Good mental health means something different to everyone but it's generally defined as a state of wellbeing in which a person can cope with the normal stresses of life and are able to actively contribute to their community.
The past 12 months has seen this tested in ways nobody anticipated.
The statistics around the mental health of Australians are worrying, with one in five experiencing a mental illness in any given year. And it's an issue that's more important than ever with the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing restrictions and remote working set ups interrupting everyday routines, impacting livelihoods and limiting the support networks we all rely on.
While there are many critical factors that can influence your mental health, strong research has found that nutrition is one of them. Research shows that it's linked to both preventing and treating mental illness like depression.
However, nearly all Australians aren't eating anywhere near enough of the foods that will help them feel better.
In fact, only 8% of Australian adults eat enough vegetables on a daily basis.
That's where the 50 Day Food & Mood Challenge will help
Over 50 days – eight weeks in total – we will educate and encourage you to eat your way to a healthy gut and healthy mind.
Each week we will equip you with nutrition knowledge and know-how that will help you to make the healthiest choices possible, with a particular focus on the relationship between the right foods to help improve your mood, energy, and so much more.