6 Tips for Healthy Eating When You’re Depressed

For people with depressionfueling your body with high-quality nutrition can literally help change your life for the better, according to a slew of studies.

“What you choose to put into your body will influence how you feel physically and mentally,” says Leigh Merottoa registered dietitian in private practice in Toronto. “If you prioritize consuming enough plant-based foodsfruits and vegetables, and healthy fatsand eating regularly throughout the day, it can make a great difference in terms of your overall health and well-being.”

Not surprisingly, people who consistently eat healthy foods by, say, following the Mediterranean diet (which is centered on plant-based foods, olive oiland heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids from fish), enjoy better mental health than people whose diet is centered on red meat and processed foods high saturated fats, sodium, and added sugars. Thats according to an article published in June 2020 in BMJ.

But nourishing your body when you’re depressed is often easier said than done, especially if you feel too low to prepare even one meal, or if you don‘t have any appetite at all. As Amy Gorin, A plant-based registered dietitian nutritionist in Stamford, Connecticut, explains, when you’re struggling with depression, it’s not uncommon to have no initiative to shop for food, prepare a meal, or clean up afterward.

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