Which Diets Are Worth Pursuing In 2014?

Your diet directly affects your mood.

In January, a study published in the British Journal of Health Psychology found that among young adults, those who ate more fruits and veggies felt calmer, happier, and more energetic in their daily lives. Another from Penn State in March concluded that unhealthy eating makes a bad mood worse. A third in September from University of Eastern Finland found that over a 20-year period, a healthy diet characterized by vegetables, fruits, berries, whole-grains, and lean proteins, was associated with a lower risk of depression, while a diet high in processed meats like sausages, sugary drinks, desserts, and manufactured foods, upped depression risk.

Takeaway tip: Above all, quality is king, and every food choice you make is an opportunity to influence how you feel, both physically and emotionally. In 2014, commit to eating clean, and keep that old saying you are what you eat top of mind, because its literally true.

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