Changing your diet to help with depression
Changing your diet can help to rebalance your body and your brain. It is surprising how much of a relationship there is between the food you eat and your body's and brain's biochemistry. Food is information for your body. Your body needs to get a signal of calmness, that all is okay. If you are suffering from depressive thoughts, changing what you eat can be a good start to help you feeling more positive and calm. It is worth a try! In my clinical experience it has shown to make a bog difference. Food can make this change also because it can beneficially affect your microbiome (the ecosystem of bacteria housing in your gut/intestines) and through this our gut-brain signalling. The most important switch you would need to make food-wise is to avoid typical processed foods like breads, pastries, white pastas, sweets and turn to "real" natural foods, such as eating more vegetables, fruits, non-processed good quality meats, fish, eggs. Such a diet naturally limits inflammatory foods, promotes nutrient density and controls blood sugar balance which can help with depression.
What You'll Need
- Organize yourself and your cupboard to make way for the changes in your diet
- Buy whole, good quality foods to stock your fridge and freezer: meats, fish, eggs, vegetables (all shapes and colours please), fruits, nuts and seeds
- Get yourself some good recipes for healthy meals, for example: www.101cookbooks.com; www.christinebailey.com;www.ameliafreer.com
- Buy or make sure you have some good cooking equipment: blender, pans, slow cooker, kitchen machine, good knife
What You'll Do
- Eliminate possible allergens (such as gluten, dairy, soy, corn)
- Eliminate all processed foods (inclusing processed, refined sugar)
- Do not avoid/restrict healthy fats like grass- fed meat, eggs, nuts, avocado, olive oil, coconut oil, fatty fish (salmon, herring, mackerel)
- Eat Mindfully
- Include fermented foods to boost your inner bacterial ecosystem (microbiome) such as sauerkraut, prebiotic foods (asparagus, flax seeds, oats) and maybe add a good quality, rsearched probiotic supplement
Tips & Warnings
- Everyone is biochemically different so to tailor the diet that is good for you and for optimal results please see a qualified healthcare practitioner, such as a nutritional therapist.
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