Can your diet make you happier?

It’s here – Blue Monday, the date that has been dubbed as the most miserable day in Britain


It’s thought that today is the one day when Brits are more down in the dumps than any other day all year round. Blue Monday has existed for a number of years now, but it’s more than just a hashtag, it is the result of a formula created by psychologist and life coach, Dr Cliff Arnall.


According to Dr Arnall’s formula, which takes into account variables like weather conditions, the end of Christmas celebrations, debt, failed New Year’s resolutions, and low motivation levels, Blue Monday always falls on the third Monday of the New Year – and today is the culmination of that sum.


As we try to keep positive on this day of depressing days, the Meatless Farm Co might have the answer: adopting a vegan diet. Following a recent survey conducted by the plant-based company, which looked at 2,000 UK adults, 24 per cent of Brits say that eating meat-free meals makes them feel happier, versus only 16 per cent of Brits who report that eating meat makes them feel more cheery.


Moreover, 77 per cent of Brits who agreed that eating meat-free makes them feel happier, claim that it is because of the benefits to their personal well being, as well as knowing that they’re doing something good for the environment, feeling like they’re losing weight, and because they know that the very process of eating meat-free is healthier.


Independent nutritionist, Cat Macdonald, comments on why a vegan diet might make people happier: ‘From purely a nutritional standpoint, there are undeniable health advantages from switching to a more plant-based diet, so it’s something from which most of the population could benefit. Aside from the wealth of vitamins, minerals and fibre provided by fruits and vegetables, nuts, grains and pulses, the health benefits achieved by eating a diet based on these types of foods are well documented.’


Macdonald continues: ‘The latest research shows strong evidence that a diet high in fibre offers strong protection against chronic illnesses like diabetes, heart disease and some cancers. Nutritional benefits aside, compared to a meat-based diet, a plant-based diet can be easier on the environment and be more financially accessible for most people.  Opting for ‘meat-free’ a few times a week will almost definitely do you some good and will likely save you some money.’


Morten Toft Bech, founder of British start up, The Meatless Farm Co, says: ‘For us it’s about ‘kind eating’. We want people to feel healthier and happier, even if it’s swapping one meat meal a week to meat-free, that’s a good opportunity to do something positive, or ‘kind’, for yourself and the planet.’



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