Faith Fitness and Laughter

Link between depression and diet

on March 5, 2012

Morning!  The sun is up and it’s a beautiful day!  Better enjoy it now, by the end of the week, we are going to have rain, rain, rain.  Ugh.  Oh well, God knows what we need.  🙂

 

Happy Monday!  I took a vacation day today, so that I could get caught up on some things, but mostly to get motivated with pricing some yard sale items.  It’s not my favorite thing. By.any.means. 

To raise some funds for our mission trips, my friend Angey and I had some yard sales.  Holy cow pricing those items and getting ready for the big day was pretty stressful.  Who knew that getting ready for the yard sale would mean staying up all night to price and organize it.  Crazy!  I am thankful though, it paid for a great portion of my trip to Kazakhstan.

 

Breakfast:

 

 

I went outside for some natural light, and I found out quickly that not only is it beautiful, but crisp.  🙂

 

One of the things that I wanted to talk about this morning was the connection that your diet can play in depression and anxiety.

I found these tips on the Spark website and thought that they were some really good tips. 

  • Do structure your meals.  Enjoy three healthy meals and snacks around the same time each day.  Structuring your meals will help throughout the entire day.
  • Do eat quality nutrients.  Dieting alone is stressful on the body.  If you have a history of depression or seasonal depression and you are trying to lose weight, chose wisely when it comes to the foods and nutrients that you eat.
  • Do eat plenty of calories when you are trying to lose weight.  Eating less than 1000 calories a day reduces the amount of tryptophan (an essential amino acid that is needed to produce serotonin) in your body.  When serotonin levels drop, this increases your risks of depression.
  • Do consume plenty of Omega-3’s.  Studies show that a population that eats plenty of heart-healthy fats, has a lower risk of depression.  Examples or these are: salmon, sardines, mackerel, soybeans, walnuts, eggs fortified with Omega-3’s, and ground flax.
  • Do cut back on caffeine.  Caffeine is a stimulant and could cause you to feel anxious.
  • Do avoid alcohol and drugs.  If you are taking medication for your depression, alcohol and drugs will interfere with getting better.
  • Do eat plenty of “good” carbs.  Good carbs increase the serotonin in your brain.  Try to avoid “white” carbs such as; white bread, rice and flour.  Instead, reach for the whole grain items such as; wheat bread, brown rice, and whole grains.  Fruits and veggies are also the way to go!

 

Depression can have a huge effect on your trying to lose any amount of weight.  Depression can cause you not to care about anything, which in turn causes you not to take care of yourself.  Having a balanced diet will motivate you to want to get out of bed and take care of yourself. 

**Remember, I am not a doctor, nor am I a trained dietician.  Contact your medical care provider before you start a new diet plan, or have any questions about depression and anxiety.

 

Workout:

It’s week two of the Ripped in 30 Challenge!  I will be doing level two this week and I am hoping to kick it up a notch with the intensity.  

 

I am off to enjoy the rest of the day!  Have a great one!! 

 

 

 

 

 

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