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It's easy to eat badly when you are feeling stressed - and the food you eat has an impact on the way you feel.
Studies show that eating a lot of red meat and processed foods is linked to a greater risk of depression and other mental health problems. Sweets, biscuits, sugary drinks and alcohol can also make your blood sugar rise and fall very quickly, which can affect your mood.
A diet that’s full of healthy, high-energy foods like wholegrain bread or wholewheat pasta is thought to keep your blood sugar up. This may stop you from feeling tired, irritable or depressed.
There’s also some evidence to suggest that eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables could improve your mental wellbeing.
If you've noticed a change in the way you feel lately, it could be worth looking at ways to improve your diet.
You could try:
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