March 24, 2016, 8:06 p.m
You can overcome depression, cope with a spring breakdown, tune in to positive and cheer up with the help of proper nutrition. There is a mood booster diet!
It’s wonderful when spring has come according to the calendar. But usually winter is reluctant to hand over its rights to the new season. This protracted onset of spring can discourage even the biggest optimists. It is during this period that experts advise resorting to … a mood-lifting diet, the duration of which is from three to seven days.
How does the mood diet work?
To maintain an excellent state of mind and get rid of depression, such a diet includes foods that contribute to the production of the hormone of pleasure (serotonin), contain vitamins of group B, E and antidepressant substances (folic acid, selenium, tryptophan).
Important: reduce the consumption of processed foods and fast food — such foods are too high in saturated fat and sugar.
What to eat to lift your spirits
Maintaining emotional balance (especially in spring) helps useful substances that are part of such products: ✓ Fish: tuna, trout, mackerel, sardine.
✓ Vegetables: carrots, green onions, peas, celery, asparagus.
✓ Fruits: bananas, citrus fruits, kiwi.
✓ Berries: black currant, cranberry.
✓ Legumes: beans, lentils.
✓ Seasonings: rosemary, tarragon, basil.
✓ Herbal infusions: St. John’s wort, mint, oregano.
✓ Other: fresh milk, cheese, dairy products, eggs, wheat bran, nuts, dark chocolate.
Sample menu for the day
First breakfast: soft-boiled egg, bread with cheese and parsley, sweet tea with chocolate (30 g).
Afternoon snack: a cup of mint tea with blackcurrant jam.
Lunch: Fruit salad (kiwi, tangerine) with yogurt, sprinkled with grated nuts.
Dinner: stewed turkey in sour cream with vegetables, salad (cucumbers, tomatoes, cheese, olive oil), bananas with whipped cream.
Dinner: Fish baked with cheese, salad (beans, asparagus), hot chocolate.
For the night: a cup of herbal infusion (St. John’s wort).
As you can see, if you stick to this simple and affordable diet, then getting rid of depression and raising your spirits in the spring will not be difficult.
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