We’ve heard it time and time again. Positive. Mental. Attitude. Seeing the good in things, the silver linings. Your one stop shop to staying happy no matter your adversities. We’re all for it, and even more so now that a study has revealed PMA can help us bring our healthiest, most vibrant selves.
The study, published in the journal Appetite, reveals that attitude played a significant role in the nutritional choices we make. Surveying the dietary habits of 1,125 adults, those with a more positive outlook (or “promotion focus”) who were motivated to live a healthy lifestyle, were more likely to follow through with good nutritional habits, versus people with a more negative mindset (“prevention focus”)— far more concerned with AVOIDING unhealthy behaviours.
What can we take from this? It’s NOT about what you CUT OUT, but all the colourful nutrients you can flood your diet with. As with most things, by rooting your intentions in negativity, the fruits of your labour are far likely to be as juicy. If a healthy lifestyle is something you want to make stick, then don’t approach it from a place of guilt, hatred and restriction— rather think of the empowering steps you are taking to look after your body, and be proud.
Forming healthy habits can take time, and it’s important to understand that there’s no quick fix. Cutting carbs and sugar might result in some immediate short-term ‘results’, but these are far from sustainable choices. The study shows that those who choose to focus on the goodness which can be ADDED to their diet reap the most benefits of a long-term healthy lifestyle.
So the next time you dismiss the connection between food and mood, think again!