Improve your mood with food

Improve mood with food

Improve your mood with food

Unless you’ve ever changed your diet in the past, you may not know how much of what you eat (and don’t eat) affects the way you think and feel. An unhealthy diet can negatively affect you mood, disrupt your sleep, zap your energy, and weaken your immune system. And switching to a healthy diet, low in sugar and refined carbs, and rich in healthy fats, fruits and veggies, whole grains, and fibre can give you more energy, improve your sleep and mood, and help you to look and feel your best.

People respond slightly differently to certain foods, depending on genetics and other health factors, so experiment with how different foods affect your wellbeing. But here is a general guide by, an online nonprofit mental health and wellness resource, co-founded by renowned psychologist and author, Dr. Jeanne Segal. 

Foods that adversely affect mood:



Trans fats or anything with “partially hydrogenated” oil

Foods with high levels of chemical preservatives or hormones

Sugary snacks

Refined carbs (such as white rice or white flour)

Fried food


Foods that boost mood:

Fatty fish rich in Omega-3s such as salmon, herring, mackerel, anchovies, sardines, tuna

Nuts such as walnuts, almonds, cashews, peanuts




Leafy greens such as spinach, kale, Brussel’s sprouts

Fresh fruit such as blueberries

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