Anxiety and depression can debilitate your life and exhaust all your energy. More than 40 million adults in the US are suffering from chronic anxiety and depression. Medications like anti-depressants are commonly regarded as the only way out of anxiety and depression. They directly affect the serotonin flow in your brain, which decreases the anxiety-inducing feelings
. But in the long run, meds are bad for health. They become an addition for the patient.
Quentin Vennie had been suffering from anxiety and depression since his teenage. After going through the excruciating addiction of his anxiety meds, overdose experiences and substance abuse to fight his Generalized Anxiety Disorder(GAT), Vennie decided once and for all to use diet as his new weapon against his problems.Today He is a wellness coach, yoga teacher and diet-planner. He urges people suffering from anxiety to evaluate their diets to treat their mind and body. Here’s what your diet patterns should be according to Vennie.
Waking up early is the key. You should start off with a fresh green juice or smoothie. Wait for 30-45 minutes for the system to clean up and then eat organic breakfast like fresh berries, nuts, scrambled eggs or fruit. Berries are antioxidants and they are great stress relievers.
Vennie has a slot for a quick snack at around 10 AM. You can take almonds, banana and tea as your snack. These things are full of B2, vitamin E, iron, good fats, and protein which are stabilizers for mood.
Lunch should be full of veggies. Things like quinoa, dried cranberries, and sunflower seeds, red and yellow peppers should be a part of your lunch. Avoid carbs and wheat as they have an inflammatory effect. Greens provide a great impetus to serotonin production, which decreases anxiety and depression.
Snack time again! You can decide your evening snack according to your choice. Vennie mostly chooses protein smoothies, bananas, blueberries, milk or vegan.
Dinner is a key part in your diet plan. Never take it lightly because eating junk in dinner could make you restless, full of anxiety all night. As expected, your dinner must also be full of colors. Veggies, fruits, pastas are the cardinal elements of “anti-depressant” diet.
Vennie mostly takes noodle pasta, garlics, yellow and red peppers, chopped parsley in dinner. You can also eat shrimps.
Moderation and balance is the key. With the right diet and workout, you can get rid of your meds completely and live a happy, fulfilling life.