Food for the Mind

The connection between what you eat and why it affects how you feel has long been established. It is unfortunate that people suffering with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or addiction rarely have the energy or enthusiasm to prepare healthy meals. It is just easier to consume a burger and french fries or a pint of chocolate ripple ice cream and a bag of potato chips.

Numbing the Emotions

This type of diet, besides being fattening, has a way of numbing your emotions. When people are suffering with mental disorders their body may crave carbohydrates. This is because high-carb foods can increase levels of serotonin, a brain chemical that when elevated makes them feel less stressed and happier. This is a sub-conscious way of self-medicating their painful emotions.

Drugs and alcohol along with sleep disorders such as insomnia and nightmares complicate matters by adding nutritional deficiencies caused by distortions in a person’s thinking ability.

Begin a New Day

Taking more control of your life should begin with taking responsibility for what you put into your body. Many people who go through life experiencing mostly low moods or depression also have weight gain problems because of their poor eating habits. Now let’s not start feeling guilty about being over-weight. Let’s just begin a new day with new, healthy eating habits.

The Sluggish Grind

Your body needs high-quality food to build the chemicals your brain needs to keep you thinking positively and on the right course. A shortage of nutrition will grind you back into feeling sluggish, depressed, fatigued – even angry and aggressive. Shortages of vitamins and minerals affect your thoughts and actions leading to irrational thinking.

Sit at the Table, Not Over the Sink

A nutritious diet is a fairly simple thing to begin. It does require making a few changes however. First, stop eating over the sink or with your head stuck deeply into the refrigerator. Next, start eating at about the same time every day. This will help lower your stress. And try sitting at a table with a plate, napkin and eating utensils.

Choose Wisely

Starting your day with a simple, whole-grain cereal or whole-grain bread is a good beginning. And how about a nice sliced banana or berries in that cereal? Try having a nice crisp salad every day. They even sell those at most fast food burger places these days, along with a chicken sandwich instead of that burger and fries you usually eat.

Better Diet = Better Mood

You don’t have to turn into a health food junkie overnight. Just be responsible in what you eat, and understand that a better diet will make you feel a whole lot better. Each week try to have a better diet than the prior week. A healthier diet will improve your health, help you sleep better and give you something positive to think about. Start living a healthier lifestyle. 

This report is not a diagnosis. We hope this information can guide you toward improving your life.

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