Nutrition DeStress

Role of Nutrition in Depression and Anxiety

The food you eat, and when you eat it, can play a major role in helping you reduce stress and alleviate depression and anxiety. Our brain is part of our body, and must be nourished and exercised as well if we are to achieve optimal health.
  • Your energy level
  • Your mood
  • The clarity of your thought
  • Your self esteem
  • Your physical appearance

This article is a little primer on basic nutrition, and is designed to help you start to plan your meals and food choices. It's not intended to be a substitute for a physician or a registered dietician. The old saying "you are what you eat" is true. Eat healthfully and mindfully. Eat food that is good for you, and avoid food that is not.

In the most simple of terms, foods consist of protein, carbohydrate, and fat. Humans need all three in order to be healthy. Many fad diets emphasize protein and fat to the detriment of even complex carbohydrates. These diets are ultimately unhealthy and should only be used for an extremely short term in certain people. Proportion and perspective in servings and choices are key aspects to maintaining a healthy diet.

Listen to your body and give it what it needs to be healthy and well. Learn to differentiate between false and legitimate cravings.

Here is some information to help you plan your nutritional intake for each day.

General Considerations
Eating is as natural as breathing. Too often, though, we have grown to associate food with all sorts of non-nutritional things, like comfort, pain, self-loathing, and self-medication.

We recommend a fresh start. Realize that you may have some mental baggage associated with your usual food choices, and make a decision to consider your dietary choices in a thoughtful way. Keep in mind that the true goal is to nourish your body and delight your senses, not to make up for the fact that you missed a job opportunity, or that you have a broken heart. Read more...

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