Sunday, October 11, 2009

feeding your mental health

This article embodies the spirit of one of my favorite quotes, "Food is the foundation, but it's really about life"--FRESH the movie.

What we put in our bodies is about much more than just "eating." The New York Times reports:

Eating a Mediterranean-style diet — packed with fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, olive oil and fish — is good for your heart, many studies have found. Now scientists are suggesting the diet may be good for your mental health, too.

...Over time, those who had scored between 5 and 9 on the Mediterranean diet were 42 percent to 51 percent less likely to develop depression, the study found, than those who scored between 0 and 2. full article

As a vegan, I can tell you that the way that I eat has definitely changed more than my pantry. Aside from experiencing an increase in energy, conscious eating with an awareness of where my food comes from has added more mindfulness and happiness to my life. Yes, I will kiss a perfect tomato when I find one, take pride in the color combination of my chopped vegetables, make scrumptious wholesome foods for friends and fam, and smell my whole grains before I eat them. And since this transition, I am a more balanced, more peaceful and less stressed person.

I could get technical and list studies of how overhauling dietary lifestyles can modify misbehavior in children, but it's really late for me, so feel free to google that one.

1 comment:

Justin said...

This is very interesting! Perhaps eating Kosher or Halal in a similar means were intended to increase one's awareness or appreciation of the foods being consumed. Just a thought or explanation for why Judaism and Islam may have evolved to have their dietary restrictions (i.e. to create the same kind of balance and peace you mentioned through dietary restrictions). Why these norms are in place today is another discussion; I would argue that much of the spiritual meaning of kosher, for example, is lost (a) as a result of the cash-producing industries that market and produce Kosher foods (b) because of complacency/"spiritualess" ritual following and (c) because of an egotistical desire to show to others that one is"sufficiently pious and devout" by eating Kosher. There must be spirit and intention behind one's dietary restrictions (as you clearly have) to reap the benefits which you are talking about. Very nice post!