Step 1 Nutrition

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Nutritional Habits

Most people are more concerned about what kind of fuel they put into their cars than the kind of fuel they put into their own bodies.  The diseases we suffer from are a symptom of eating the wrong diet and having a lifestyle for which we were not designed.  The health of our bodies directly impacts our minds as well as our spiritual lives.  We are called to “present [our] bodies [as] a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is [our] reasonable service.” It is our “reasonable service” because it is fair… God knows our limitations and weakness and he doesn’t ask for the impossible.  And we do it for our own sake (since we’re the ones who benefit directly from a healthy body, mind and spirit) as well as for the benefit of those who have to live with us.

So it can be a simple matter of eating right to help us get back to optimal health, optimal thinking and healthy function.

Basic principles:

  • Eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds and organic whole grains
  • Avoid animal products, processed foods, sugar, processed or refined fats, caffeine, hybridised wheat and alcohol.
  • Eat a good breakfast, a moderate lunch, and a very light supper at regular times with nothing in between.  No snacks! No skipping Meals.

SPECIFIC NUTRITIONAL PRINCIPLES TO TREAT AND PREVENT DEPRESSION:

  1. Eat foods containing FOLATES:

Garbanzo beans (chickpeas); lentils; pinto beans, asparagus, black eyed peas, avocado, spinach, beets, broccoli

  1. Eat foods containing TRYPTOPHAN:

Spirulina, sesame seeds, cashews, walnuts, whole grain oats, brown rice, corn, quinoa, beans, potatoes, bananas.

  1.  Eat foods containing OMEGA 3:

Walnuts, chia seeds, flaxseeds are the best sources but also

Butternuts, brazil nuts, cashews, hemp seeds, hazelnuts, Brussels sprouts, kale, spinach and watercress.

* Vitamin B12 is of vital importance for healthy brain function, and has to be supplemented if you follow a vegan diet.

(American Society for Nutrition 05/21/2012; AminoAcidStudies.org/l-tryptophan/)