We’re constantly bombarded with how healthy eating can improve our physical health, but you may be surprised to know it could also affect the way we feel mentally.
As it’s World Mental Health Day on the 10th of October we wanted to dive into how food and diet can impact your wellbeing.
Have eating habits changed over the pandemic?
I think we can all agree that many things in our lives have changed over the last 18 months. We were faced with many challenges, one of these being our diets.
A survey of 3533 people, conducted over 2020, found that 48.6% of respondents reported weight gain over the pandemic. 
Being forced to stay inside over lockdown meant, for a lot of us, it was easy to turn to comfort food. Although we had more time for home cooked meals, there was also much more time for unhealthy snacking.
Not only did our attitude towards our diets change over the pandemic but fresh food was harder to come across.
“If nothing changes, we will start to see gaps over the coming days on lettuce, some salad leaves, cauliflowers, broccoli and citrus fruit – all of which are imported from the continent at this time of year,” said a Sainsbury’s spokesperson. 
With the other worries in our lives, eating well wasn’t a priority for a lot of us. Coming to the end of 2021, the UK is starting to move back to normality, which means we can take the time to focus more on our diet and mental health.
Can food affect your mood and wellbeing?
If you put your diet on the back burner over the pandemic, you may have found your mental wellbeing has also taken a hit.
When we take care of our bodies it can positively impact your mental wellbeing. A healthy diet can help us think more clearly, feel more alert and improve concentration. 
The link between diet and mental health is complex, however there is research to suggest a link between the two.
The connection between diet and emotions stems from the close relationship between your brain and your gastrointestinal tract, often called the “second brain.” 
Eating healthy foods can send positive neurotransmitters to your brain, which may help improve your mood. Of course, a healthy diet is not the solution to all mental health but it’s a positive step you can take to improve your wellbeing.
Bring this to your workplace
Providing healthy alternatives and high-quality food at work can boost productivity and ensure you are taking steps to provide for your employee’s wellbeing.
It’s been shown that the more portions of fruit and vegetables eaten per day, the happier, more engaged, and more creative people will be at work. 
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