In my last article…(http://wp.me/p1FWVl-gE), I discussed what depression is and how doctors often over prescribe antidepressant pills for people who show mild signs of depression. What I advise as a chef and retreat organizer is using a natural method of preventing depression from happening using quality foods and changes in lifestyle.
Are you a carbohydrate addict? It could mean that your brain is low in serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter produced in your brain that helps with regulating your mood, monitoring your sleep, and controlling your hunger. What’s important is getting the right kind of carbohydrates into your body so that you don’t increase your risk for diabetes, heart disease, and other lifestyle diseases.
Many carb addicts stick to foods like enriched pastas, white rice, white potatoes, and white breads. What you want to focus on are complex carbohydrates that slowly release energy into your bloodstream. This will prevent the sugar high and subsequent crash you experience when eating pastas or white sugars. Some examples of whole grains include brown and black rice, oatmeal, and quinoa. In one of my last online cooking classes I made a delicious brown rice with black beans and a slammin’ spinach salad with papaya dressing. Eating whole grains doesn’t have to be boring at all!
Nuts and Seeds
Brazil nuts are an excellent source of selenium, a mineral that helps to lift your mood and prevent depression. The recommended amount of brazil nuts it takes to keep you happy is about 6 nuts! You can also eat other varieties of nuts like cashews, walnuts, and flaxseeds. They provide a vital vegan source of omega 3 fatty acids. I use nuts and seeds in the base of my raw vegan desserts like brownies and pies.
Dark, leafy green vegetables
Kale and other leafy greens like collards and mustard greens are high in folic acid which combats depression. Try and get a broad selection of greens that are seasonal and local to where you live. These will taste the best and cost less.
I feel so lucky because it is my job to provide the best foods Puerto Rico has to offer. I love my customers that come to my cafe and those that stay with me a little longer for retreats. I would love for you to visit me here at Paradise Wellness in Luquillo, Puerto Rico. You would have access to beautiful, gourmet raw and cooked food that will give you life, as opposed to rob you of your energy. However I know all of you can’t make it, so I’m still working on solutions to get my online classes going so that you can learn wherever you are on the planet!
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