So clearly I was feeling a little down the past two days. But a good update is that pretty much everything else I was able to do, just missed out on the blog post and was short of one person to talk about limitless with. So although it may have felt like the end of the world to me in my head, the reality is that I did a pretty good job considering that I’m doing like five 30 day challenges. lol that’s like way too much but it works out because by slipping up I went from a 100% to 70% which seriously isn’t that bad for two days. Anyways, let’s get into a new blog post!
Supplements for Mental Health?
I’m no doctor, not a professional, or have not done any true scientific research so if you take any of this advice you’re taking them at your own risks. I’m still waiting for my doctor to refill my prescriptions so I’m doing this as my own alternative for the time being. And most likely continuing this, when I get my meds as a complementary solution to combat depression. Do your own research before doing anything. I can’t promise you anything.
Random Not Scientific Information Compilation
So the majority of choices I’ve made are based on the recommendation from other YouTubers as well as articles and blogs that I’ve found scouring the Internet. I’m fully taking this experiment on my own at my own risk and do not recommend anyone to follow my footsteps unless you are prepared to take on the risks yourself. Always seek a professional for help, I am not one.
Supplements, Diet, and Lifestyle
I mean in the ideal world it should just be enough to change lifestyle and diet. But realistically the way that we live (modern/North American culture) our lives get in the way, we’re lazy etc. So supplements make our lives easier (albeit possibly more expensive) it’s the route I’m going to take. Because I know it’s difficult for me to make this full fledged diet commitment as well as since I don’t live on my own, I need to eat what my parents make.
1. Eat Less Sugar, More Fruits
What I’ve noticed since I’ve run out of my medication was that I was craving sugar, like candies. (I’m not usually a sweets person so I should have taken this as a sign.) A lot of sources mention that depression can be helped while healing and sealing your gut lining. By preventing or fixing “leaky gut” you can help get rid of candida inflammation. The main thing to do, to start healing your gut is by; cutting sugar, processed grains (gluten containing grains), hydrogenated oils and artificial sweeteners.
So now knowing this information it shouldn’t be too difficult for me to rid of the bad sugars and processed foods. Because I don’t usually eat these things, but can definitely see the influx of them in my current diet after running out of medication.
So the solution, in my opinion, is that if I ever get the craving for sugars; I’ll replace them with my favourite fruits and vegetables!
Sweet Craving Curbers:
Fruits: Strawberries, Blueberries, Apples
Vegetables: Spinach, Kale
2. Less Processed Foods, More Essential Oils
I’ve also been eating an influx of KD. Lol although delicious I can highly see how this may not be good for my mind state. I also have been craving pizza pockets so it’s probably showing me that my depression is hungry lol. So if we want to combat it, it seems that we need to fight this craving and replace it with a lot more essential oils. This is not the first time I’m seeing them as they are also beneficial for body building/becoming fit in general.
So the basic ones that I have seen reoccuring whether as supplements or diet change are: Omega 3, saturated fats, magnesium, vitamin d3 and (lavendar & ylang ylang – don’t think you can eat these though)
So if I ever crave processed foods I’ve come up with my alternatives based on the depression research as well as things I’ve found while researching a better exercise diet.
Processed Food Craving Curbers:
Meats: Salmon, Bone Broth, and grass-fed beef
Snacks: Chia seeds, Flax seeds, Walnuts, Almonds, and Avocados
Vitamin D3: 5,000 IU/day or direct sunlight for 30 minutes/day
Omega 3: 1500mg/day
Just to reiterate the supplements are only necessary if I can’t get them through my diet. Which at this point in time I don’t think I’ll be able to get enough. These are the supplements I’m currently taking.
Lifestyle and Other Changes
I suppose this is pretty much it. But it’ll be paired along with the lifestyle changes I’m taking on with the 30 day challenge. Those are trying to exercise more, drinking more water, and trying to find the activities that make me happy again. Even though I suck at it I think I truly enjoy writing and hope to continue to do more of it. I’m also continuously going through Mind Over Mood and will hope to have completed the chapter by the time of my appointment. That’s about it and I’ll keep you updated 😀
*This content is strictly the opinion of Dylan, and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice or treatment from a personal physician. All viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. I do not take responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition, supplement or lifestyle program.
- View the Log
- Day 1: The 30 Day Challenge
- Day2: Baby Steps and Procrastination
- Day 3: Self Discipline
- Day4: Presence and Mindfulness
- Day 5: Diet, Supplements and Lifestyle Changes