Few people are aware of the connection between nutrition and depression while they easily understand the connection between nutritional deficiencies and physical illness. Depression is more typically thought of as strictly biochemical-based or emotionally-rooted. On the contrary, nutrition can play a key role in the onset as well as severity and duration of depression. Many of the easily noticeable food patterns that precede depression are the same as those that occur during depression. These may include poor appetite, skipping meals, and a dominant desire for sweet foods. The most common mental disorders that are currently prevalent in numerous countries are depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder OCD. Such noncompliance is a common occurrence encountered by psychiatrists.
Is intuitive eating the solution? Andrea Yu Updated December 31, Sheri Phillips Morrow was seven when she first started feeling anxious about her weight. Phillips Morrow attended daily one-on-one sessions and weigh-ins while following a strict low-fat, low-calorie diet. At first, the results were astonishing: over a period of eight months, she lost nearly 90 pounds. But once the program ended and the restrictions were lifted, she quickly regained the weight. In between, she got married, had her first child and expanded her after-school child care business. But the constant dieting put her on edge. The anxiety she felt about dieting and food preparation made her tense and moody around her family. After she gave birth to her second child at the age of 36, Phillips Morrow experienced postpartum depression. She believes that it was amplified by the anxiety and constant failure of dieting. She began to take antidepressants, but even though her mood improved, the stresses of dieting was all-consuming.
If you’ve been consistently following a diet, you’ve probably noticed some perks—like being able to zip up the “goal jeans” you’ve been saving or seeing more muscle definition as fat melts away—but it most likely hasn’t been all sunshine and rainbows. Some other, less desirable effects of dieting might include feeling short-tempered, irritable or just overall down in the dumps. So what’s the skinny on this so-called “diet depression? Trigger 1: Feeling “Hangry” The most obvious reason deserves the top spot. It starts when we’re infants and never ends no matter how old we get: When we deprive our bodies of necessary fuel, we get cranky. The good news: This is a short-term problem that can be easily remedied by adding nourishing, filling foods to your plan. So often, people associate a feeling of deprivation with success, but in order to bring about long-term weight loss, it’s important to fuel your body with the right foods on a plan that you can maintain beyond just a month or two.