Burnout could be described as mood changes where anxiety, stress and sleep disturbances could be present. It is not a disease, but it affects people in such a way that their health could be compromised as well. In my practice, I’ve observed over the last 25 years how emotional eating of certain transformed food such as chips and sweets may be increased when individuals suffer from burnout.
A recent European study published in July of 2021, was done to assess if there could be a link between food and burnout symptoms. The food groups studied were healthier foods such as vegetables, fruits, berries, whole grain: pasta, bread, and brown rice; nuts and seeds, low fat: yogurt, cheese, and milk; lentils and beans, fish, eggs, poultry, and oils. And on the other hand, transformed foods such as: soft drinks, juices, pastries, cookies, and sweets; as well as red meats including sausages and cold cuts, as well as alcohol and chips.
Food for thought
The Mediterranean way of eating may play an important role in preventing many chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. Wouldn’t be extraordinary if such a way of eating could also help reduce the incidence of burnouts?
Mood lifting results
The results of this extensive research show that eating healthy food such as the ones mentioned earlier is associated with a low level of burnout symptoms. The explanation behind this may very well have something to do with the fact that indeed, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, and lentils are known to be fiber rich foods. The fiber they contain may help the growth of the gut microbiota, by transmitting good signals to the brain, leading to positive changes in the mood.
Let’s try it!
I strongly believe we will see more and more uplifting research in that subject over the years. But as they say, there is no time like the present to start taking care of our brain health one bite at a time.