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Food for Thought: Healthy Nutrition in Teens Effects Mood and Emotional Health

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Food for Thought: Healthy Nutrition in Teens Effects Mood and Emotional Health

Nutrition plays a critical role in our ability to function. Mood and food are two elements that work together for success. The brain is working 24/7 to make keep us functioning properly. The brain regulates mood, thoughts, movements, breathing, heartbeat, and senses. In order for the brain to do its job and do it well, it must be fueled properly. Proper fuel includes lots of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

There is a growing emphasis on the importance of incorporating nutrition plans in to mental health programs for teens. Learning how to fuel one’s body well is important to the recovery process- not only for teens with eating disorders. Healthy nutrition can be very important part of addressing mental health struggles such as depression, anxiety, and trauma.

Dishing the Truth

Teens who eat a low-quality diet have an 80 percent higher chance of developing depression. Getting your teen to prioritize their nutrition can sometimes feel like an impossible task. This can feel like the prime time to get away with eating poorly. It’s quick, it’s easy, and cheeseburgers taste good. However, with intentional efforts and patience you can help your teen make nutritious choices a part of their everyday lives. Here are some ways how:

  1. Feed them their favorites. Teens tend to keep their food group pretty small. It’s probably not hard to name the foods that your teen likes whether it is tacos, burgers, hip smoothies, or pizza. You can continue you support the foods they like—just add healthier ingredients. Always look for ways to incorporate veggies.
  2. Keep healthy foods available. Slice fruits and keep them in the refrigerator. Don’t make unhealthy snacks an option. You may feel evil at first, but trust us, they will get hungry enough and suddenly the whole-grain crackers and carrots will be their best friend.
  3. Be practical. Incorporating nutritional habits into your teen’s life should not be a dramatic movement. Instead, it should be small steps taken to a healthier life. Before you know it, they will be asking for the healthy foods. Eating is all about finding the things you like and eating what makes you feel strong. Allow your teen to indulge in the junk food sometimes, but not on a regular basis.

ViewPoint Center can help

ViewPoint Center is a specialty hospital for boys and girls ages 12-17 who struggle with mental health disorders. ViewPoint Center a comprehensive therapeutic assessment facility that is licensed and provides 24-hour nursing. Viewpoint offers comprehensive assessments. Post evaluation, treatment plans are established to meet the unique needs of each student. By the end of the treatment period at ViewPoint, families have a clear understanding of the child’s diagnoses and are offered full guidance on how to move forward and seek proper treatment. ViewPoint Center is dedicated to helping students and their families seek the treatment and care they need to lead happy and healthy lives. We can help your family today!

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