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A Special Post for World Mental Health Day


Nutrition and Mental Health


World Mental Health Day falls on October 10th every year. It's an excellent time to discuss how our diet impacts not just our body, but also our mental state. In this post, I'm sharing a tasty and brain-boosting smoothie recipe and offering practical advice on managing decision fatigue.


A Smoothie for Your Brain


Blueberry Smoothie for Mental Clarity


This delicious smoothie is packed with ingredients that are good for your brain.


Ingredients

- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

- 1 medium ripe banana

- 2 tablespoons chia seeds

- 1 tablespoon raw walnuts

- 1 cup spinach or kale

- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk

- Optional: 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup

- A pinch of cinnamon


How to Make It

1. Pour the almond milk into your blender.

2. Add the greens, followed by the banana and blueberries.

3. Include the chia seeds, walnuts, optional sweetener, and a pinch of cinnamon.

4. Blend until smooth. If it's too thick, add a bit more milk and blend again.

5. Enjoy immediately or store it in a sealed jar in the fridge.


You can also add your favourite protein powder if you wish.


Handling Decision Fatigue


Decision fatigue can strike anyone, wearing down your decision-making abilities over the course of a day.


Signs to Look For:

- A feeling of being drained or overwhelmed

- Making impulsive decisions

- A decline in self-control as the day wears on


Tips:

1. Prioritise Tasks: Handle the most crucial tasks when you're at your best, generally in the morning.

2. Limit Choices: Reduce the number of minor decisions you need to make each day.

3. Take Short Breaks: A quick walk or some light stretching can refresh your mind.

4. Eat Well: A balanced diet helps maintain steady energy levels.

5. Be Mindful: Focusing on the present moment can improve decision-making.


Offering Help to Others


If you notice someone showing signs of decision fatigue, suggest they take a break or eat a nutritious snack. A little support goes a long way.


 

Taking the time to nourish both your body and mind can significantly affect your well-being. Understanding the importance of nutrition and being aware of phenomena like decision fatigue can lead to a more balanced, clear-minded state.


For additional support, here are some useful helplines U.K:

- Samaritans: 116 123

- Mind: 0300 123 3393

- CALM: 0800 58 58 58


Feel free to email me at nutralei@nutralei.com or call on +44 (0) 7597004700 for any questions or further information.


Remember, help is always available. Don't hesitate to reach out.



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