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Mood and Food

What we put into our bodies can massively impact how we are feeling, and because the outcome isn't always instant, we don't always notice the impact it is having on how we feel.

Maintaining a healthy diet gives us energy, and can reduce feelings of anxiety, sluggishness and low mood, which changes how we approach our entire day. 

If you're looking to improve your diet, we think its really important to not make changes too radically. It can be harder to make big changes and we could end up feeling like we have failed when things don't go to plan. 

Our Mental Health Advisor Antonia Dewsbury suggested making small swaps that are achievable. Over time, these will help contribute to a healthy lifestyle, without feeling overwhelming.

Read Toni's guidance on Food and Mood below:


Food and Mood is a project with the primary aim of finding how what goes into our mouth can impact on our mood. Scientists have often said that “We are what we eat”, but how serious should we take this phrase? Food is an inevitable part of our lives and many people are only concerned about eating to stay alive. What if there is more to eating than just surviving? Inspired by these questions, this project was born to help find answers to some of these questions.

Nutritionist Resource Article looking at the relationship between nutrition and mental health.  

Mind have produced a really useful article including lots of links and leaflets to help you understand more about this topic.

The Food & Mood Centre at Deakin University is a world-leading, multi-disciplinary research centre that aims to understand the complex ways in which what we eat influences our brain, mood, and mental health. The webpage includes research, recipes and more.