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The Secret to Managing Food Cravings: Part Two

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series The Secret to Managing Food Cravings

frozen-grapes

Aren't those grapes pretty and frosty? Yes, that is a picture of frozen grapes! If you haven't tried them yet you are in for a wonderful sweet surprise.

Frozen grapes are so sweet they can easily substitute for candy.

Confession! I am not handling my food cravings well at all right now. I did pretty well for about two weeks, which seems to be my max but then it only takes one sweet, usually ice cream and then I am off and running for sweets and bread! Eventually I get disgusted with myself, which usually takes a week and I try again to stay away from the culprits! Kind of like my bipolar mood swing, it's a vicious cycle of on and off sweets, but I still think it is better than to just indulge, indulge, indulge without any break which leads to fat!

Fat is definitely NOT a good depression getaway. 

Besides sugar and bread don't make me feel better. Well, not totally true. When I put it in my mouth it feels great but I always want more and more and more and by the time I am satisfied I feel rotten.

So this a reminder to me as well as you.

I am sharing some secrets about managing food cravings. Last time I told you that when I give up sweets and bread I don't crave them anymore.

This time I'm going to share some ideas for substituting for those poor carbs.

Any fruit can be a great substitute for refined sugar, especially for candy. Fruit is full of sugar and not the kind that causes cravings! Frozen grapes are the absolute sweetest.

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The Secret to Managing Food Cravings: Part One

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series The Secret to Managing Food Cravings

icecreamDoesn't that look yummy? Can you resist?

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Bad Day Cookies

Looks like fun, right?

Looks like fun, right?

Today is a bad day. Not a crisis day where intervention is necessary. Just a bad day.

Some days are like that. Don’t even need a reason. But on bad days like this I tend to give up on my coping strategies.

I say to myself “what’s the point? I do everything right, eat right, exercise, get plenty of rest and I get depressed anyways. Why bother? I think I will just go out and get a box of cookies and drown myself in those.”

And I did….

Figured I couldn’t feel much worse, which isn’t actually true because twenty cookies covered in chocolate can make me feel awful. But my convoluted logic says “heck, I feel awful anyways. How much awfuller can I get? I probably won’t even notice the difference.” And I don’t, at least for now.

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Depression Review: Keyword #5 is Lifestyle

This entry is part 6 of 9 in the series Depression Review with Eight Keywords

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How are you coming along with our depression review? Are you learning something new?

We have covered the first four important items: diagnosis, medication, therapy and research. Are you on track?

Well, there is more to do if you really want to recover from this old depression. Like it or not you may have to make some lifestyle changes. Try to think of it as if you were picking out a whole new wardrobe.

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Improve your Mood with Food

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Food for Thought

Improve your mood with food? Is it that easy? I mean it might work and sometimes it has for me  but I must confess that I have a hard time controlling my moods and so the moods dictate the food instead of the other way around. Little did I know when I first saw this 'Canada's Food Guide' chart in Grade 12 health class (1977), that someday I would battle a mental illness and be looking back at that food guide for help.

 

improve your mood with food

We all know how to eat healthy, just like we all know how to budget, but we don't always do it, I know I don't. The discipline to do this goes out the door when depression comes in. But if I can eat well when I am feeling well, then some of that might spill over into the bad times too.

If you need a review to convince you of the power of food over mood, read this "Food and Mood" study at Human Solutions. 

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Peanut Butter for Depression?

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Food for Thought

Peanut butter for depression? Did you know that? I love peanut butter, by itself, on toast with sliced bananas or apples, or just spooning it onto apple pieces, yum! Finding out that it is good for depression is just a bonus. 

peanut butter for depression

Did you guess it? Did you already know that peanut butter has antidepressant properties? (And did you know it was invented in Canada?)

When I was teaching school, I remember hearing advice for calming down an ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) child was coffee and peanut butter. The stimulant of coffee acts as a concentration boost and the peanut butter has calming effect.

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Food For Thought, Part I: Food for Depression

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Food for Thought

Food for depression? Here's my go to food when I'm feeling rotten: first choice ice cream, second choice jujubes and if I have none of that in the house cinnamon toast brings comfort. But they only feel good while I am eating them. Twenty minutes or so and up to a few hours after, I don't feel all that great. But when grab I for those things my mood is low anyways so I figure "I'm already down, how much worse can it get?"

food for depression

Food for depression? How far are you willing to go to feel well? Are you willing to change the way you live? How about the way you eat? Yes, depression has already taken a lot from your life. Changing the way you live is asking a lot I know, but hasn't depression already forced you into changing the way you live anyways? And besides, if some changes would help improve the quality of your life, wouldn't it be worth a try?

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