What you put into your body not only affects your physical well-being, but it can also impact your overall psychological well-being. Foods influence mood and contribute to the experience of both positive and negative feelings. Therefore, making healthy food choices can contribute to a variety of improvements to your overall mental and psychological state.
Eating a healthy diet may boost your energy levels. Energy can improve your mood and make you feel better about yourself. Unhealthy foods, such as those high in sugar and refined grains, provide an increase in energy levels that dip shortly after they spike. After eating these foods, you will experience short bursts of energy, but they will not be continuous, and then you will feel worn-out. Eating healthy foods will keep your energy levels up. Some energy-sustaining healthy foods include fruits, vegetables, whole grain pastas, brown rice, whole grain bread, lean animal-based proteins and plant-based proteins, such as beans and nuts.
Opting for foods that are healthy and nutritious can give you a sense of control and allow you to feel proud of yourself. Also, making healthy food choices can induce weight loss and losing weight can result in improvements to your appearance. These increases in positive feelings for yourself and improvements in your appearance can result in improvements to your overall self-esteem.