The Joy Diet – Mewsum Wong

Food art by Hong Yi.

Am I happy? When do we ever ask ourselves that question and yet it’s arguably the most important question of all, because happiness affects us both mentally and physically; it affects both our psychology and physiology. The happier we are, the less prone to dissatisfaction and conflict our lives become. Try and imagine that on a global scale – if every one of us was happy there would be an end to war, famine and conflict. Happiness is the cure to bring world peace!

By being happy ourselves we are contributing to the happiness to those we love and those around us too. Happiness – laughing – decreases blood pressure and controls stress levels. More net energy leads to living a fit and long life, increasing productivity along the way.

What we eat also has a huge affect on us mentally and physically – eating, fresh, raw fruit and vegetables contributes to our feeling fresh and energetic. Processed food, with its plethora of chemicals, alters the biochemistry of our bodies in a negative way – making our glucose levels freak out and messing with natural endorphins our bodies produce – eating clean makes us mentally and physically cleaner. It isn’t about being fat or thin, which is beside the point – it’s about how your food makes you feel. Does your food make you feel happy and healthy or heavy and lethargic? There’s your answer – eat what makes you feel good. *Eat Your Greens to Fight Your Blues*

Happiness and mental wellbeing rank highest among people who eat at least seven portions of fruit and vegetables a day, according to a new report commissioned by the University of Warwick. They studied the eating habits of over 80,000 participants in Britain and discovered mental health appeared to increase with the number of daily portions of fruit and vegetables people consumed.

Most Governmental bodies currently do recommend at least a ‘5 a day’ portion for cardiovascular and cancer protection as minimum. Another study done by The University of Queensland found that eight or more portions of fruit and vegetables every 24 drastically improves mental wellbeing. This was from data collected from over 12,000 Australian adults to examine how consumption correlated with their present mental states.

So as the saying goes, ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away,’ – now current research suggests that eating larger amounts of fresh produce daily will keep the psychiatrist away too!

This article was published in the Apr-Jun 2015 issue of Inspire Magazine. Download it here!

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Mewsum Wong

Founder of Raw Food Asia.
Many people will spend the weekend roasting chicken on the barbecue or attempt a Shabu Shabu restaurant crawl, but there is a growing number of people who won’t cook anything at all. We call them ‘raw foodies’. They live by the theory that anything cooked over a certain temperature will be denatured and lose its living enzymes. One needn’t be a raw foodie but just an ordinary fruit lover to join us! So consider recharging your batteries by joining Raw Food Asia at www.