The Food and Mood Connection

By Katherine Briggs Goldberg, M.S., R.D.

Most of us have days when we feel great: energetic, enthusiastic, clear-headed, content, and well-balanced. We also have those other days when we feel down: sluggish, unmotivated, forgetful, irritable, helpless, and hopeless.

Compelling scientific evidence shows that mental health and physical health are absolutely intertwined, and we now understand that the link between mood and nutrition is much stronger than previously thought. The prevention and management of many diseases rely on our genetic individuality, our environment, stress management, and healthy lifestyle habits – and nutrition is the foundation of a healthy body and mind. 

Healthy eating habits can be challenging to maintain with our modern lifestyle, which can generate feelings of stress that can disrupt our good intentions, which in turn can affect our mood. Here are a few tips that will hopefully help you feel happier and healthier:

Katherine Briggs Goldberg, M.S., R.D., is a dietitian and culinary arts specialist with U-M’s MHealthy Health and Well-Being Services in Nutrition Education, as well as a member of the Depression Center Community Volunteer Committee.

 

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