Although we’re all under lockdown, we are still allowed to go to the supermarket to buy food. The following information might help in terms of making choices on what foods to buy.
Basics to a healthy brain – eat nutrient dense food with lots of micronutrients (vitamins and minerals)!
1. Start with whole foods diet approach including good fats, nuts, seeds, fish, modest amount of meat, vegetables, fruit, whole grains
2. Shifting towards eating “real” as opposed to processed foods naturally eliminates unnecessary food additives such as artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and preservatives that do not add nutritional value and may contribute to psychiatric symptoms in some people
3. Limit sugar intake (sugar is everywhere in processed foods, energy/fizzy drinks – look at labels to spot the hidden sugar)
4. Watch caffeine and alcohol intake doesn’t creep up
5. Eat a good solid nutrient-dense breakfast: e.g., omelette with vegetables, muesli (oats, nuts, raisins) with milk, yogurt, fresh fruit
Check out this clip, where Professor Julia Rucklidge from the Mental Health and Nutrition Team shares some valuable tips on how to sustain good mental health over the lockdown period, by eating well. Professor Rucklidge talks about the benefits of nutrients for optimal brain functioning and suggests a variety of whole foods for you to try. Near the end of the clip Professor Rucklidge talks about the benefits of deep breathing and provides us with a demonstration on how to use the 4,7,8 breathing technique.
Prof Julia Rucklidge
Te Puna Toiora, Psychology, University of Canterbury
TEDx talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dqXHHCc5lA