Talking about depression is a bit of a touchy subject. People will have varying opinions and few will understand that diet has a major influence on our moods. When I was an Ad Exec, my depression was so bad that I could barely get out of bed and now if I were to fall of the bandwagon and go on a wheat binge, the first place I notice it is in my moods. Why: because various foods (especially Frankenfoods) is a form of stress on the body. I believe that it not only affects us physically, but that it can also can contribute to emotional forms of stress: depression, anxiety and yes, even suicide.
Now I realize that you might think I’m sounding dramatic, but consider this: Researchers in Britain looked at depression and diet in more than 3,000 middle-aged office workers over the course of five years. They found that people who ate a junk food diet — one that was high in processed meat, chocolates, sweet desserts, fried food, refined cereals and high-fat dairy products — were more likely to report symptoms of depression. Then what’s stopping it from progressing in severity to suicide? I’ve seen patients in private practice whose stress levels decreased substantially after putting them on a plan. I changed what they ate, incorporated Chinese Nutrition Therapy and focused on the energetics of food and added in some key supplements. The effects of what we eat linked to stress and our emotional stability is outstanding. So here are 3 foods to watch out for:
We all know the white stuff is granules of Satan and that high fructose corn syrup is it’s ugly twin. When we’re stressed, cortisol levels increase making us crave comfort foods. Problem is the more sugar we feed it the more sugar is needed to create the same effect driving a vicious cycle. Add to that weight gain, lethargy, headaches and digestive issues and wouldn’t you feel more depressed? Simply put, sugar is known to be as addictive as cocaine.
If you haven’t read my blog post on wheat, do so. Wheat functions as an opiate in the body, making you more hungry more often. We become tired, depressed and our digestive system is filled with wheat-filled glue so our pipes aren’t working as efficiently. This is where most people who come to see me believe that going to the bathroom every other day is normal. It’s not.
Before you go thinking that I’m a Paleo addict, allow me to clarify that I’m not. In fact, I do eat grains like soaked & sprouted quinoa and job’s tears, but I believe that people have their proportions all wrong. I’ve seen vegetarians and vegans load up on grains and scream out that meat is acidifying. It’s true, meat is acidic, but so are grains. And I’ve seen cases of people who have such sensitive digestive systems that even processing too much grains leave them feeling lethargic and depressed. The resolution: have smaller proportions of grains and increase the alkaline balance of our plates with vegetables – especially greens. Neurologist David Perlmutter and author of Grain Brain will tell you that a diet high in grains is linked to depression, ADHD, dementia and Alzheimer’s. So if you’re loading up on whole grain goodness thinking it’s great for you, think again. The whole media claim of goodness is nothing short of bullshit.
Now I recently lost someone in my life due to a suicide and I have to question whether it could have been preventable with a proper diet nourishing her way to stability. You see, when there are certain types of stress that we can’t control in our lives, it’s an opportunity for us to take charge of what we can. And diet, is the first step.
In my upcoming pay-what-you-can Stress Detox, you will receive a beautiful plan of gorgeous recipes that are delicious and easy to make. They’ll help ease the stress load and support you through the toughest times so that you won’t fall into the negative smack talk. But as a preview, this Wednesday I’m holding my FREE webinar that will give you some valuable insight on the topic, some incredible takeaways and just a taste of what’s to come with my Stress Detox.
So if you haven’t signed up now to receive access details this evening for Wednesday’s webinar, then what are you waiting for?
So in the meantime, the first step to easing the stress load is by looking at what’s on our plate. It acts as a reflection to how we feel about ourselves and it contains the power to transform who we are from the inside and out. It’s time to take back our plate and go lady balls to the wall. Are you ready?
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