You can freshen-up your mental state of meaning, purpose, and fulfillment in life according to an article published in Frontiers in psychology, and it will not cost you the earth, but it does come from the Earth.
The researchers in this article state that ‘individuals who are eating more fruits and vegetables have a higher likelihood of optimal mental states, such as greater happiness, positive mood, life satisfaction, and socio-emotional flourishing, which captures feelings of meaning, purpose, and fulfillment in life!” [i]
Who would have thought to eat your fruit and veggies had such a powerful, yet scientifically validated, effect on your mental state! This article also indicated that “there is now good evidence that higher fruit and vegetable intake is related to better mental health. Research has established that people who eat more fruits and vegetables have a lower incidence of mental disorders, including lower rates of depression, perceived stress, and negative mood”[i]
Mental health in Australia
Given that the most recent Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) National Health Survey estimated that there were 4.8 million Australians (20.1 percent) with a mental or behavioral condition in 2017–18[ii] it just makes sense to consider eating your fruits and vegetables!
If you have already looked at the 2017-18 National Health Survey, then you may have been as surprised as I to read that when it comes to fruit and vegetable intake “1 in 2 people aged 18 and over (49%) did not eat the recommended 2 serves of fruit, while over 9 in 10 (92%) did not eat the recommended 5–6 serves of vegetables”[iii].
Is it possible that the poor mental health status of many Australians is related to the poor consumption of fruit and veggies?
My clinical experiences
In my clinical practice, clients who come to me for support when faced with emotional or chronic stress-related issues, inevitably are using food to comfort eat! Unfortunately, on further questioning, fruits and vegetables are not high on their comfort food list. In fact, in most cases, they don’t make the list!
What I have observed in my clinic, which is validated by what my clients report back to me, is that when they do make choices to increase their fruit and vegetable intake, they feel an improvement in their mental state, as well as feeling more energetic. For many, they also notice improvements in their weight!
The next time you feel stressed, instead of getting ‘stressed-out’, get ‘fruit and vegged-out’ but do not wait until you are stressed-out! Now is the time to act and make eating fruits and vegetables your priority, if you have not already done so. By doing so, you will be supporting yourself towards achieving and maintaining an optimal mental state!
Join the group- it’s free
It makes sense to join the top 8 percent of Aussies who are eating the recommended vegetable 5 to 6 serves now, and there are no expensive membership fees to join this group! All you need to do is include 5 to 6 servings of vegetables and 2 serves of fruit throughout your day!
I have listed for you below the top 10 fresh fruits and vegetables related to better mental health outcomes, as identified by the article published in Frontiers in psychology. I emphasize freshness because the authors concluded that raw fruit and vegetable intake (FVI) is better than processed FVI when it comes to mental states.
The top 10 Fruits & Veggies to improve your mental state [i]
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Until my next blog. Get fruit and vegged-out!
Dr. George Dellas (Chinese medicine)
Health Promotion Consultant; Acupuncturist; Certified FlameTree Healer, Naturopath; and more…