By Evelyn Huynh
The holiday season is upon us and we know what that means. There will be many days filled with family dinners, friendsgivings, drinks and delicious desserts. So it is extremely important to still listen to your body and nurture it even during these food filled events that are coming up.
Take charge of your nutrition.
Food and water is fuel for the human body and just like exercising, it directly affects your mood and energy levels.
It’s important to understand how nutrition affects our bodies, so that we can make better food choices during this time of year when there’s already so much going against us!
Poor nutrition habits affect:
- Energy levels
- Cognitive loss (brain fog/lack of mental clarity, memory loss, poor concentration, mental health issues)
- Digestive problems
- High blood pressure
What should I eat then, you ask? Here are some ideas to add to your daily meals!
Salmon, tuna, and trout are great sources of vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids, both of which can influence mood and are filled with brain-healthy nutrients!
Folic Acid ?
Leafy green veggies (spinach, oatmeal, oranges, sunflower seeds) are high in folic acid and have been shown to affect the brain and boost your mood.
Stress aggravates depression symptoms and exhausts your body. Blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries may help prevent the release of cortisol, also known as the “stress hormone”.
Be Grateful and Enjoy the Holidays!
Your body is precious and it does so much for you, so I challenge you this winter holiday season to give yourself more grace and express gratitude for all that your body has done!
You can start creating healthy habits now so you don’t have to wait for New Year’s Resolutions!
Evelyn Huynh is a Wellness Entrepreneur. Follow her on Instagram at @evolvewithevelyn.