In these times of uncertainty, there’s still one thing you can control: your diet.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a new normal – and it’s a bit more anxiety-ridden than we’d like to admit. Often breaking daily routines and dealing with ongoing, stressful environments is the first reason people betray their healthy eating habits and begin to “stress eat” or “turn to comfort foods.”
So, how do we combat the stress that comes with the current isolated, quarantine existence? Your health and wellbeing are on the line since uncertainty actually disrupts your immune system and makes you more susceptible to the angst that can spur low moods and health conditions.
What’s changed? Beyond just your daily routine, your typical meal planning and ingredients are subject to what’s available on the shelves of your neighborhood grocery store as they struggle to handle the supply and demand of their products. Uncertainty extends to the supply chains that previously had their rhythm down to a science. Now, shoppers are grabbing less nutritious options off the shelf like processed foods, sugary treats or simple carbohydrates because it’s readily available and because it gives the illusion of providing a short respite from the anxiety – though it may actually be amplifying it.
We previously discussed healthy food habits during quarantine that ensure you set yourself up for success. From meal planning to all-natural ingredients to portion size, a proper diet is more than just what you put in your mouth. It’s the behaviors, routines and education you allow into your life at these pivotal times.
By managing your environment, you decide what wholesome foods end up on your shelf and how your meal mindset will shift. And when you choose good mood food, you invite the health benefits that come along with those tasty ingredients.
There are plenty of important nutrients that release neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine to provide a boost to your mood and immune system. Check out the following list that will help shake loose the grip of anxiety that so many are feeling these days.
At Nikken Foods, our research has shown that natural spices can have a positive effect on your mood and play a big role in releasing the right neurotransmitters to your system. Here are three ingredients to spice up your dish and transform your mood:
White Miso Powder – 6107: This ingredient made of fermented soybeans, rice and salt delivers a delicate flavor that packs a powerful punch.
Worcestershire Sauce Powder – 4203: With a careful blend of vegetables, fruits, garlic and onions, this ingredient is the perfect complement for soups or sauces.
Oyster Extract Powder – 1805: Add the perfect oyster flavor to your dressings, gravies, dips or seasonings.