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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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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This diet may reduce depression and distress

In May 2019, the peer-reviewed journal Journal of Affective Disorders published a study in which researchers from Canada and Iran reported a link between diet and mental health.

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This diet may improve cognition

In December 2013, researchers in Spain published a study in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry, showing a connection between diet and cognition.

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Eating this food may increase your Alzheimers risk

In March 2019, researchers in China published a study in The Journal of Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease, showing a connection between diet and cognitive function.

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Mediterranean diet connected to lower depression risk

In March 2019, researchers in Canada and Iran published a study in the Qom University of Medical Sciences Journal, showing a connection between what we eat and our mental health.

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This vitamin may improve cognition

In September 2017, researchers in Australia published a study in the peer-reviewed journal Nutrients, showing a connection between diet and cognition.

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6 foods connected to poor mental health

in February 2019, researchers in the United States published a study in International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, showing a connection between diet and mental health.

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7 studies connecting the Mediterranean diet with better mental health

If you follow health news, you’ve probably noticed that for some time, the Mediterranean diet has been touted for its many health benefits. It’s been connected with lower risk of cardiovascular disease, lower risk of diabetes, and even longer lifespan.

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3 diets that may reduce depression

In January 2019, researchers in Iran published a study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, showing a connection between diet and mental health.

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