Stuck at home for months, you're probably feeling a range if emotions about being self-quarantined, the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing. Your eating behaviours, stress levels and how you feel about your body are also changing when you're isolating for COVID-19.
However, there are ways to cope. Here are some ways you can regulate your diet to make yourself calm down and reduce your stress level and boost your mood during lockdown.
Never pass on those eggs at brunch!
Eggs are loaded with two key ingredients that are essential for lifting your mood: protein and omega-3 fatty acids, which are associated with lowered rate of anxiety and depression. They can also stabilize your blood sugar level and keep you satiated longer because of the high level of protein in eggs.
Oily, fatty fish like salmon are great sources of omega-3 fatty acid and vitamin D, which enhance aspects of brain function, including boosting your mood, and have a more positive affect.
Dark, green vegetables like spinach contain magnesium, which can positively impact serotonin levels and boost your mood. Bonus: Spinach also contains folates, one of the essential vitamin B.
Strawberries, blueberries and blackberries are high in antioxidants, known as flavonoids, which help activate brain pathways associated with better cognition and having a more positive mood.
A sip of antioxidant-rich hot cocoa boosts feelings of contentment and puts people in a happy mood. Cocoa chocolate also has phenylethylamine, known as mood-elevating compound, which helps to reduce depression and help to normalize stress-related differences in energy metabolism and gut microbial activities.
As sources of heart-healthy antioxidants and healthy fats, almonds are a superfood that contains a good amount of vitamin B2, which helps to alleviate symptoms of anxiety, depression, irritability and impaired memory.
Other than almonds, pecans and walnuts are among the nuts that will lift your spirits.
Dried Herbs and Spices are great sources of potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds, which involves in protecting the lining of your GI tract and helps keep your immune system healthy.
Good news for coffee lover! Caffeine helps raise dopamine, which is crucial to prevent depression.
Bored of regular coffee? Try this trending quarantine Dalgona coffee instead!
The recipe: It's just instant coffee, sugar, water and milk.
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