Eating Away Your Emotions, The Healthy Way
In 2018, about 300 million people in the world had depression. It affects their work, their relationships, and their general outlook in life. Fortunately, there are several effective ways to treat it. Seeking help from therapists, developing new habits, and changing their eating habits are some of these methods.
Eating your heart out is one of the fun and easy actions you can take to address depression. Unfortunately, not all the food in the kitchen can help you feel better as some may make you feel more down. Researchers have found out that sweets dampen your mood just as fast as it boosts it, while fibrous snacks can help improve your emotions. Scott Bea, PsyD once said, “In the case of dark chocolate, it was particularly powerful. People consuming dark chocolate reduced the risk of depression or had a 70% lower risk of looking depressed on the scales that they used,”
Here’s a list of no-no’s and go-to’s when you are searching for happiness in your pantry.
Cross These From Your Grocery List!
“Certain foods are linked to mental health issues such as increased symptoms of depression and decreased self-esteem.” Christina L. Gmyr, LMHC, NCC said. If you can, avoid these foods or consume them in moderation—like, maybe once a week instead of every day?
- Soda. The quick buzz that you get from carbonated drinks gives you a sudden burst of energy that makes you sadder when it goes away.
- Salad dressing. This “sugar-free” accompaniment for your greens usually tempts your eyes in the grocery. Don’t be deceived! It contains aspartame, an artificial sweetener linked to anxiety and depression, which is often used to replace sugar in these dressings.
- Coffee. That morning cup of joe may be a necessity, but excessive cups of it worsen your mood. Like sodas, the sudden boost from coffee will leave you more down when it subsides.
- Alcohol. A glass per day is okay, but a bottle? Not okay. It leads to a lack of sleep or oversleeping, a very wrong combination for your depression.
- Doughnuts. “But I love doughnuts!” Well, who doesn’t? Sadly, these treats have all kinds of wrong fats in it. Plus, it has lots of sugar and is deficient in fiber. It’s a no-no if you are already feeling blue.
Must-Have Items On Your Grocery List
These healthy foods and drinks can fuel your energy and make your happiness last longer.
- Berries. A bowl of strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries can boost your memory, reduce inflammation, and improve your mood.
- Salmon. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, this fish is found to reduce depression. It’s an inflammation-fighting food that reduces the risk of depression.
- Almonds. Composed of healthy fats, almonds boost your brain health. It’s also rich in tyrosine, a compound that prevents a decline in cognitive function, which is extremely helpful during stressful events.
- Matcha. Relax and have a cup of matcha, a type of green tea that’s a rich source of the amino acid L-theanine. It will give you the feeling of calmness in no time.
- Broccoli. This green vegetable is rich in chromium, which can increase your body’s levels of norepinephrine, melatonin, and serotonin, the happiness chemicals. Researches have shown that this is an effective treatment for depression!
Ready to head to the grocery and eat your way to relaxation? “A balanced diet that includes lots of fiber helps keep your gut system running efficiently by helping to support a more diverse gut microbiome.” A reminder from John M. Grohol, Psy.D. Happy eating!