Road to a hap­pier you is mind­ful eat­ing

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City - - LIFESTYLE -

Work­ing long hours un­der stress and eat­ing ir­reg­u­larly and mind­lessly could lead to de­pres­sion.

The road to a hap­pier you is right nu­tri­tion and mind­ful eat­ing as well as stay­ing away from too much of caf­feine and sugar, and here’s how to do it right:

Legumes: Con­sum­ing them will keep blood sugar sta­ble through­out the day, fos­ter­ing hap­pier mood, a key nu­tri­ent in cre­at­ing a health­ier gut.

Wraps: Al­though a Western con­cept, wraps have found pop­u­lar­ity in In­dia in the form of rolled food items and Kathi rolls. Var­i­ous in­gre­di­ents can be in­cluded with cha­p­atis or parathas, in­clud­ing pa­neer, onions, green peas, gin­ger, gar­lic, may­on­naise. Even mut­ton. Leafy greens: Spinach and kale are im­por­tant to keep the brain func­tion­ing at its best thanks to their Vi­ta­min B con­tent.

It pro­duces sero­tonin, a mood-en­hanc­ing chem­i­cal that helps lift mood and keep de­pres­sion at bay. Whole grains: Again, whole grains are a source of vi­ta­min B. Stud­ies have proven that B6 de­fi­cien­cies lead to stress and ir­ri­tabil­ity. Pack whole grains into your diet. Elim­i­nat­ing carbs may not be a good idea.

Berries and nuts: They are loaded with an­tho­cyani­dins, known to boost brain func­tion and an­tiox­i­dants in the body. Nuts are a su­per­food rich in omega fatty acids and vi­ta­mins that el­e­vate mood which pro­mote brain and nerve cells. And, stay away from sugar.

PHOTO: SHUT­TER­STOCK

Leafy greens pro­duce sero­tonin, a mood­boost­ing chem­i­cal

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