Most people have an understanding of the link between diet and physical health. But what you eat and when you eat can have a dramatic impact on mood and other behavioral health problems. Think about how you feel after you’ve had too much caffeine or have indulged your sweet tooth. Sometimes that Big Mac tastes really good while you’re eating it but afterwards you feel the negative consequences.
1. Eat breakfast! Breakfast eaters have a lowered risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Be creative. You don’t have to cook yourself a huge meal. Have some
yogurt or a banana with peanut butter. Make a dozen hard boiled eggs to keep on hand. Or a smoothie with fruit. What a way to start the day!
2. Hydrate! Even slight dehydration increases the body’s stress hormones. Flavor your water with lemon, lime, cucumber, or a splash of your favorite fruit juice. Keep the coffee for the mornings and the soda for special occasions.
3. Snack! Yes you read that correctly – eat a snack at least every 3 or 4 hours. The best snacks will include some protein and fresh fruit or vegetable. Reach for the low fat string cheese, a few nuts, and some apple slices.
4. Do not restrict! If you starve yourself you will end up binging and feeling guilty. Indulge once in a while and stay fueled.