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Good Mood FOOD

Feed your brain the right nutrients and everything feels better – CNM’s Francesca Klottrup guides us to a good mood

The food we eat is able to directly affect our brain’s activity, including mood, memory and performance. Having a balanced diet which is abundant in natural, fresh whole food is fundamental in keeping us feeling positive, relaxed and ready to combat the stress of daily life.

Protein from pulses, beans and nuts provide the amino acids necessary for the successful transmission of information across our brain. Oils, nuts and seeds are just some sources of good fats required by the body to maintain the healthy physiology of brain cells. Wholegrain carbohydrates, such as brown rice, porridge or rye stabilise energy levels, preventing energy dips throughout the day, reducing feelings of anxiety and promoting healthy sleep patterns.

It’s important to limit the intake of stimulants (sugar, caffeine, alcohol) that drive unnatural dips in mood and energy. Eating unprocessed, organic food reduces the body’s exposure to the toxins that can interfere with the body’s metabolism of nutrients, compromising how effectively our body and mind can function. Regular exercise is also a key way to boost our moods through the release of endorphins.

It can be challenging at first to ensure a plant-based diet is providing the body and brain with adequate nutrients, so enlist the support of a nutritional therapist for personalised guidance.

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Easter is nearly upon us so it's time to take your vegan treat making skills to the next level with our delicious Easter recipes. With everything from filled Easter eggs to pineapple hot cross buns you'll find something to tempt even the fussiest eater. Also this issue we show you how to taste chocolate properly, cook delicious midweek meals in under 15 minutes, cook up a vegan gourmet feast, and truly pimp your burgers. Also this issue we have a free magazine packed with Gaz Oakley of Avant Garde Vegan's recipes from his new book Vegan 100. Give them a try today!