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How What I Eat or Drink Affects My Depression
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Considering alcohol is a depressant, I'd imagine my former daily and nightly regimen of energy drinks and vodkas (until I either couldn't drink them or afford them anymore), before eating something cheap and deep-fried with hot sauce on it for dinner, might not have been helpful to my depression or overall well-being.

Fast-forward to today. I try to eat early, often, and as healthy as I can. I'm mindful of everything I do or don't put into my body, all day long and daily.

I read about what is or isn't helpful, as far as diets go, for people with depression, anxiety, and the random others I have and deal with, humbly I like to think, anyway.

Vitamins are important. All the basics you've ever heard were good for you are – the B's, C's, and D's are the ones I find beneficial. So, I try to lean toward foods and drinks with those when I can and I'm willing.

When I'm not or can't , I take supplements. I prefer to get them from food, though – unprocessed and natural ones where possible.

Proteins are helpful, especially in the morning. Eggs and bacon are easy and work well for me. I try to at least cut up vegetables and throw them in with or on top of my eggs, just to be able to say I did it when I write things like this.

While I'm mindful of my diet and what I put into my body, I still eat what I want for the most part  – if anything, just an altered version of what I would have anyway. I eat as healthy as I can, as often as I can. My number one golden rule is to eat something at least semi-helpful as early as I possibly can.

People who live with depression tend to not want to eat early, some won't eat breakfast at all, and that's not good, no matter who you are.

All that has ever done for me is make me hangry. It's a word, look it up if you're not familiar. I've left the house without eating, and it usually gets ugly quickly.

I'm mean to cashiers for no reason, I don't wave to people in traffic who let me go first, it's just unpleasant for everyone involved.

So, rather than risk doing that, if I can't or won't eat a meal before I leave the house, at the bare minimum, I drink a nutritional or meal replacement shake. Boom. Problem fixed. Plus, they're delicious, to be honest.

In conclusion, as far as food and diet go when it comes to depression, I'd say use common sense, do your own research, talk to your doctors, and do what works for you.

We are all unique beings with different needs, lives, and ways of approaching things, and that's a good thing.

 

 

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Brian Brewington

Brian Brewington

Diagnosed since 2019

Brian Brewington has been on the journey of addiction recovery since 2014 and was diagnosed with a major depressive disorder in 2019. A 34-year-old writer and freelancer from Philadelphia, his work has been featured in KEF Audio Magazine, and he runs the Journal of Journeys publication on Medium.com, where his writing first became popular. Brewington still sees a therapist and attends 12-step program meetings regularly. You can read more from him here.

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