Updated: Jul 9
It’s true. Study after study has proven that what we put in our mouth has a direct correlation to our mood and behavior.
And the American Diet sucks, plain and simple. The “food” consumed is harmful to both your body and your brain. It's not helping ANYONE right now. It’s filled with processed grains, high levels of refined sugars, salt, processed oils and fats, chemical additives, and preservatives. Leaving you with a lack of nutrients and a slew of new health issues. Depression, anxiety, mental disorders, cystic acne, chronic fatigue, weight gain (or loss), digestive issues...you get the idea.
Several studies have found that people who ate a diet that was high in processed meat, chocolates, sweet desserts, fried food, refined cereals, and high-fat dairy products — were more likely to report symptoms of depre$$ion. Likely from the lack of nutrients missing from their brain! Eating whole foods provide what your brain and body need to balance itself out.
And where are my parents of neurodivergent children at? (or are neurodivergent yourself), you might recognize the significant impact that certain foods play in your child’s behavior and mood, attention, sleep, patience, etc.
For example, my youngest, who is very kind, and snuggly, and empathetic turns into a Thai cage-fighter when he eats oats and starts *throat punching his brother or will try and drown him. His older brother is a bit sneakier than that and will simply chuck something at his brother’s head when we aren’t looking. (*based on actual events). Sound like typical “boy” behavior? Yeah, maybe, but it’s not typical behavior from our boys unless they’ve eaten something their brain just doesn’t like.
So if you are feeling down lately (or ever), take a look at what you are putting in your body. I bet you aren't eating as healthy as you could be or there is a hidden food allergy/intolerance that you are ignoring.
The food you eat should provide your body the nutrients it needs for energy and function, remember that the next time you want to scarf half a sleeve of cookies.