It's Genetic said...
Thank you for responding Lee_S, I may not have expressed myself as clearly as you might have wished, so I'll give it another try.
Meats are very good for you, but we eat too much of it, as a general thing, and it's more difficult to digest than other "light" foods such as fish, lamb, etc. You certainly need meat in your diet, just not at every meal during the day and not every single day of the week. It is true that meats contain the vitamin B complex, but other foods do, too. I've read that having meat four times a week is adequate. (I assume that means for a relatively active person. The lumberjack's diet would be something else, probably.) You have to judge for yourself what your system requires.
All milk products are digested as highly acidic; that's the problem with too much of them; however, if you don't take medications (which also have a high acidic residue when digested) you may get along well with some milk in your diet. After all, it's rich in calcium and you may need that.
Orange juice is almost 100% sugar, according to my internist. So how do you get your vitamin C? You get it in fresh salads and vegetables, fresh fruit (better than just orange juice because it contains the bioflavonoids that are very good with the orange slices.) Meals should contain a fresh salad every day.
The typical American diet has far too much sugar in it and too many
white flour products. You're better off to go with whole foods and
fresh foods. Canned foods are considered "dead" food by some
nutritionists. Please go to a site called Alkaline foods.com to get a
good look at the foods which should be added to your diet to get more
foods of that type. Then go to Acid-reacting Foods.com to
get a clear understanding of which foods tend to be acidic in reaction.
The problem isn't so concerning as it might be if you do not take meds that require you to take 4 or 5 medications during the day and night. All medications leave an acidic residue and we all need to be able to assimilate the foods that replenish the vitamins and minerals that medications utilize when they are metabolized. Otherwise, the acidic residue keeps circulating in the bloodstream until the kidneys catch up and can remove it from your system.
That's the significant reason to watch the diet, and it does really make
you feel better in a short time, especially if you eliminate caffeine of any kind and alcohol completely from your diet. In fact, all depressed people should eliminate caffeine products and alcohol from their diets permanently.
They both make depression worse. Doctors will tell you that.
When you feel like it, there's nothing wrong with taking a high quality multiple vitamin, either.
I hope these ideas help.
It's Genetic, thank you for taking the time to clarify your points!
I fully understand now. I did not know that green vegetables also contain vitamin C, so I will be ditching the orange juice (I did drink the so called "100% pure orange juice", but you never know what else it can contain.)
Being somebody who has had weight problems throughout their adult life, I understand that what may work for somebody may not work for somebody else because it took me time to find out what worked for me to be able to lose weight.
I am not on any medication and have not seen a doctor about
any of my psychological issues except for the gluten intolerance. The blood test came back negative for that but as I said before, there is a high rate of false negatives and I used my own judgement as to how I felt after consuming gluten.
I am currently taking a B-complex, fish oil and magnesium supplement. The chromium picolate supplement should arrive tomorrow, so I will see how that goes.
I feel that I am slowly healing, week by week, from consuming gluten, but I still have trouble with this "heaviness" feeling that can be quite debilitating. It stops me from enjoying the things that I should be enjoying. But a good thing happened tonight! I managed to turn on my wii console and have a little fun. And I enjoyed it, too! So there is hope!
Can I ask if you suffer from anxiety? If you do, have you noticed an improvement? How long did it take for you to feel better with that? I think I may have panic disorder because I can freak out in certain situations. I hate being touched around the head and this sets off my panic. I have no idea why being touched around the head panicks me. I guess it's just one of them strange things that depression and anxiety can do to you.
I can be sitting on the sofa and my heart rate will start beating rapidly for no apparent reason, too, setting off my OCD thoughts. I am experienced enough and have done enough research to understand that the thoughts are just a representation of the anxiety and nothing more.
I hope you are feeling well with your issues!