By | Farrah Smith | community.thriveglobal.com
If you are anything like me, you allowed yourself to indulge in 2020 due to the seemingly endless lockdown. It’s easy to justify eating unhealthy food when you’re living in survival mode, but using the pandemic as an excuse to forego sensible choices can be detrimental for both your physical and mental wellbeing.
I have set New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier in the past, but my intentions were usually rooted in vanity, and my willpower quickly faded. This year, it’s less about looking my best and more about feeling my best. I want to use food as medicine for good health, a clear mind, and energized body. Not unhealthy food as a mental band-aid. Which comforts me at the moment but eventually makes me feel tired, lazy, and unmotivated.
I went on a mission to gather all the information I could about how my diet affected my mind and body and was surprised by what I unearthed.
“The food you eat can either be the safest, most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison” – Ann Wigmore
The bad news was that my dietary choices were having an adverse and potentially long-term impact on my brain health. The good news is that we are not stuck with the brain we have, and every day is a new opportunity to make a change.
World-renowned neuroscientists have proven that what you eat changes your brain chemistry, and the key is to consume foods that enable your brain to retain its size, structure, connect more neurons, remove toxins, and construct new cells. So, if you want to reduce mental fatigue, improve your mood, solve problems more quickly, have more energy, enhance your memory, and have a better overall quality of life, a healthy diet is essential.