One More Reason to Eat Your Veggies

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“People who eat more fruits and veggies have higher levels of “mental well-being”, a recent British study found.” – April Good House Keeping

What do ya think? Is it true?

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About celestedimilla

Hey there. I’m Celeste, California girl, writer, psychotherapist and burgeoning plant-based foodie.
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17 Responses to One More Reason to Eat Your Veggies

  1. carmen says:

    Yes, Celeste!! I agree–higher levels of “mental well-being” as well as physically healthier!!
    I’m sharing this on my Facebook!!
    With love and compassion!!
    ❤ carmen

    • Hey Carmen! I think the two go hand-in-hand. We feel better physically and that improves our mental outlook. That’s how I see it anyway. Thanks so much for sharing this on facebook – you’re a doll! Celeste:)

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  2. PM says:

    Absolutely! Even before taking a bite of food, I find the various colors and textures of a plant-based meal to be visually appealing…and sometimes stunning! Along with aesthetic stimulation and the wealth of nutrients, knowing the positive effects of plant-based eating on so many levels (beyond my own personal health) also positively affects my mental state. Everything is connected.

    • I love the way you think cowgirl! I was talking to a family member recently who’s considering going vegan, but who can’t imagine giving up cheese. Although I’ve been there myself, now the thought of eating cheese just makes me ill. I can’t imagine eating it because I know it causes factory farmed dairy cows incredible suffering and is not at all healthful for me. But like you, knowing the health bennies of what I’m putting into my mouth when I eat plant-based makes me feel good about what I’m eating. And yea, this probably has an impact on my mental state. Celeste:)

      • Celeste – That’s awesome that your family member is considering veganism and has you to turn to for support. 🙂

        If cheese is the sticking point, maybe encourage them to just do. what they can and not worry about the cheese for now. Like your banner says, it’s a journey, so maybe if your family member can “lean into veganism” (as Kathy Freston would say), it will be less daunting. As he or she learns more, maybe (hopefully) cheese will follow. (By the way, I love your nickname for me –cowgirl. So appropriate. I love them. I’m going to change my nickname on your site since my initials are so boring!)

        I kind of think of it like a high school kid who wants to play basketball. Maybe slam dunking seems unimaginable. But that doesn’t mean he or she should deny themselves all the fun, excitement (hey, learning and experiencing new things IS exciting if you choose to see it that way), social connections, and health benefits of playing, learning, improving, and doing what they can do NOW, at this point in their personal journey. So they can’t dunk. Big whoop. Some of us can’t overnight. Some of us never will be able to, but can become damn good players and “help the team” (and by that I mean the animals) anyway. But without practicing and striving, we’ll miss out on so much and never know our true potential.

    • I like Freston’s ‘lean into it’ approach, and it’s great advice for a new vegan. I wish I knew about it when I first made the transition. My husband and I tried to be strict about not touching meat, dairy or sugar (sugar is not allowed on The Engine 2 Diet we’re following) in the beginning. We failed miserably!! It was so different from the way we ate before that I ended up feeling deprived which lead to binging. I binged a lot those first few months, which made me feel lousy (both physically and emotionally). Now I allow myself to have occasional goodies. Never anything not vegan – I’m still strict about that and besides I don’t desire it anymore. But I do eat sugar on occasion as is obvious from my blog posts. Thank you so much for reminding me about this cowgirl. I don’t want my family member to struggle with the transition as much as I did, and I think leaning into it is a more sensible approach. I’ll share this with her.

      Happy Monday, and I hope you have a fabulous week. Celeste:)

  3. Maryanne says:

    As a vegetarian I would like to believe that but as I’ve said before I’ve seen too many negative, stressed vegetarians and vegans in my life (that eat A LOT of vegetables).

    My husband, who is the greatest guy in the world — calm, well-balanced, intelligent, loving and adoring — hardly eats any vegetables and he is such a positive example to the rest of the world.

    So, while I’d LOVE for this to be true, I have to humble myself and say my carnivore husband wins out on this one 😉

    • It sounds like you’ve got a wonderful hubby Maryanne. My dad, also not a veggie lover, is calm and well-balanced like your husband. My thinking is that lot of emotional well-being comes from genes. And there are those lucky people out there who are going to have fabulous emotional well-being no matter what. I personally have the tendency toward anxiety, and I don’t think eating vegan has helped with that. I do believe, however; that it has improved my mood and outlook to some degree. I feel physically better now, and it’s just easier for me to be in a good mood when I don’t feel like crap. I’m not saying that it’s made a dramatic difference, but enough of a difference that I’ve noticed it. Of course, I’m only one person. I’m sure it’s different for everyone. Thanks so much for your comment – you always make me think girlfriend! Celeste:)

      • Maryanne says:

        Aw, your dad sounds wonderful! It’s true genes play a part along with everything else, environment, upbringing, etc. and food can play a small role, and it can depend on how your body reacts to food. If I eat too much sugar during a holiday, my body will definitely react negatively. Sometimes it can be psychological too. One night I was at a party, eating bad food and drinking. The next day I went on a road trip with my husband. The entire way down I felt lousy and swore once we got there, I’d have to lay down in the hotel until I felt better. But once we reached our destination, I instantly felt better with so much happiness and energy. So maybe some people just feel better psychologically because they’re not eating animals, and doing good for their health and it helps them thrive (if they’re positive to begin with, of course)? What do you think, Celeste?

      • Hey there Maryanne! I know what you mean about sugar bringing you down. I get that feeling every time I bake cookies! That’s why I go back and forth about if it’s even worth if for me to makethem Your story intrigues me, however. Maybe there is a lot more psychology in how we feel. I’ve experienced similar things to your vacation story. There was a time when I was feeling crappy on a Saturday and felt like I just wanted to stay home and do nothing. My husband, however;talked me into going for a walk on the beach. As soon as we got outside of the car at the beach I felt great. Psychology? Or maybe it’s fresh air that makes the difference – I don’t know. I do believe, however; that the mind is incredibly powerful and I’m sure that, like you say, some people just feel better knowing that their not harming animals and eating food that nourishes them. Have a fabulous week Maryanne! Celeste:)

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  4. Reblogged this on juiceplusforyou and commented:
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  5. I definitely think it’s true.

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