Psychiatrists and nutritionists suggest that variations of the Mediterranean diet are ideal for mental wellness because they are high in fiber and Omega-3 fatty acids, which are commonly found in nuts, fish, and olive oil
The current social distancing and quarantine measures are likely to provoke such psychological effects in large swaths of the population. Toss in the variables of an uncertain end to the pandemic and shelter-in-place mandates with confounding messages from the media and elected leaders, and these feelings are only exacerbated. More than a third of Americans say that Covid-19 is impacting their mental health and nearly two thirds believe the pandemic has had a serious impact on their day-to-day lives, according to a national poll conducted last month by the American Psychiatric Association.
Mental health experts agree that it’s important to pay attention to routines, beginning with a healthy and balanced diet. When you’re under stress, your body needs to consume more calories just to process the information and function, because of that we may have a tendency to crave foods that are not particularly good for us.
Psychiatrists and nutritionists suggest that variations of the Mediterranean diet are ideal for mental wellness because they are high in fiber and Omega-3 fatty acids, which are commonly found in nuts, fish, and olive oil. “The idea behind nutritional psychiatry is to feed the [gut] microbiome, eat nutrient dense plants and seafood, and avoid processed foods, simple carbs, and simple sugars. The experts conclude that "the key to a healthy gut and brains remains a diverse and nutrient-rich diet. A Mediterranean diet has been shown to reduce the risk for depression by about 30%. Superfoods such as dark chocolate, kale, and lentils are also known to improve mood.