HOW TO EAT YOUR WAY INTO HEALTH
Food is the most obvious source of our energy. When we are depressed, however, our diet often suffers. Some people overeat. A more common problem is lack of appetite. If this occurs, it is important to remember that although you may not feel particularly hungry, your body’s need for fuel continues. Here are some tips on keeping up adequate nutrition during difficult time. I
Eat regular meals. It is usually easiest to eat ( and to control what you eat) if you keep to a routine. Try to have three set mealtimes per day. Ensure that you have enough food at home for all three.
Eat by the clock, not by your stomach. If you have lost your appetite, push yourself to eat at mealtimes anyway. If you have been overeating, try to eat only at mealtimes while sitting at the table. Make it easy. The important thing is to eat, not to cook. Buy foods that are easier to prepare (but keep an eye on their nutritional value).
Make extra. You can cut your preparation time by making larger amounts and by refrigerating or freezing certain dishes for re-heating later.
Make it healthy. Stock up on nutritious food and snacks. Check for calorie count and sodium levels.
Watch your sugar intake. Avoid eating too much refined sugar. Complex carbohydrates are generally preferable (particularly whole-grain products, brown rice, and potatoes).
Avoid dieting. Avoid strict diets, even if you wish to lose weight. It is much better to adopt healthy (rather than restrictive) eating habits and increase ones activity level. Ask your physician for advice before attempting to lose weight.
And exercise, exercise and exercise some more!
SOURCES: Antidepressant skills workbook. Self-Care depression program, 2nd. edition. Page 56. (www.bcmhas.ca. )
PLUS/ The Depressed Anonymous Workbook, 2nd edition (2002) DAP. Louisville. Ky.