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MOOD FOOD: Balanced Meals that Promote Good Mood and Health

MOOD FOOD: Balanced Meals that Promote Good Mood and Health

Did you ever notice that what you eat and how you feel are connected? Food affects mood, so choosing foods that nourish your noggin will keep you feeling happy, strong, and able to conquer whatever the day brings. Balancing meals with all three macronutrients – proteins, carbohydrates, and fats – will not only improve your mood, but it will also benefit your health.

Protein is vital to keep us alive and can be found in a variety of foods like meat, poultry, eggs, fish, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, and soy products like tofu. Anytime our body is growing, or our muscles are repairing themselves after a bout of physical activity, protein is needed. In addition to rebuilding muscle, protein is used to help fight infection, keep body fluids balanced, and produce hormones.

Carbohydrates are the preferred source of fuel for our body! They are necessary for active brains and growing muscles. There are two different types of carbs: simple carbohydrates and complex carbohydrates. Simple carbohydrates digest quickly in our body and provide us with fast energy – these include foods like fruit juice, dried fruit, crackers, pretzels, cookies, and cake. Complex carbohydrates digest more slowly and are higher in fiber, providing us with long lasting energy. These are found in foods like whole wheat bread, oatmeal, beans, whole fruits, and vegetables.

Fats tend to get a bad reputation, but they are an essential nutrient in our diets. They are the most concentrated source of energy, add the most flavor to our foods, and help us feel satisfied after meals. Fat provides cushioning and insulation for our organs and helps absorb vitamins A, D, E, and K. We do want to steer clear of too much saturated fats (like butter and deep fried foods). We should be including more heart healthy fats like salmon, walnuts, olive oil, eggs, avocados, and seeds.

While you need a well-balanced diet chock full of a mix of proteins, carbs, and fats, there are other elements that help boost your mood too. Make sure you are getting enough sleep to recharge after a busy day. Try to get moving and do something fun with friends and family every day! Enjoying balanced meals and having fun each day is truly the best way to improve your overall mood and health.

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  • October 17, 2022



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“What a wonderful dinner we had tonight for our international families. The food was delicious and well presented as well.”

“Thank you for including me today in the food waste demonstration/[chef competition] and flattering me with the role of “judge.” I will proudly don the [Stop Food Waste Day] apron the next time I plan an “event” in our own kitchen. I think this is a very worthwhile cause and the statistics you read off are staggering. They, alone, can intimidate a home chef, let alone be the “driver’ for a professional one.”

“Thank you and your staff for all the care and thought you give CSW adults and students. You approach events with such care and elegance- I don’t know how you do it! Especially day after day. Please thank all your staff for their wonderful work and kind manner with all of us. Here is to a great year!”

“Many, and I do mean many, thanks for a great Parents Weekend.  I heard from so many happy parents and you all work very hard to make it happen.  In gratitude and kindness…”

“We are so thankful and so impressed by your immediate attention to our power outage. It was such a relief to see all the equipment and workers coming in within a few hours of the outage. Thank you for serving dinner to all [the] students in a very difficult circumstance. Please extend our thanks to your workers who braved cold weather to grill hamburgers and hotdogs.”

“With all the prep work from Winterim ramping up and classes continuing as usual, it's a busy time to be a Forman teacher. Imagine my delight, tired as I was, when I delved into the upscale-restaurant-quality chicken parmesan our dining hall served last night. Forman is all about support, and providing our students with a dinner of that quality is just as important a measure of support as anything that happens in a classroom.”

“I can’t thank your entire team enough for the outstanding service, food, displays, everything!  You are a master at detail, and because of that Adam and I were able to focus on the parents.  I know what a sacrifice pulling off a weekend like this means, we are so appreciative and grateful to you all for your talent and generosity.”

“I ALWAYS feel spoiled by the meal offerings at CSW (The Cambridge School of Weston) and am entirely grateful for it. As I eat today's delicious and lavish lunch (and think about yesterday's as well), I can't tell you how much I feel so well cared for here, both with the food and by the dining hall staff. CSW cares for us in so many ways, both big and small.”

“Thank You! Chef Budd [and team], you overcame a new online ordering system (and hundreds of labels daily!), provided creative and healthy menus, continued to connect with local farmers to incorporate locally sourced ingredients, and worked tirelessly to serve the school community on three campuses.  While it feels like you are all a little like the Wizard of Oz right now, working behind a curtain in a kitchen far away, we sense your smiles and your passion to deliver the best possible service during these trying times. We are all so grateful!”

“I will say that CulinArt has always been a very collaborative partner to T. Rowe Price, listening to our current needs and future goals and suggesting realistic and achievable strategies to meet those goals.  2020 was obviously no exception.  CulinArt also altered other areas of our OCS and pantry programs to create safer environments for all our associates. We can only thank you for your continued flexibility and innovative ideas through these difficult times.”

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