The Ultimate ‘Food For Thought’ Diet!

The Diet Which Can Affect A Person Intimately, Emotionally And On A Psychological Level

Life has that unique ability of throwing fast and unexpected curve balls that can change their entire path. A usually unmentioned part of dealing with these prodigious events are the parts which affect a person intimately, emotionally and on a psychological level. The events and a person’s instant reaction may be driven because of an intense internal combat with feelings of inadequacy and failure. It is best to resolve these emotions because they can cause a deeper internal conflict and before they drive a person deeper into depression. In dealing with this turmoil, a coping mechanism for some is get professional help. Others may turn to religious beliefs and some may even turn to substance abuse. Feeling down and mildly depressed occasionally are quite normal bodily functions, but one way of helping yourself is to eat properly.

 

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates who is noted to be the Father of Modern Medicine said this during his 90-year long life. Having a great, healthy and varied diet does not only cause a physical change. Thanks to the chemicals these foods release in the body, a great psychological lift can be given especially during tough and depressing times.

Here are examples of a few additions to a meal that will boost your mood if you are feeling a bit blue.

A Little Over Time

Having a little protein with each meal is usually a statement made by body builders or fitness enthusiasts. The scientific reality is that tryptophan is one of protein’s building blocks helps with depression. Do not consume processed foods to get this protein as these are poor sources and will cause more harm than good. The best sources of protein are fresh meat, game, shellfish, eggs, milk and non-processed cheeses. For the vegetarian crowd, nature has seen to it that you are not left out; nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, and green leaf vegetables such as spinach are also great sources of protein.

Healthy Oils

The consumption of excessive oil is known to lead to a variety of ailments of all of which can lead to a premature death. What is hardly spoken about though are the categories of oils which contains many healthy compounds. These compounds help with the increase of high-density lipoprotein (good cholesterol) and in some cases the omega -3 compounds they release can help with depression, increase cognitive function, and prevent mood swings. Great omega-3 sources are salmon, mackerel, herring, trout, pilchards, sardines, cod and high-quality supplements.  

Sweet Escapes

Having sweet treats such as chocolate among other goodies can help in battling momentary depression. Even with the consumption of chocolate, though, having an overly processed version will not help.

Dark chocolate releases endorphins in the brain which enhance mood and lead to a better feeling of well-being. A vitamin D deficiency is linked to mood swings, having a whole grain cereal with milk helps in preventing these swings. Another healthy snack is including a full-fat Greek yogurt with honey and granola.

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