Monday, August 17, 2009

Mood and Food: The Connection

What we eat, experts say, has a major impact on our mood and how we feel. In my personal dealings with anxiety and depression I have found a lot of truth in that. I find when I eat right, that is to say a balanced diet including lots of fruit and veggies, I have more energy and I feel more focused and alert. My symptoms just seem more manageable when I practice good eating habits. Conversely, when I don't observe these nutritional rules, I feel lethargic and cloudy. Simple tasks just seem a bit more difficult, and although that is partially due to chemical changes associated with my depression, the correlation between my symptoms and poor eating is evident.

There are certain substances and food that are considered taboo when coping with anxiety and depression, and these deserve note. It is wise to either use the following substances in moderation or not at all, as they can perpetuate and intensify your symptoms:

1. Alcohol

2. Caffeine

3. Tobacco

4. Refined Sugar

Limit the use of these in your diet. Instead eat a balanced diet, three meals a day, and help jump start your system.


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