You don’t suffer with an illness without doing research into it and while I was doing exactly that I came across a list of foods which are good for depression. These foods won’t cure depression but they will help promote a healthy diet. Last year I did a brief nutrition course (I’m not a nutritionist) and one of things I learn’t is how the gut can affect the mind. In other words if you are on a unhealthy diet then your mind and brain function will be affected.
Leafy green such as Swiss chard and Kale are an excellent source of magnesium. magnesium is an excellent nutrient that helps with energy levels.
Many people including myself find that they suffer from extreme fatigue when battling depression.
I’m not someone who is a massive fan of general mass market chocolate and in this instance it is only dark chocolate that is beneficial. It should contain no less than 70% cocoa but try to eat as close to 100% as possible. Cocoa helps improve the mood, it has a good source of B12 and iron too. When I run, I will have a square before and two after. It also helps burn fat.
Grass fed beef
Sorry Vegetarians and vegans. Beef that is raised in green pastures contains high levels of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). This is a good fat that helps combat stress levels and also helps break down belly fat.
Outdoor reared Lamb contains a good level of Iron. Iron helps promote a stable mood.
Natural Greek Yogurt
This dairy pick is packed with more calcium than you’ll find in milk or regular yogurt, which is good news for your mood. Calcium gives your body the “Go!” command, alerting your brain to release feel-good neurotransmitters. As a result, inadequate calcium intake can lead to anxiety, depression, irritability, impaired memory, and slow thinking. Greek yogurt also contains more protein than regular yogurt, making it a terrific stay-slim snack. Stay away from low fat versions as they contain added sugar.
Honey is an excellent alternative to sugar to sweeten your cereal or meals. Unlike sugar, Honey does not make your blood sugar level spike dramatically and won’t store as fat as easily as sugar does. Honey is also a natural anti-inflammatory and helps keep the brain more stable and reduce inflammation.
I love eggs! They can be poached, scrambled or boiled. I just love them. Eggs are a great source of protein, Omega-3, B vitamins and zinc, all of which help promote a better mood. Eggs are also filling and a couple for breakfast will help you lose weight if you are on a diet.
Coconut is great for improving your mood but eat it in its raw form to get best results. I also cook with coconut oil which is much more healthier than your drippings and sunflower oils.
While battling my current bout of depression I have been able to snack on a handful of mixed nuts, seeds and coconut. I always make sure pumpkin seeds are included as they contain an amino acid known as tryptophan. Tryptophan helps generate serotonin in the brain. Pumkin seeds will help back up the anti-depressants you may take.
There are more foods and I will update this list later on.