Neurology Diet: Changing your Mood with Food
With neurological disorders, we can often feel helpless and out of control without the help of doctors or medical professionals. However, there are some changes you can make in your own diet and lifestyle to limit the damaging impact some neurological conditions can have on your general mood and every day behavior. We recommend adhering to a diet rich in fiber, proteins and high quality fats to give your body the energy it needs and keep you physically and mentally fit.
Go on the Mediterranean diet: Studies published by a Psychiatry group in 2009 suggested that people who follow a diet similar to those in the Mediterranean (rich in fruits, veggies, nuts and complex carbohydrates and fats such as olive oil) are over thirty percent not as disposed to have depression in comparison to people who eat diets with a lot of fat and meat. Our friends recommend a diet rich in fiber to help give you energy and feel full so you can achieve more throughout the day. Olive oil also helps people with cognitive disorders and may even help prevent other diseases that lead to mental deterioration.
A Daily Mediterranean Diet Example:
Breakfast – plate of organic freshly cut fruit like apples and strawberries
Snack – Small handful of raw unsalted almonds or other form of high fiber nuts
Lunch – Bed of lettuce and chicken breast drizzled with pepper and olive oil and white vinegar salad dressing
Snack – Raw veggies and hummus
Dinner – Small red potatoes, 4 oz of wild salmon and 1/2 cup of green beans
Making small changes in your diet can really help your overall health and mood levels. People who consume a lot of white sugars and high dairy fats and creams not only are at risk for obesity, high cholesterol levels and on the path to having heart problems, but they are also more moody, and frequently subjected to feelings of depression.
The expression and quote “You are what you eat” rings true in this regard.
It is also important to remember to get a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise 5-6 days week. This exercise should get your heart rate up and should be more than basic walking. Some examples of exercise include skipping, running, power walking, aerobics, kick-boxing, going on the treadmill or elliptical, spinning or riding your bike.
Doing regular exercise helps the heart and also lifts the spirit. By doing exercise, you release negative energy and tension and you are less inclined to have mood swings and feel stress.
If you make these adjustments to your regular routine, you will be surprised how much better you feel. Not only will you lose weight and feel trimmer every day (and fit your clothes for summer!) but more importantly, you will help combat and fight off signs of depression and mood swings which not only affect your mood and quality of life, but can hinder relationships between you and others. Make these changes and be amazed at how much better your life is. We wish you all the success and please let us know how you get along and how these changes have positively impacted your life. Blessings and to your health!