For a long time, vegetables were my enemy. I did not like to eat them because, well, I am ashamed to admit that I was picky. For me, meat, cheese, and carbs were the staples of my diet (yes, not unlike a high school male teenager… don’t judge me).
Fortunately, I am rather athletic and I was able to make up for my lack of good diet with regular exercise. But last year, everything changed for me when I started to have dramatic mood swings and feel more sad and anxious than I had felt in a long time, for seemingly no reason.
My mom suggested that I change my diet and try to eat healthier. She told me that science had proved that what you eat can affect your mood. I was skeptical, but I tried to change my diet by simply eating one salad a day.
And you know what? It worked. My mood improved, and I felt happier and more balanced.
Science has proven that eating fruit and vegetables can lift your mood. Specifically, adding vitamins C and E to your diet can decrease your likelihood of depression.
Of course, what you eat isn’t the only thing that can make you feel better. It should be combined with regular exercise and limiting your intake of drugs and alcohol.
But, if you do all these three things, I guarantee that they can act as a natural anti-anxiety or anti-depression medication.