Weight Loss, Nutrition & Mental Health
PHD Weight Loss, Nutrition, and Mental Health
According to data from the National Center for Health Statistics in 2014:
- Forty-three percent of adults with depression were obese, and adults with depression were more likely to be obese than adults without depression. In every age group, women with depression were more likely to be obese than women without depression.
- The proportion of adults with obesity rose as the severity of depressive symptoms increased.
- Fifty-five percent of adults who were taking antidepressant medication, but still reported moderate to severe depressive symptoms, were obese.
“Personally, I have dealt with mental illness for most of my life. Before starting on the program at PHD I was taking 80-100 mg of Prozac daily and 5 mg diazepam at least 1x per day. After four weeks on the program I was off all medications. I am continuing to learn how to manage my stress and how nutrition affects my mental health, but I no longer have panic attacks or debilitating depression.” – Courtney, Certified PHD Consultant
When you suffer from anxiety, depression or chronic stress, the last thing you want to deal with is healthy food and confronting the fact that what you are eating just might be contributing to your mental and emotional state. You want gut bomb food, you have that emotionally driven desire to hit the drive through and grab some of that carbohydrate heavy comfort food.
There were times, many more than I care to admit, that I thought and even said out loud, “I need a cheeseburger so bad right now!” Of course, I justified my thinking because what I thought I needed wasn’t “as bad as” a drink or a cigarette. Little did I know…
Really, what did that cheeseburger do for me besides make me feel fat, guilty, and inflame my body? There are so many reasons why we should consider more carefully what we are putting into our bodies, but when you are dealing with mental health conditions like anxiety and depression, there are even more reasons to treat your gut with love.
The top three things I did that caused the greatest change in my well-being were
- Commit to a life change with the PHD approach!
- Stop telling myself “I can’t”, “I’m not good enough” and “I’ll never be able to…”
- Embrace the truth that I am WORTHY
Understanding that the way we treat one area of our body is absolutely going to affect other areas is key in overall wellness. You can’t expect to abuse your gut with loads of carbohydrate/sugar and also have a clear healthy mind. Conversely, treating your body with love, in what you feed it, produces happy healthy thoughts and chemical responses in the brain that feed into overall optimal health. Expecting or demanding of yourself that you can/should achieve this on your own isn’t fair and for a lot of us just isn’t possible. It is okay to ask for help, it is okay to need a team on your side. Just like an athlete has a coach, more often than not, we need that too. Having a team to support your journey and guide you toward your health goals is invaluable to your long term and sustainable success!
Fact: Foods with beneficial bacteria (probiotics) help maintain a healthy gut environment, or “biome.” “A healthier microbiome is going to decrease inflammation, which affects mood and cognition.
Awareness Challenge this week: Sit down this week and plan to make a goal, baby steps, of where you might improve in your nutrition.
Check out a variety of ideas here.
Tune in next time; we’ll discuss the affects of stress on the brain (don’t stress)!
In the meantime, if you’d like to know more about living a healthier lifestyle, reach out to us for our professional guidance and support. Give us a call!
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau
Blog Photo Credit: Intervention Services
Cover Photo Credit: zensorium.net
Fact Citation: https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/news/20150820/food-mental-health#2