*First off: Check with your doctor or medical professional before changing your diet.*
So confession: I really enjoy eating. But I honestly like eating healthy food. Although, I don’t really like fruit that much. I would rather eat asparagus than eat an apple. Surprisingly, some fruits are really important to keep depression away.
In my quest to find and try the best foods for depression and for my health in general I got suggestions from our chiropractor and my own personal research. These foods are considered the best foods when dealing with depression.
Green Leafy/Cruciferous Veggies
I eat green veggies every day, all day. Most of my meals contain at least half a plate full of veggies. Partly because I just love veggies 😊. (especially kale) Vegetables, especially green cruciferous vegetables contain large amounts of antioxidants, and chemicals that help balance out gut health.
They balance out your blood sugar and keep your hunger receptors in check (so you don’t feel hungry all the time). They also act as a detox for your body to help rid your body toxins.
I just recently added sweet potatoes into my diet and I could tell the difference in how I felt. I already knew that different foods have different antioxidants which give them their color, and orange foods contain high amounts of Vitamin C.
I found out that sweet potatoes also contain high amounts of Vitamin A, Magnesium, and Vitamin B6. They also promote great brain and skin health. The magnesium helps regulate our hormones (ladies!!) which means that time of the month will be much more pleasurable.
Coconut Oil/Olive Oil
So I totally LOVE coconut oil and olive oil. They are my favorite oils to cook with. Coconut oil is really flavorful has a high heat intensity. That means you can use it when you’re cooking just about anything.
I use olive oil when I’m sautéing veggies, making sauces and even in desserts. What makes them good for you is the amount of good fats they have. Coconut oil has omega 3 fatty acids which are good for boosting and regulating your mood. Olive oil has good amounts of omega 3 too.
Every day when I wake up I drink at least ¾ of a glass of water. It is plain, yes, but it is the basic essential humans need. After having a short break of sugary drinks and pop when I was younger, I decided to only drink them every once in a while.
Now I rarely drink stuff like lemonade, Coke and even ginger ale. It’s a treat to me. I don’t know if I could down a whole can of Dr. Pepper like I used to when I was younger now anyway.
Water is good, and you probably already know that. I think the problem is most people don’t get enough of it.
Guacamole with chips, yum! I love avocados! I just eat them for lunch sometimes with chips, they’re delicious. Avocados are another food with the good fats that help boost your mood and regulate hormones.
I have to be honest, when I was younger I actually didn’t like eating avocados. I thought they were disgusting. But then after I started eating just natural food, I began enjoying them. So now I eat them as often as I can.
Okay, so I’m going to be really transparent here. I put mushrooms in just about everything. I absolutely love them. I would eat mushrooms for breakfast, lunch and dinner if I could. Weird right, I know. My family thinks so too.
I think they secretly celebrate when they have a meal that doesn’t have mushrooms in it. That’s cool. But seriously mushrooms are really good for you. They’re packed with vitamin D which we usually lack unless you live in Florida or Hawaii.
Mushrooms are actually an edible fungus, which is bacteria that we can digest. It’s good bacteria that does wonders for our digestive system. Since your digestive system works a lot with your brain, that means your mood will be boosted and your tummy troubles will be straightened out.
Nuts and Seeds
If you’re looking for a snack that’s good for you and kills hunger nuts and seeds are the best. I eat pumpkin seeds and raisins during the fall and winter because that’s when they’re in season. In the spring and summer I eat almonds.
Nuts and seeds are full of natural protein and vitamins. They are full of zinc, vitamin e, vitamin d and other good stuff. They’ll keep you full and boost your mood while fueling your body with the energy.
They’re one of the only fruits that I like. I really don’t care for fruit, so I have to make myself eat it sometimes. I usually eat it at breakfast when I fix our kids a bowl of mixed berries to go with their meal.
Blueberries are full of antioxidants and brain boosting chemicals. They have high amounts of fiber which is good for digestion (i.e. doing your duty).
In the evening, my husband and I love to sit back and drink a cup of tea. It’s really relaxing after a long day. Sometimes we drink it for breakfast, but we really like it before we go to bed.
You can choose what type of tea you want to drink by how you want to feel. Green teas are good for energy, and chamomile and lavender are good for calming. There are so many different combinations of flavors you can pick one that you like and drink it whenever you need a boost or want to relax.
What I Avoid
It’s bad for your teeth and for your body. Sugar ruins your immune system, puts your hormones out of whack and too much can cause terrible illnesses. Stay away from the sugar!
I found out last year that I was allergic to wheat and so I began eating a gluten-free diet. Wheat and gluten were a part of my gut health problems so I cut back almost completely.
If you aren’t having any gut health issues, then great for you! If you are I would suggest to cut out gluten as much as possible. That means avoiding foods made from wheat including pasta, bread, processed foods and desserts.
Like I said already, I only drink juice or pop for rare occasions. It’s full of sugar and not a great source of hydration because sugar only makes you more thirsty. It’s like a trap. I would stay away from the sugar beverages.
It’s full of sugar and unless it’s leftover Halloween candy, I usually don’t eat it. I keep my back turned when I’m in the checkout line in the grocery store.
I’ve never been a fan of these. I think that they are terrible for your health and can damage it more than a cup of coffee because of the combination of sugar and caffeine.
I’ve never been a coffee drinker. I tried it when I was younger, but I just couldn’t get into it. If you are, don’t feel bad. I understand. I have family members that are. Too much caffeine though is not good because it’s a drug and you can become addicted to it. I even avoid it in my tea.
These are all suggestions for you. If you don’t like some of the foods, don’t try to force yourself to eat them. There are plenty of different foods to try. Eat what you enjoy. And remember to add to your diet before you start taking away.
I hope you found this info useful and relevant. Comment below to tell me what you think. Have you ever tried any of these foods?
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