Feed Your Body Well – What we put into our bodies matters. Having a healthy and balanced diet is important to provide your brain and body the nutrients we need. Be sure to fill your plate with foods that help you feel better rather than foods that leave you feeling sluggish. Focus on natural, fresh food that comes from the Earth and limit the number of processed foods and sugar we put into our bodies. https://www.myplate.gov

When we eat also has an impact on how we feel:

  • Maintain a consistent meal schedule with healthy snacks in between

  • Keep in mind when you get hungry so you can plan ahead – don’t let yourself get hangry

  • Give yourself plenty of time to digest before bedtime; most studies recommend about 2-3 hours at the minimum

Our gut is a great indicator of how we are feeling, especially in relation to stress. Anxiety often causes a change in eating habits – some people lose their appetite, skip meals or feel the need to micromanage body weight. Others may find comfort in food, over-indulge or stress eat; feeling tired and insecure about their weight.

If you feel you aren’t managing your eating habits well, you are not alone. Keep in mind that our bodies are ever-changing and transforming; focusing on how we feel from our food choices will make us happier and healthier rather than focusing on how we look.

If you are struggling with an eating disorder, seek out help from a trusted loved one or health care professional.

Stay Hydrated – This simple suggestion is commonly overlooked. Drink water; 75% of brain matter is water, don’t skip out on the easiest way to protect it.

When we get dehydrated our brains get foggy and function at low energy resulting in mood changes, most commonly depression. Lack of water also puts extreme stress on our body, which in turn causes anxiety and other mood disorders to be triggered or heightened.

How much water you need depends on you as an individual as well as your lifestyle. It is recommended that we drink at least 8 glasses of water a day but if you are very active or in the heat for long you should increase your intake.

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Moderation – Minimize your caffeine and alcohol intake; be mindful of how you feel during the withdrawal stages and seek help if your consumption gets out of control.

Know your limits and how alcohol affects your behavior. If you find yourself angry, sad, or anxious under the influence or during the withdrawal stages, you might want to reconsider your drinking habits.

There are many ways to change your consumption habits, try The Alcohol Experiment as a way to develop mindful awareness around your drinking practices. If you are struggling with addiction, talk to your family, friends, and health professionals – a support system is crucial in getting and staying sober.


  • This Is Your Brain On Food: An Indispensable Guide to the Surprising Foods that Fight Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, and More by Uma Naidoo

  • The Mind-Gut Connection: How The Astonishing Dialogue Taking Place in Our Bodies Impacts Health, Mood, and Weight by Emeran Mayer

  • Hanger Management: Master Your Hunger, Improve Your Mood, Mind and Relationships by Susan Albers

  • More, Now, Again: A Memoir of Addiction by Elizabeth Wurtzel

  • Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction by David Sheff

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