Hello, Lee_S, and welcome to the depression forum. You already have a good idea of what's wrong by posting on the depression forum. I'm glad you decided to talk to the members about
Omitting white flour products from your diet has already begun to show improvement in your feeling tone, and whether you have a gluten intolerance or not, the abandonment of white flour products in your diet is a strong, helpful thing to do for your overall mental and physical health. In addition, you should consider removing all milk products. That includes milk, cheese, butter, yogurt made from milk, sour cream, cream cheese, whipped cream, etc. Reduce the number of times you have meat in a week. And eliminate sugar from your diet.
(Sugar causes highs and lows that are comparable to some of the mildest highs and lows of bipolar illness.)
The reasoning for this is that the foods listed are all digested as highly acidic, and you need to keep the fluids of your system in a more alkaline state. Look at some things in nature: many animals are meat eaters solely; others are grass-eating animals. Notice the aggressive difference between the two types.
To maintain a more alkaline condition of fluids, try eating more green vegetables, add lots of salads to your diet, avoid all caffeine-containing foods and beverages, and eliminate alcohol from your diet. Both caffeine and alcohol make depression worse.
Take your prescribed medications if you have seen a psychiatrist and
been diagnosed with depression, given medication, and directions for taking it. Be sure you get your rest.
These are the things that my psychiatrist recommended for me to follow to maintain feeling tone in a calm, content mode.
Diet plays a far more vital part in overcoming depression than is generally known. Most of the neurotransmitters are located in the digestive system, not in the brain as is generally thought. So watch what you eat, please!
Drink plenty of water; if you prefer a different flavor for palatability,
add lemon to it. Lemon is wonderful for the body.
Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 8/2/2011 8:23:22 AM (GMT-6)