“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
It was over a year ago since I shared this blog post and I feel like it’s the perfect time to re-share it again today, even in these strange times it is still very relevant.
In 2011 the US government replaced the old “food pyramid” (that I spent so many years learning) with a much more visually pleasing food plate which again was to help people make healthy food choices. During this time Dr. Dan Siegel along with Dr. David Rock, created The Healthy Mind Platter. This was prompted from their belief that the implications of poor mind health may be even more detrimental then poor diet and physical inactivity. Siegal and Rocks research showed that our brains can function more optimally by performing seven daily mental activities (“ingredients”) as part of a balanced mental health diet.
I definitely recommend that you click on the link and read the full description of the “Healthy Mind Platter” as it’s very insightful.
To keep it simple, I have created a visual of the Healthy Mind Platter “recipe” and added some simple tips next to each “ingredient.”
Remember that we are all different so the quantity of each “ingredient” you need may differ to someone else, just like the food and drink we consume. What is important is that you do all 7 of the activities each day to give yourself the best chance of optimum mental health .When you have a strong foundation of mental and physical well-being in place, every other skill, behaviour or mindset becomes easier to achieve.
How are you meeting the nutrition for thinking?
Thanks for reading! Please spread some kindness with the world today and take care. ✌