Part of looking fabulous is feeling fabulous, because it shows from the inside out. Your demeanor, attitude, energy, alertness, and productivity all stem from a vibrant interior – body, mind and spirit.
The old adage “you are what you eat” is showing results in how happy you are as well. A recent study has found a possible link to fruit and veggie consumption and happiness.
Department of Psychology researcher Dr Tamlin Conner, Dr Caroline Horwath and Bonnie White from Otago’s Department of Human Nutrition, investigated the relationship between day-to-day emotions and food consumption.
The study is published in the British Journal of Health Psychology on January 24, 2013 via Science Daily.
“On days when people ate more fruits and vegetables, they reported feeling calmer, happier and more energetic than they normally did,” says Dr Conner.
“After further analysis we demonstrated that young people would need to consume approximately seven to eight total servings of fruits and vegetables per day to notice a meaningful positive change. One serving of fruit or vegetables is approximately the size that could fit in your palm, or half a cup.”
Feeling a little cranky? Have an apple or two. Someone throws you “under the bus” at work? Offer them a a bowl of roasted vegetables.If only it was that easy! I wonder if chocolate covered strawberries count?
I try to eat a lettuce and mixed veggie salad for lunch each day, and a bowl of chopped apples and cottage cheese with a sprinkling of cinnamon for a snack each day. I always start my day with a shot of a concentrated fruit and veggie drink – every day, just in case the enchiladas catch my eye!
Thanks for stopping by for a little “food for thought”…..and a smile!