Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Eat Healthy to Battle Depression

Nevermind that bikini season is right around the corner - if you suffer from depression, stress, anxiety, eating healthy takes on a whole new meaning than just bathing suits.

You've heard it all before, how eating healthy is the number one way to keep weight down, and energy up, but did you know that it also helps to improve symptoms of mental health disorders?
Remember the Canadian Food Guide you learned about in health class during your public school years?  A well-balanced diet of the four main food groups provides you with the proper energy, vitamins and minerals that your mind needs to be at its absolute best. 
Skipping meals is a big no-no, especially if you're on medication to help you.  Breakfast, lunch & dinner are an absolute must, as well as healthy snacks throughout your day.  Ever miss a meal and notice how crummy you feel a couple hours later?  Missing that chance to eat can cause mood swings, irratability, fatigue and restlessness.
We all love a treat once in awhile...but the junk food is something to limit if you're dealing with one or more disorders.  Having high refined sugars and fats can lead not only to a sluggish feeling, and again, mood swings, but also weight gain that could potentially affect your medication and dosage.
Go fish.  No but really, the Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish are one of the easiest foods to eat to stimulate our brain cells, and make them happy.  Our bodies cannot produce Omega-3, and so it must come from fish and other foods.  There is evidence stating that having 2-4 portions of fish a week can help improve symptoms of depression.
Above all, keep a healthy weight.  Not only can a healthy weight help you physically, but it can also boost your confidence in yourself.  Eat well, exercise (even a brisk walk for 30 minutes a day) and sleep 6-8 hours a night to keep a healthy weight.  Your body AND mind will thank you!
As we always mention at the end of our posts, we're always here for you.  Call us anytime of day or night to talk things through.  613-238-3311.
Be well.

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