Food and Mood

 Food & Mood 

On Tuesday Ruth spoke to our online TT2 group about the effects stress can have on our eating habits, food choices and the importance of eating a varied balanced diet. When a person is stressed they will generally (1) eat more or (2) eat less than normal. Oftentimes the people who eat more tend to eat more comfort foods. This is normal but issues can arise if this involves eating large amounts on a regular basis. HOWEVER some people when stressed will eat less than normal and this can also cause problems over a long period of time as they are at risk of nutritional deficiencies (i.e. not eating enough of certain nutrients). For example, a person can become anaemic if they do not eat enough iron and this can lead to tiredness and weakness. Iron can be found in foods such as red meat, green leafy vegetables, pulses (e.g. beans, peas, lentils) and fortified cereals.

It is important to eat a wide variety of foods in the diet focusing on plenty of fruits, vegetables, wholegrains, dairy products, lean meats, fish, nuts, seeds etc. to reduce the risk of nutritional deficiencies and for overall good health.

Thanks to Laois Sports Partnership for funding this online TT2 programme!

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