Five foods to boost your mood

When it comes to boosting your mood, food is often a source of comfort for us. But did you know that which foods you each can actually affect how you’re feeling? That’s right, so although you might feel that sweets or your favourite packet of crisps will help you feel better, there’s actual foods that can help deliver the nutrition you need to feel better from the inside out.

Here are five of these amazing foods and the reasons why adding them to your balanced diet is sure to boost your mood and make you happier.

1. Dark chocolate

Who doesn’t love chocolate? Okay, so maybe your favourite milk chocolate won’t suffice but dark chocolate does in fact have the feel-good promoting factor. It comes from the taste and a chemical called phenylethylamine. As if you needed another excuse to eat chocolate, so bite into a dark chocolate bar and you don’t even have to feel bad about it!

2. Brazil nuts

These are rich in selenium that research shows promote happiness! Just don’t consume the whole packet. Grab a handful of Brazil nuts and enjoy the taste and the feel-good benefits.

3. Peas

Rich in vitamin B1, peas may not scream happiness, but they will help calm your nerves. Fill up on mashed peas and do so knowing that they’re not only good for you, but they’ll make you feel better too.

4. Brown rice

Brown rice contains vitamins B1 and B3, and folic acid – it’s a vitamin haven! It’s also a low-glycemic food meaning it releases glucose into the bloodstream gradually, preventing sugar lows and mood swings. Swap brown rice for white rice and you’ll be set to go with all the health benefits of this awesome food.

5. Bananas

Bananas are not only packed with goodness but the B6 in them and carbohydrates help to boost your low mood too, and who doesn’t love a banana?

It is also important to remember that skipping meals and certain, bad foods will lower your mood. So even if you reach for that crisp packet now, you might not feel so good about it later.

Remember that health begins from the inside, so mind your diet and incorporate some of these happy foods into a healthy, balanced diet to reap the mood boosting benefits of these five wholesome and awesome foods.

nutrition for the elderly

Eat Well, Age Well: Nutrition for the Elderly

Canwick House cares about the health and wellbeing of our clients. We recognise that nutrition is of the utmost importance for maintaining sound health and that is why we are dedicating to providing healthy, wholesome foods to nourish mind, body and soul.

Regardless of previous eating habits, it’s never too late to change eating habits and diet for the better.

For older adults, the benefits of eating well include higher energy levels, resistance to illness, faster recuperation times, improved management of chronic health problems, increased mental acuteness and longevity.

As we age, a healthy diet can be the key to maintaining a positive outlook in life and staying emotionally balanced.

At Canwick House, we choose our daily menus from a variety of colourful fruits and veggies, whole grains and quality proteins to ensure that our clients feel vibrant and stay healthy, inside and out.

Our Eating Schedule is as follows:

Breakfast: 9:30- 10:30

Midmorning Tea & Biscuits

Dinner: 12:30 – 13:30

Tea: 16:30 – 17:30

 

 

 

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Preventing Malnutrition and Obesity in Older Adults

In the UK, life expectancy has doubled in the past 200 years and today, around 16% of the population is aged over 65 years.

Here at Canwick House, we recognise that older adults have special nutritional needs that must be met. Unfortunately, both malnutrition and obesity are prevalent in the older population. We find it troubling that these problems are more common in those who are living in care homes or other care institutions. This is why we are committed to preventing both malnutrition and obesity in older adults.

Dietary recommendations for fat, carbohydrate and dietary fibre remain the same for the elderly as they do for the rest of the population. However, as older bodies change, it becomes harder for them to absorb vital nutrients. Moreover, difficulty in chewing and digesting and the decreased ability to taste certain foods can make it more difficult for older adults to maintain a healthy diet. We aim to prevent malnutrition at Canwick House by offering our clients dishes that satisfy, delight and nourish mind, body and soul.

Many of the diseases that affect the elderly can be the result of dietary factors. Through the ageing process, these factors are then compounded by changes that naturally occur in ageing bodies. Dietary fat has shown to be seemingly associated with cancer of the colon, pancreas and prostate. Atherogenic risk factors such as increased blood pressure, blood lips, and glucose intolerance also play a significant role in heart disease. These are all things that can be prevented through a healthy and balanced diet. At Canwick House, we are committed to foods that are fresh, wholesome and promote the health, wellbeing and vitality of our clients.