbreaking realities WHO shares is that children under the age of 5 who were overweight or obese in 2016 numbered 41 million,

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July 25 is Self Care Day

What is self care?

You might have heard the term “self-care” thrown around a lot lately. For some of you it’s a normal and everyday part of your vocabulary and daily routine. For others it might sound wishy washy, selfish, and a waste of time. 

At Truehope we believe self care is an essential part of a holistic approach to maintaining our physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing. Self care is choosing to do the hard thing that’s good for you, rather than taking the easy option that isn’t.

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How to stick with your goal to be healthier in 2019

The new year is just around the corner, and with the new year comes new year traditions: goals, resolutions, a new you.

The new year is everyone’s favourite time to set new goals. If you’ve set goals for 2019—especially health-related goals—here are 3 tips to help you get started.

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How to stick with your goal to be healthier this year

The new year is just around the corner, and with the new year comes new year traditions—goals, resolutions, a new you.

The new year is everyone’s favourite time to set new goals. If you’re considering setting goals for 2018—especially health-related goals—here are 3 tips to help you get started.

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8 ways to become healthier this year

It’s that time of year again: goals, resolutions, a new you. The new year is everyone’s favourite time to set new goals. If you’re considering setting goals for 2017—especially health-related goals—here are 3 tips to help you get started.

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4 healthy tricks for eating your Halloween treats

Halloween is just around the corner, and with Halloween come treats. Lots of treats. Bags and bowls of treats. Chocolate, gum, lollipops, chips, hard candies, gummy candies, and so on. And the treats taste so good. Well, except maybe candy corn.

It’s tempting to eat all our candy at once. But eating too much candy at once can make us feel ill, ruin our appetite, and suppress our immune system. It can also lead to sugar highs and subsequent crashes. Here are 4 tricks to not going overboard on your Halloween treats.

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“Let food be thy medicine”: teaching physicians cooking

Mental health researchers Bonnie Kaplan and Julia Rucklidge recently collaborated on an article published on the mental health website Mad in America. In it, they discuss the approach of physicians toward nutrition’s role in our health.

One item of particular note is their citation of an America study that found nutrition is missing from many of the curricula in medical schools. Some important highlights from the study include:

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3 reasons why lack of sleep is bad for us

Our bodies need rest. While researchers have proposed multiple theories over the years to the actual purpose of sleep, it’s clear that our bodies need it to be healthy. Here are 3 reasons why:

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4 American retailers caught selling mislabelled herbal supplements

Earlier this week, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman publicly announced that 4 American retailers—GNC, Target, Walgreens, and Walmart—had been selling store-brand herbal supplements in New York that didn’t contain what was on the label or contained substances that weren’t on the label.

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