Produce Happiness

Food for thought...

We all know that fruits and vegetables are healthy and necessary staple components of any diet. Long term physical benefits are so researched and proven, they don’t need to be reiterated. But, High Vibers, what if we told you that new research is uncovering the mental health benefits associated with eating recommended levels of produce daily? And we’re not just talking about incremental long term brain chemistry, and outcomes that will surface decades after you commit to eating that kale on the regular.

We’re talking changes in happiness and life-satisfaction levels that drastically change within a matter of a year or two.  The measured shift you undergo when you decide to eat recommended levels of produce is comparable to going from unemployed to employed.

The publication ends with a paragraph summarizing how the channels by which subjective well-being and eating certain foods is connected remain to be fully understood, demanding more attention be devoted to the research.

We have some hypotheses as to how this all works- test them out for us!

  • When we eat high-fiber produce, we are oftentimes chewing more (to break up the fibers), and more frequently than calorie-dense counterparts (like burgers) to bring in similar amounts of calories. Chewing gives us satisfaction and makes us feel satiated.

  • Produce is obviously full of vitamins and minerals, most of which work to facilitate bodily processes on the cellular level. Proper quantities and supplies of these nutrients in our bodies helps them run more efficiently and effectively. High functioning bodies means high functioning minds.

  • Eating healthier might encourage you to make other healthy lifestyle changes or choices consistently, like adequate exercise and sleep.  Exercise + sleep = happiness.  

  • When you make a focus in your life to incorporate adequate amounts of produce into your diet, you are being mindful of what you’re consuming. This sense of ownership, control, and making the right choice might make us feel happier.

  • Maybe there’s a community component. More produce might mean you’re shopping more often (perishable foods), which gets you out and about more. More produce might mean you’re cooking more rather than zipping through to grab a burger after work. Maybe that means you’re spending more time with friends and family.

Basically, we feel Good when we eat Good, and when we feel Good, we are happier. Who would have thought?

As if there weren’t already enough reasons to eat your fruits and veggies.

-Madelin Petz, VibeUP Editor

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