Shout Out - February

Juliet is an experienced north Nottinghamshire social care worker with expert knowledge on housing, social care law, families and relationships, sexual health, health and substance misuse. To contact JKUliet e-mail

Message from Juliet... Change food to change mood

Are any of you feeling a little more stressed and tense than usual, tired or struggling to get up in the mornings? Do you feel as if you are finding it hard to concentrate on doing the simplest things these days and to get a decent nights’ sleep? Are you finding yourself craving and munching more comfort foods and putting on weight?

Sunshine to beat the S.A.D-ness

If you are experiencing any of these things and feeling down in the dumps, you are more than likely to be experiencing a condition called seasonal affective disorder (S.A.D). Seasonal affective disorder is a condition which affects thousands of people every year in the UK and countries which do not get much sunshine in the winter. Sunshine is very important for mood and wellbeing. It gives your body’s 90% of vitamin d which is vital to keep your mood happy. Without it, we can feel very down and depressed.

Now, unless you are super rich and can afford to take a long holiday over the winter season, you are going to have to help your body fight this condition by taking some easy steps to improve your moods. Interestingly enough, you can do a lot by just changing the foods you eat.

Eat more protein and cut out stimulants

To boost energy even more and stop yourself craving to munch all the time, eat more protein foods such as nuts, chicken, eggs and fish. At the same time cut down on stimulants you have such as coffee, tea, coke, nicotine as these will be stopping you from getting a good night’s sleep. If you do drink alcohol, be mindful that this will not improve your mood and may bring you even more down the day after a night out.

To fight the tiredness and give you energy As hard as this might sound, do consider swapping all the white carbohydrate foods you eat for brown carbohydrates. By white carbs I mean, potatoes, white pasta, white rice, white bread. Swap these for sweet potatoes, wholegrain pasta, brown rice, wholegrain cereals and you will notice you will have more energy. Although white carbs do give you energy you get a mass of energy at once causing your energy levels to come crashing down soon after and when this happens, our moods drop.

Get some exercise

As I can’t say enough, if you are feeling down, exercise is great for the release of endorphins our bodies’ feel good chemicals. Just 30 minutes of exercise daily will be enough to lift your mood and keep your weight stable.NMAC-01-02