Smoothies give me life. They keep me energized and motivated to get through my days. They give me the nutrition I need to function optimally: both physically, mentally and thus emotionally, because my mental health and emotional state are inextricably linked with my physical well-being. These days I eat and exercise for my mental health. When I make food, my main focus is: how will this make me feel? When I go to the gym or for a bike ride, it's not to alter my body to look a certain way, it's to release endorphins in my brain so I can maintain a positive mental attitude.