What we eat is central to our health. Having a meal plan ensures you are eating the right foods in the right portions. There are foods for the health of mind and body. A healthy mind cannot be achieved without a healthy body and vice versa.

Some of the foods that boost your mood are dark chocolates, oranges, salmon, dark green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, eggs, bananas, turmeric, yogurt, garlic, shellfish, quinoa, mushrooms, grapes, etc.

Banana is called the fruit of happiness. It is known to make you relax, improve your mood, and generally make you feel happier.

Green tea boosts happiness and metabolism. It helps to fight anxiety and lowers depression symptoms.  It can improve dental health and reduce bad breath making it a good alternative to a cup of coffee.

Apples make us happy. An apple produces a calming effect, creates more energy, and increases overall happiness according to the British Journal of Health Psychology. No wonder, the popular saying, “Apple a day keeps the doctor at bay”.

Laughter is the best medicine. Even just making yourself smile will put you in a better place.

Yogurt, beans, eggs, meats with low fat content, and almonds are just a few foods linked to dopamine release. Eating high quality foods that contain lots of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants nourishes the brain. Traditional foods are nutrient-rich and have a long history of supporting health and wellness. These foods have been consumed for thousands of years.

Potato chips, other potatoes, sugar-sweetened beverages, unprocessed red meats, processed meats make us fat. Pasta is not only one of the most consumed foods in the world, but it’s also one of the most accessible. Fast foods like pizza and pasta are the most sold food in the world. Fast foods can cause various problems like obesity. Obesity increases your risk for respiratory problems, including asthma and shortness of breath. The extra pounds can put pressure on your heart and lungs and symptoms may show up with little exertion.

One cannot afford to mess around with unhealthy food especially in the times of COVID-19, as everyone is well aware that the favorite spot of the virus is the lungs so that should be a word of caution for the readers.

Interestingly, there is one food that has it all, the one that keeps babies alive. “The only food that provides all the nutrients that humans need is human milk. Mother’s milk is a complete food.

In a nutshell, the more natural and local produce you eat, the better it is for you mental and physical health.