How your diet affects anxiety and depression

Feeling blue? You might want to consider raising your fruit and vegetable consumption.

Research published by the University of Sydney indicates people who eat 3-4 servings of fruit and vegetables each day are 12% less likely to feel anxiety or depression than those who eat 0-1 serving. The study found that women benefit from this protection even more than men do. If they eat 5-7 servings of fruits and vegetables they are 23% less likely to suffer from psychological distress than those eating just 0-1 servings.

How can you get more produce in your diet? Here are some tips:

  • Buy vegetables that are easy to snack on: cherry tomatoes, carrots, celery, sugar snap peas
  • Wash your favorite veggies and put them in clear containers in your refrigerator, so they look appealing
  • Buy your favorite fruits, wash them, and place them in pretty bowls in your refrigerator: it's all about creating easy access
  • Indulge in a salad for lunch once in a while
  • Always include ate least one vegetable with your dinner time meal
  • Reduce the amount of meat on your plate, and fill in the extra space with more vegetables or fruit

How do you get fruits and vegetables in your diet? Leave your tips in the comments below.

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