Hello Soul Seekers,
Today I went on a forum for anxiety and depression on facebook. I am part of this group,not only because I still have anxiety attacks from time to time but also because I love supporting the members of the group with my Health and Wellness knowledge.
So when I was tagged in a post about “what was your dinner tonight” I got really curious. Once I opened the post and the 236 comments and pictures that people had snapped of their dinner I was seriously floored.
The photo was something like this:
I felt really sorry for that poor person that has to eat something like this. A few things jumped to my mind:
1. Seems he has to eat all by himself
2. How will he feel after he has eaten this?
3. What is going on in his body after a meal like this and
4. How do I say what I think without coming across like a “patronizing…. know it all”.
So, I thought I would tell you instead 😊😊😊
1. Many of us have to eat alone and numbers are rising. If that is you, then how about inviting your friends for a pot luck dinner on a Saturday night? This gives you the opportunity for a good old chat with a real person and also the chance to taste some other dishes. Tip: Make sure you coordinate the menu with each other and challenge each other to be creative. A big salad and a big veggie dish is essential J, then sort out the other dishes and the dessert J. And how about going all out and making it sugar, dairy and wheat free?
Think you can’t make it tasty? Have a look at my recipe that your friends would love.
2. And 3. I am not sure how he will feel after but here is some research for you and how junk food like this affects you:
A fast food diet can cause depression for a number of reasons. The fats found in many fast foods are one culprit. Fast food often contains trans-fatty acids, which, besides clogging arteries, have been shown to cause depression, according to Dr. Almudena Sánchez-Villegas, who studied the diets of 12,000 people for six years. An imbalance of fatty acids may be another reason why people who eat fast food are more likely to become depressed. Ideally, people should consume a ratio of no greater than nine parts omega 6 fatty acids to one part omega 3 fatty acids. A typical order of french fries has a fatty acid ratio of 16 to 1, setting the stage for poor physical and mental health.
The lack of omega 3 fatty acids in fast foods can create a mental state that includes anxiety along with depression. This double-whammy is cause to re-evaluate your diet if you eat many fried foods. It’s not just what fast food lacks that can cause anxiety, however. Fast food is high in refined carbohydrates, which can lead to blood sugar fluctuations. If your blood sugar dips into hypoglycemic levels, you can experience anxiety, trembling, confusion and fatigue.
Anxiety and depression aren’t the only mental effects that fast food can induce. Eating a diet high in artificial colors and preservatives may play a role, as well. A review of related research published in “Clinical Pediatrics” indicates that many artificial colorings, along with the preservative sodium benzoate, increase hyperactivity. Although sugar has not definitively been shown to increase clinical hyperactivity, most people are familiar with the feeling of a “sugar rush,” which can make you feel hyper, jittery or irritable.
Seemingly Healthy Choices
Fast food restaurants are beginning to address consumer’s concerns about the food they eat, but often in a superficial manner. You may see what appears to be a healthier choice on the menu than the usual burger, fries and soft drinks, but this may not necessarily be the case. For example, the Apple Pecan Salad chicken salad at Wendy’s contains 9 g of saturated fat and 39 g of sugar. Another seemingly healthy choice, the Fruit and Maple Oatmeal at McDonald’s has 32 g of sugar. The Fruit ‘n Yogurt Parfait has 21 g of sugar — 3 g more than its ice cream cone. As with other refined carbohydrates, sugar rapidly raises blood glucose levels. This can affect memory and cause symptoms of hypoglycemia when your blood sugar levels subsequently take a dive. Your best bet is to prepare healthy low-sugar, high omega-3 meals at home, and avoid fast food altogether, whenever possible.
All of the above means that he will probably feel really bad after eating this, physically and mentally and emotionally! So why do?
Well, that is another question which I will answer next time J and it has to do with the chemicals in junk food.
- As to the question, how do I not come across as patronizing? Well, that’s a tricky one.
People generally don’t appreciate advice they – didn’t ask for, – they feel judged by and – it would mean that they needed to change something
All I feel I can do, is being a good role model and posting research based information. I do believe that everyone deserves a happy, healthy life!
So know that you know all this info, means that you can’t un-read it!
And please know, I am not a Saint! I love good red wine, crisps or chips and cake and cookies! But when I have them I make sure they are good quality and make me feel happy! Or if not, oh well it’s the exception and not the rule.
Let’s make this world a better place, for what we eat IS how we FEEL!
We all deserve vibrant and vital food that makes us happy 😉 like this:
RAW VEGAN LIME CHEESECAKE
- ½ cup of almonds
- 2 tablespoons desiccated coconut
- ¾ cup dates
- 5 cup cashews, soaked
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- ½ cup coconut milk
- ½ cup fresh lime juice
- Zest of one lime
- 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
- Soak cashews in cold water for at least 8 hours but overnight is best
- Soak dates in warm water for 15 minutes and then drain the water before putting in the food processor
- Add almonds and desiccated coconut to the food processor along with the dates and pulse into a fine grain
- Press the mixture into an8 inch
springform pan or smaller individual tins like you see in the picture. Push down firmly until it is well compacted and even. Put in the fridge to set. This can be made the day before
- Add soaked cashews to the food processor along with lime juice, lime zest, coconut oil, coconut milk and maple syrup and blend well until the mixture is smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides as needed.
- Pour mixture onto the base, spread evenly and sprinkle with lime zest
Store in the freezer and take out 30 minutes before serving
Have a beautiful week