Can Food—and Food Logs—Be Ironic?
by Joan Kent, PhD
True story. A nutrition client of mine emailed me the morning of his last appointment because he hadn't kept a food log over the course of the week.
Why? He was depressed – an ongoing problem for him – and "taking care of mental health" had been his week's priority.
I have great compassion for his ongoing depression and do understand the shifting priorities. But skipping his food log – which usually goes with skipping good nutrition – due to the depression seemed like a 'Gift of the Magi' type of irony.
My field is psychoactive nutrition, how foods affect brain chemistry, and I've been trying to get this client to follow my instructions – to assist with his depression, his ADD, and his diabetes.
It would take too long to list his reasons for not making the one and only change I've asked him to make so far, but we're still at square one.
Don't Let This Happen to You
Don't underestimate the power of food.
If you really believe that food is just calories in / calories out, you may conclude that what you eat doesn't matter.
But if you know that foods are powerful psychoactive drugs, you'll see that sticking with a plan that uses those food properties to help your mental state is a better way to go than random and careless eating.
Anxiety, mood swings, depression and other mood issues are more controllable than you may realize – and without drugs. I would love to help. Just visit www.LastResortNutrition.com and grab your free Last Resort consult. A few changes can shift your moods for the better, naturally. It's worth it.