At Pura, we focus on the connection between mood and food, recognising that our emotional state can influence our eating habits. This relationship often leads to cravings for comfort foods during times of distress or reaching for sugary treats when joyful, as well as relying on caffeine during stressful periods.

These cravings can become habits, forming a strong link between our mindset and eating behaviours. While external factors like work hours and culture play a role, our overall mindset and food relationship significantly shape our dietary choices and routines.

Research shows that food impacts both body and mind. Drastic calorie reductions, calorie-deficit diets, or poor diets can contribute to mood swings, fatigue, and reduced concentration. Hence, having a healthy meal is more important than following a diet plan that doesn’t meet your body’s needs.

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Poor nutrition can lead to physical discomfort, further affecting mood and overall well-being. However, a balanced diet can improve both physical and mental health, underlining the importance of healthy eating for a positive mood and weight management.

Calorie-deficit meal plans are tailored to help you feel energised and satisfied on fewer calories. Regular meals are crucial for stabilising blood sugar levels, reducing hunger, anger, and irritability. Consistent eating patterns not only improve wellness but also reduce stress compared to irregular meal schedules and promote better weight management.

Healthy fats are essential for brain function and mood regulation. Trans fats found in processed and deep-fried foods contribute to inflammation and mood disorders, hence are considered unhealthy. Foods rich in healthy fats include oily fish, nuts, olive oil, avocados, and seeds.

Balanced meals comprising proteins, carbohydrates, and healthy fats provide essential nutrients for energy, healthy weight management, and also impact our mind and mood. Depriving the body of these nutrients can lead to low energy levels and mood swings. Proper calorie management and macronutrient distribution help maintain a healthy body weight and improve overall mood and mental health.

In addition to diet, lifestyle factors such as exercise and sleep play significant roles in mood regulation. Regular physical activity releases endorphins, chemicals that promote feelings of happiness and well-being. Adequate sleep is crucial for proper brain function and emotional stability, with sleep deprivation linked to increased stress and irritability.

Social, geographical, and environmental factors can also impact mood and eating habits. Eating with others can enhance enjoyment and satisfaction with meals, while dining alone may lead to mindless or emotional eating. Access to nutritious food options and food environments can influence food choices and overall dietary patterns.

While a low-calorie meal delivery is essential for weight loss, it’s equally important to understand how food choices and eating habits impact mood and mental well-being. By prioritising a balanced diet rich in essential nutrients, incorporating regular exercise, ensuring adequate sleep, and fostering supportive social and environmental contexts, we can promote a positive mood and overall mental health, leading to a happier and healthier life.

— The writer is Founder, Pura