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Food and Mood

How a balanced diet can improve your wellbeing.

We've all heard it said that 'You are what you eat'. Like most clichés, there's a lot of truth in this: A healthy lifestyle is good for not just your body, but your mind and soul too.  

You've probably been told hundreds of times that eating well is important for weight loss and physical health. This is all important, but the benefits of eating well go further than this. A healthy, balanced diet has a big impact on how we feel mentally: our mood, energy levels and self-esteem are all affected. 

Think about it: you may have heard people talk about how the body is linked with mind, but actually, your brain is a part of your body! So, by looking after our bodies, we naturally look after our minds too. 

8 top tips for thinking about food and mood

You can also read the information on the Mind website

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How does this work?

The tailored approach LiveWell Dorset uses to come up with solutions to the things that are stopping us achieving our goals, is based upon work done by University College London developing the COM-B model of behaviour change. In this model, all behaviour is influenced by understanding a person’s capability to change, their opportunity to change and their motivation to change. By understanding which of these is the biggest barrier to change, we can tailor support accordingly. This model of behaviour change is at the centre of the support we offer, online and in person.

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