53. More on Depression and Diet

Another entry from www.paleoworks.wordpress.com. Again, this is for your consideration. As a group of people with depression, we have put too little emphasis on how our diet affects our depression. I found this blog site as a starter for you to do additional study on your own.

 “One of the unintended consequences of decades of terrible health advice (eat low fat foods, avoid red meat and saturated fat, do endless cardio on machines while indoors) is that being healthy becomes miserable drudgery.  Good health

and diet should be joyous and life-affirming.  If it isn’t we’re doing it wrong” – J Stanton Gnolls

What’s needed is a simple sustainable, easy to understand solution…one that school children can follow and understand. One that stays with you for the rest of your life and doesn’t require periodic renewal of memberships or revisits to clinics.

It is not our intention to point the finger of blame at anyone for the current situation we find ourselves in. Further reading on this and the historic events that led to the present day situation can be found in the book Why we get fat (and what to do about it) by Gary Taubes.

 If we look at the biological evidence, we find that the single biggest cause of obesity is in fact due to chemical imbalance within the body thus causing the production of key hormones to be disrupted. Therefore stabilization of this hormonal imbalance is where we will find the real solution. 

So why should this happen? Why are so many people affected? Why are we getting fatter? Why are we getting sicker?

If you look at the rising numbers of overweight and Obese people today and the volume of autoimmune and degenerative disease – Metabolic Syndrome, Cancer, Heart Disease,  Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, DepressionArteriosclerosisNephritis, Asthma, GERDOsteoporosisStroke – what you will find is a close correlation with high carbohydrate intake, in particular refined carbohydrates and sugar contained in processed foods which make up a significant proportion of the western diet.

Why is this so? This is the body’s response to foods it does not recognize and thus is unable to process in the manner it was designed. We have evolved on a diet high in natural fats, protein with moderate fibrous carbohydrate, increasing seasonally with the availability fruits, you will all be familiar with the term ‘fattening up for winter’.

Never in our history have we be exposed to the level of carbohydrate we are today, never in our history have we been in such poor health.

About Patrick Day

In 2010, I escaped from four long years of deep, dark depression. This blog shares lessons I learned from those years as depicted in my autobiography - How I Escaped from Depression - as well as other insights about depression and anxiety that only come from someone who has gone through it. When you have a heart attack, you become an expert in heart attacks. When you have diabetes, you become an expert in that condition. As such, I am an expert in depression, with a four-year experiential degree and graduate studies in how to live a life going forward that keeps the ever-lurking Depression at a healthy distance.
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