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Self-isolation: Food to keep you positive

By QMHallsEllie 10 Nov 2020

When self-isolating oven food or a takeaway may seem like the only thing that can make you feel better, but in fact, it will only make you feel worse.

Trust us.

At times like this, it is important to keep your stress levels down and try to maintain a positive mindset.

Not only is eating healthier proven to bust stress but it also makes for a healthy body and mind. Cooking can help to relax and take your mind off these uncertain times, and you never know, you could surprise yourself with your cooking skills!

a box filled with different types of food

1. Leafy greens
It's tempting to go straight for a cheeseburger when you're feeling low and you just want some comfort food, but instead, go green. Leafy greens like spinach contain folate, which produces a pleasure-inducing chemical, dopamine, which helps you keep calm.

2. Turkey
Perfect for boosting your mood, turkey contains an amino acid that releases the chemical serotonin, giving us a sense of calm and even tiredness. It's leaner than chicken and usually cheaper too so a win-win situation! 

a bowl of salad

3. Oatmeal
If carbs are something you just can't live without, instead of reaching for a doughnut, try a more complex carb like oatmeal. It may sound boring but you can add in your favourite spices and fruit to make it much more interesting and tasty. Check out some of the best oatmeal recipes

4. Salmon
It might not smell great but salmon is rich in omega-3 and you can eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It's known to help keep your adrenaline from flaring when you’re feeling tense.

salmon on a piece of bread

5. Dark chocolate
If you are a chocoholic, then this one's for you. Dark chocolate can reduce your stress hormones and contains unique natural substances that create a sense of euphoria, similar to the feeling of being in love, so no wonder we love chocolate so much!

6. Blueberries
They may only be small but don't be fooled - they pack a serious punch of antioxidants and Vitamin C to help with feelings of stress. You can always put them in a smoothie (with banana and yoghurt) to help you get your fix.

a bunch of blueberries

7. Milk
Milk is a great source of vitamin D, a nutrient that can boost happiness. It also contains protein lactium and potassium, this helps relax the body and muscles by lowering your blood pressure. Having a glass of milk before bed will definitely help you sleep like a baby.

8. Avocado
These are packed with Vitamin B, which gives you healthy nerve and brain cells to help stamp out feelings of anxiety. Perfect for times like this.

avocado on toast

Food shopping at Queen Mary has never been so easy, with the QMSU Village Shop located on campus stocking all your essentials foods and not to mention the Co-op. Not only are there TWO shops only a few minutes from campus (Mile End location; Stepney Green Location) but you can also get yourself a 10% student discount there!

Enjoy making delicious food and keeping positive.



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