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Old 01-02-2013  
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Default Get Your Nutrients: Give This a Read

I am writing this from experience. Hear me out and lay all of your prejudices toward dieting and exercise aside. This is not a shallow P90X, ULTIMATE PERFECT jaw-dropping body, magazine inspired thread. This is not your one chance to get rockin' six pack abs and all of that nonsense. However, I am discussing your body and your life.

The following question is directed toward anyone who is depressed. Do you think you would feel as bad if you had a balanced diet with all of the nutrients that your body needs?



You know how you are told that a healthy diet is vital to your health? Well, "they" are not just singling out physical health... When you are not hydrating as often as you should and when you are not living with a balanced diet, your mental health suffers severely. You experience stress, a word that you are all VERY familiar with, when you do not fulfill your body's needs. You have probably been unhealthy for so long that you cannot tell when your body is stressed and needs nutrients. This very same thing happened to me, and it was all too clear and obvious once I realized how I went wrong. The body and the mind are one and the same... If you help out your body then you are helping out your mind. Correct me if I am wrong, but I'd be willing to bet that just about all of you believe that once you enhance your mind and your outlook on life, you will feel happy and healthy. I am here to tell you that you MUST put your body first. We are physical beings; we need our nutrients so that we can operate at our fullest potential. Your mind will be in a much better state if you would just pay attention to what your body is telling you.



And so, I would like every depressed person reading this to follow a few simple guidelines for the next few days. I have a feeling that many of you will be shocked once you realize how much your diet affects your life.

Try this for the next few days and then report how you feel


1. Drink at least 6 full cups of water a day
2. Try to eat many fruits and vegetables along with the other groups
3. Try to get as much sleep as possible. You will never feel good with 4 hours of sleep

The hydration aspect of this is key. I could not believe how dehydrated I had been for the past few years until I started to give my body what it needs. Once I started, my body began to signal for more and more water. I obliged and began to feel better immediately.

I understand that some of you might be getting all of the nutrients that you need, but I highly doubt that all of you are. I highly doubt that you are all getting enough sleep and exercise. Just give this a try and share your experience.

All that stuff they told you in grade school about the food pyramid and hydration was sound information.

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I agree with you. I used to be sick a lot from an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise, especially during the time when I lived in the dorms and lived off of junk food and whatnot. But 1.5 years ago, I started exercising and eating healthier, and I can say that once my body started feeling better, my mental health improved as well.
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Drinking more water (and less diet Coke) is one of the changes I'm hoping to make this year.

I'd like to try this at some point too. Might help with getting the "5 a day"!
30 Days of Juicing

And I need to not do this!

~ To the world you may be just one person, but to one person, you may be the world. ~

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Drinking more water (and less diet Coke) is one of the changes I'm hoping to make this year.

I'd like to try this at some point too. Might help with getting the "5 a day"!
30 Days of Juicing

And I need to not do this!
Ah, I tried a week juice fast. Also did 30 days raw once. Although it helped, careful not to eat or juice too much fruit. Found out after doing high-fruit raw that a large portion of my anxiety and depression are tied into sugar of all things. But gosh yes nutrition makes all the difference, I swear it's the main pillar to healing.

Haha btw I love that pic... I've done that more than a few times x)
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^ I was thinking of maybe trying to have just a glass or two of the juice a day. Something to help me get the 5 a day. I don't think I could live on juice alone!

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Yes, if you have weak adrenal glands or if you suffer from fatigue going on a juice fast could actually cause more harm than benefit and put pressure on your adrenal glands.

"You can win a thousand times a thousand men in battle, but only he who conquers himself, is the greatest warrior."
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Thanks for sharing.

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
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I agree with you. I used to be sick a lot from an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise, especially during the time when I lived in the dorms and lived off of junk food and whatnot. But 1.5 years ago, I started exercising and eating healthier, and I can say that once my body started feeling better, my mental health improved as well.
Fantastic stuff. It's good to see that you have also improved your mental health as a result of improved physical health. I am not a fan of living off of junk food.

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Drinking more water (and less diet Coke) is one of the changes I'm hoping to make this year.
Those are some mighty fine changes to make. A lot of people come up with crazy New Year's resolutions like quitting smoking, working out 5 times a day, etc. That stuff never lasts... But drinking more water just sounds reasonable!

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Ah, I tried a week juice fast. Also did 30 days raw once. Although it helped, careful not to eat or juice too much fruit. Found out after doing high-fruit raw that a large portion of my anxiety and depression are tied into sugar of all things. But gosh yes nutrition makes all the difference, I swear it's the main pillar to healing.
I've never done a juice fast or anything like that. I imagine it'd be a pretty decent way to detox your body, although I admit I'm not expert on the specifics of nutrition. Sounds like fun though.

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Yes, if you have weak adrenal glands or if you suffer from fatigue going on a juice fast could actually cause more harm than benefit and put pressure on your adrenal glands.
Well there you have it. "Juicing" might actually cause some harm. We all might as well stick to normal, healthy cycles of eating... Fun!

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Thanks for sharing.
Sure thing, thanks for reading.
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There is a really good book called "the Anxiety and Phobia Workbook" which has a very informative section on nutrition and how certain foods, like caffeine, sugar, steroids and hormones, etc, contribute to anxiety. It's also a great book overall for helping with anxiety. I have followed the guidelines for healthy eating except for the night time sugar binges, and I have believe that is has reduced the physiological symptoms of my social phobia. I still get really sweaty and have a rapid heartbeat when I get embarrassed but it's not as strong and doesn't happen as frequently. I am not sure whether it really does help or if it's the placebo effect, but either way, I feel a lot better.

“Happiness can exist only in acceptance.” - George Orwell

“Fear has its uses but cowardice has none.” - Mahatma Gandhi
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It's hard to take posts on this site that read like one of those questionable ads on TV where someone who looks like they're on cocaine is shouting at you about how awesome their product is and how it will change your life in three easy minutes a day seriously. Nutrition and the motivation to eat better are complex issues and deserve serious, straight-forward talk about how to tell what's good, what you need, how to make good meals at home, and what "health foods" are fake or over-hyped, especially when all fruits and vegetables aren't created equal in terms of nutrition.

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