What to Expect
Congratulations! You're taking the first step on a new and exciting journey that uses food and diet to help address your health conditions. That means you'll be making some positive, but necessary changes to how and what you eat to improve your health. In your meal planner you'll no doubt see recipes and ingredients that may seem unfamiliar and new. That is the point and intentional. If you have serious health conditions, it is very likely that you should not keep doing - or eating - everything you did in the past in the same way. You will need to expand your culinary palette and learn to embrace the changes as you journey to better health.
Get nutritional support for symptoms of depression by following the MyFoodMyHealth diet for depression. Sign up for MyFoodMyHealth and for as little as $7.50 per month, you'll get:
- Unlimited access to 100's of delicious, chef-created recipes - most you can prepare in less than 30 minutes
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- All recipes include a nutritional value table
- You can substitute and add additional recipes, such as side dishes, desserts and snacks
- Time-saving weekly shopping lists, pantry basics, and online shopping resources
- Expert information on food and nutrition for depression as well as other health conditions and allergies
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The Easy Way to Follow a Diet for Depression
We know your life is busy. Our convenient, online meal planner makes it fast and easy for you to prepare healthy meals for depression. It's filled with nutritious recipes so delicious and satisfying even the pickiest eaters will enjoy following a diet for depression.
You can even add other health conditions and food allergies so you can prepare delicious food that meets the dietary needs of your whole family.
Easily Support Multiple Health Conditions & Food Allergies with MyFoodMyHealth Meal Planner
Are you cooking for yourself and have multiple health conditions or food allergies? Or do you have a daughter with asthma, a spouse with diabetes and a son who hates broccoli and has a peanut allergy? No worries. Unlike other systems, MyFoodMyHealth takes everyone into account, whether you're cooking for one, two, or the whole family.
To start cooking delicious meals that meet everyone's health needs, simply set up your profile to include the health conditions, food allergies or food dislikes for you and your family members. The Meal Planner automatically generates meal plans and recipes that meet everyone's health needs. It's that easy!
Diet may influence mood in several ways. Certain amino acids and other nutrients act as co-factors in the production of neurotransmitters. Dietary carbohydrates and proteins influence the rate at which neurotransmitter precursors enter the central nervous system from the blood. Foods rich in complex carbohydrates, folate (folic acid), magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, selenium, and tryptophan may decrease symptoms of depression.
A diet for depression should also minimize caffeine and alcohol as they have pronounced effects on the nervous system. While they may give you a quick "pick me up", once their effects wear off you may feel low. So if you think diet influences your mood, it's not just in your head!
Please Note: This meal planner is all about controlling levels of blood sugar so they do not spike during the day. Each serving has less than 50 grams of carbohydrates and less than 10% saturated fat. We follow the general guidelines and do not assume more exclusions than listed.
If you need more specific food removals based on professional recommendation for your condition, or the severity of your condition, you are able to add more specific removals on your "My Profile" page.
Foods Especially Included in the MyFoodMyHealth Diet for Depression
- Plant protein
- Moderate whole grains
- Moderate animal protein
Foods Especially Excluded or Limited in the MyFoodMyHealth Diet for Depression
- Tropical Fruits
Delicious Foods to Eat if You Have Depression
While your meal planner will exclude the ingredients listed above, below are some additional notes about what to consider when eating for depression. These are important to note when you are snacking or making your own recipes. Incorporate these delicious, mood-boosting foods into your diet and meal plans. You'll not only relieve the symptoms of depression, but improve your overall health and vitality.
MyFoodMyHealth's Diet for Depression Stresses the Following Ingredients:
Flavorful Herbs to Eat if You Are Suffering From Depression
Complex carbohydrates (Helps enhance the proper absorption of tryptophan. Carbohydrates may also boost serotonin activity in the brain.)
- Pasta, wheat
- Rice, brown
- Squash, winter
Folic Acid (Appears to reduce the high levels of homocysteine associated with depression. )
- Beans, dried
- Bok choy
- Brussel sprouts
- Peas, fresh
Magnesium (Serotonin, the "feel good" brain chemical, depends on magnesium for its production and function.)
- Brazil nuts
- Pumpkin seeds
- Sunflower seeds
Niacin (Promotes sound nerve cell function. Most B-vitamin complexes contain niacin in sufficient amounts for this purpose. They also offer the mood-enhancing benefits of other B vitamins.
- Rice, brown
Omega-3 fatty acids
Sample Recipe for Depression
Turkey Burger with Spicy Avocado by Myra Kornfeld
What is Depression?
Depression is a common syndrome marked by sadness, hopelessness, and apathy. It can affect the way you eat, sleep, how you feel about yourself, and how you think about life. There are many different types of depression. Common types of depression include: major depression, dysthymia, and bipolar disorder.
Symptoms of Depression
- Poor concentration
- Excessive guilt
- Sleep disturbance
- Appetite disturbance
- Sexual dysfunction
- Psychomotor changed (e.g. slowed thoughts and movements, slurred speech, slumped posture)
Causes of Depression
- Females are more likely to be diagnosed with depression
- Family history
- Inadequate social supports
- Stressful life events
- Coexisting illness
- Drug intoxication or withdrawal
Treatment of Depression
There are many types of depression. Treatment for depression may be different depending on the type of depression and the severity and persistence of the symptoms. Treatment for depression can involve a range of therapies, medicines, diet and lifestyle modifications.