Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Foods the help you cope

Carbohydrates are linked very strongly to production of serotonin. But this is the stuff that gets your teeth all gooey and makes you fat and makes your blood sugar go up and more prone to diabetes. Foods rich in carbohydrates are yams, potatoes, wheat, rice and other cereals. However, keep in mind that there are some people who get more depressed after consuming white rice. So monitor your food consumption and your moods. I love fried rice. It clams me. make sure the rice is well cooked. If you eat dry rice and drink a glass of water the rice will absorb the water and expand and tear your stomach apart. So make sure that rice is soft and moist. Kinda creepy but I gotta let you guys know. Cereals are always good. get some bran granola stuff.

Vitamin B6 is a good source of selenium (an antioxidant mineral), which helps soothe the body. Some foods that are rich in Vitamin B6 are poultry food, groundnuts, beans, peas, fish, eggs, and dark green vegetables. Try hard-boiling some eggs. It usually takes 30 minutes. And you can color the outside shell. I draw little bats on mine with a sharpie. Maybe try writing your problems on the egg shell then break it open and eat the hard-boiled egg. "Gas prices are too high" or "my boss doesn't know there are seven days in a week yet he gets paid more than me". *breaks open shell*
*eats egg*
I feel better now.

Vitamin C is a good source folate which makes serotonin. Foods rich in vitamin C include spinach, peas, legumes, oranges and other citrus fruits, However, be careful not to overdo on the Vitamin C, since excess consumption has an adverse effect on the body. So maybe a glass of orange juice once a week maybe. Spinach once in a while.

Vitamin E is an antioxidant. If you are low level of Vitamin E it can lead to heightened anxiety and depression. Foods rich in Vitamin E include oils such as canola oil (use with moderation since it is high in fat), chickpeas, wheat germ, oats, green leafy vegetables, sprouted beans, egg yolks, seeds and nuts. So keep some lettuce in the fridge and get a can of cashews or peanuts. Have a little handful each day. I should try this instead of chocolate. But my mom always used to eat nuts. So I don't like to keep a can of nuts around. Kinda freaks me out.

Foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids
help prevent heart diseases, stroke and cancers, and stabilize mood swings. Salmon and mackerel are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and contain selenium. But where the hek are you gonna find that stuff? So some other sources of omega-3 fatty acids are seeds, nuts and flax oils. So you should eat nuts and you won't go nuts.

Water is the most important thing that you can take in that will help alleviate depression and anxiety. When your body is dehydrated, your body is affected in many ways, ranging from problems with liver functionality as well as brain impairment. Try to stay away from coffee, tea and soft drinks. They contain caffeine and may dehydrate you more. Soft drinks are the worst. Most soft drinks will dehydrate you. Keep a glass of water by your bed side. And always drink water if you start to cry. I cried yesterday and now I have a headache. Headaches are caused by dehydration. I didn't even cry that much.

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