Is My Diet Affecting My Mental Health?

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By Travis Fortounas

Staff Writer

Between balancing school, work, friends and family, it is safe to say that your mental state endures more than it needs to. As young adults, it is crucial to find a medium where you can balance your entire life on one plate, without putting too much stress on your mental health.

Strong mental health and a healthy con-scious leads to a happy and healthy life. Without the positivity of a healthy mind you can see the effects of depression and anxiety start to set in.

Your daily diet can be a direct correlation to someone’s overall mental health. Foods that are high in protein and nutrients give your body the energy it needs to have a successful day. Foods that are high in fats, sodium and carbohydrates don’t give your body the nutri-ents it needs. Foods of this kind can lead to obesity, heart ailments and even a decline in mental health in the long run.

Students agree that eating healthy is essential for a productive lifestyle. “When I don’t watch what I eat, I am exhausted and don’t live my life to the fullest,” junior economics major, Lauren Levine, said.

“Eating healthy allows me to feel better on the inside and out.” Eating healthy foods can lead to a stronger mental state, while the consumption of unhealthy foods can lead to weaker mental health. These days, some people are concerned about how they appear in front of other people. If you tend to not eat healthy on a daily basis, this may affect how you feel you present yourself to others.

The smallest change can be made one snack at a time. Try to have some fruit once a day, or switch out your fries and ketchup for celery and peanut butter. Soon enough, you’ll start to feel improvements in your mood and mental health.

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