February 2, 2017
BEAT THE WINTER BLUES WITH TIPS FROM GIANT/MARTIN'S NUTRITIONISTS
Carlisle, PA. (February 2, 2017) - Winter's dreary and dark days can zap your mood and energy levels, and can result in a type of seasonal depression or "winter blues" affecting what, when and how you eat. While its cause remains unclear, diet plays a role in the prevention and treatment of depression.
Below, GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN'S Food Markets' nutritionists offer their suggestions to combat the "winter blues."
What we eat
- Studies have shown that depressive symptoms are associated with overconsumption of sweets and fast food. Instead, reach for fruits and vegetables, fish, whole grains and olive oil, such as a Mediterranean diet pattern. Diets rich in these foods have been associated with a reduced risk of depression.
- Omega-3 fatty acids have received a significant amount of attention because of their positive impact on depression. Depressed individuals have been found to have lower levels of omega-3 fats in their blood work. In order to get enough omega-3 fats in your diet, eat foods such as fatty fish, walnuts and flax seeds.
- Check out the Savory Recipe Center online on the GIANT or MARTIN'S websites for great recipe ideas.
When we eat
- Our brains rely on a consistent fuel supply in order to function properly so, eating small, balanced meals every 3-4 hours may help to keep blood sugar levels consistent. Going long periods without eating can cause blood sugar levels to drop, which may contribute to feelings of irritability or depression.
How we eat
- Recent studies have shown that negative and positive moods may lead to preferences for different types of food. A series of studies published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology finds that positive moods tend to increase our preference for healthy foods and negative moods increase our preference for indulgent foods. Taking a walk or meditating to boost mood may be effective strategies to improve mood and food choices.
Studies have found that individuals with depression are at an increased risk for cardiovascular disease. With February being American Heart Month, making improvements in diet and lifestyle may not only benefit mood, but it could also decrease risk for developing cardiovascular disease.
GIANT/MARTIN'S nutritionists are available for individual consultations and classes on various topics such as heart health, weight loss, and individualized meal planning. Visit the GIANT or MARTIN'S websites for a complete list of upcoming free classes or to schedule an appointment. Individual consultations are $20 and participants receive a $20 GIANT/MARTIN'S gift card upon completion.
Editor's Note: Before making major changes to your diet, please consult your doctor or a nutritionist/dietitian to help you in your journey toward a healthier diet and lifestyle, especially if you are pregnant or have any other health conditions.
If interested in an interview with one of GIANT/MARTIN'S nutritionists about food, mood and heart health, please contact Samantha Krepps at 717-240-1017 or [email protected].
GIANT/MARTIN'S is committed to working every day to help its customers save money, save time and eat well. Founded in 1923 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, GIANT/MARTIN'S operates nearly 200 grocery stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, under the names of GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN'S Food Markets. GIANT/MARTIN'S employs more than 33,000 associates and is a division of Ahold USA. In addition to working with hundreds of local and regional organizations annually, GIANT/MARTIN'S has a long-standing focus on efforts to eradicate hunger and improve the quality of life for children. GIANT/MARTIN’S is one of the top ten fund-raisers in the country for local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. The company was also recognized as 2015 Chain Retailer of the Year by Grocery Headquarters. For more information visit the GIANT or MARTIN'S websites. Find GIANT and MARTIN'S on Facebook and on Twitter @GiantFoodStores or @MartinsFoodMkts.