nutrition

Interesting POV on Depression

Happy Tuesday everybody. Hope your week is going well so far. I want to talk about a personal matter today that affects millions of people world wide.

When I was 18 years old I was diagnosed with depression. It really became noticeable after a rough time with losing a friend in high school. I was placed on depression medications and was on those religiously for years. I usually felt just ok when on the meds, however, I did feel that actually aided in how intense my depression became at certain times in my life. Four months after my husband and I started dating I decided to take myself off of my medication cold-turkey and to this day I have not taken anything for my depression. I felt so much better not being on them and still do and wonder just how beneficial they really were for me or maybe that specific medication just was not working as it chemically should as I have matured over the years, hormones and chemicals within my body might be different, but who knows.

Ironically enough, when I stopped eating whole grains and dairy, I noticed that even my monthly boughts of depression were not nearly as severe or did not happen at all. Today I saw this article that Wheat Belly posted on Facebook, and I would like to share it with you all.  It is titled New Research Discovers That Depression Is An Allergic Reaction to Inflammation.

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How does depression, inflammation and whole grains all become linked together? Well at the beginning of the article it states that “inflammation is caused by obesity, high sugar diets, high quantities of trans fats, unhealthy diets in general, and other causes”. Given that breads in general are made up of sugar (which is a carbohydrate) and sugar is a growing problem in our nutrition in society today, seeing that this type of diet could actually be causing you to develop inflammatory issues and leading to depression.  Interesting concept, so please read the article.

The article goes on to discuss how scientists are now looking at how to treat these inflammatory issues instead of going straight to the neurological issues of depression. I like that scientists are looking at other aspects instead of the obvious in order to help treat how we feel. I like that these scientists are looking at how our NUTRITION could play a factor in depression instead of a chemical imbalance in the brain. I mean, it makes sense doesn’t it? Listed above it suggests that different types of non-healthy diets are factors in obesity, which is a disease now. But that is a completely different topic for a different day.

My whole point today is that maybe when I decided to remove myself from my medications it helped, but continued to feel overly depressed when I had no reason to be, switching from a typical American Diet to a Paleo Lifestyle might have helped. Maybe I was suffering from inflammation more so than neurological issues. I have no way of knowing, but what I do know that I am a much happier version of myself when I am not eating lots of sugar. When I do, I crave things more and feel more anxious and that leads me to feeling sad about eating them in the first place.

As I have mentioned before, I am not a registered dietitian or nutritionist, but I am a certified fitness nutrition specialist through NASM. I would share this article with my clients just like I did with you. I am in no way telling you this is how you should think, but just throwing out an idea that I actually believe in and wanted to share with you all in case you are in the same boat as I once was. So just know that how you take this post today is up to you.

I hope to post some recipes this week for you guys that I have enjoyed this past weekend and might be yummy for you and yours to feast upon too!

Have a great Tuesday everybody!

-Courtny

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