Before she became a certified nutrition and wellness counselor, the first client Melissa Eboli helped to battle anxiety through diet was herself.
“I started to have issues with anxiety and asthma attacks, and panic attacks. I’m not one to ever want to resort to drugs,” Eboli said.
So she started to treat herself with an anti-inflammatory Mediterranean diet, “…foods that won’t inflame you, make you have stomach upset, or be bloated.”
That diet helped her get out of her stressed state, and become the happy nutrition expert she is today.
One of the tried and tested mental wellness dishes Eboli often suggest for her clients is this Salmon with Dill Honey Mustard Sauce.
She explains that salmon is a great source of omega-3s and omega-6s—the healthy fat that helps promote the growth of new brain cells.
“It’s anti-inflammatory, and actually reduces inflammation in the brain,” she said.
Increasingly, scientific research supports dietary intervention as an effective way to boost mood.
Recently, the Mediterranean diet, high in fruits and vegetables, fish, olive oil, nuts and whole grains, and little-processed food, was found to reduce symptoms of depression.
The sauce is made of dill, mayo, mustard, and water.
“Easy dish, take less than 20 minutes to make. And it’s perfect for you and your mental wellness,” she said.
Reporting by Penny Zhou, NTD News, New York.