During January I hit a serious bout of depression, which was at a level that was hugely magnified compared to what I had experienced before.
I had no energy, wanted to stay in bed, and the anxiety was really bad; I was more irritable and would get angry at the smallest thing to a point where I just could not control my emotions, and had to go and hide in the bedroom; I was not interested in food, my motivation to do anything was zero, and I was seriously craving alcohol.
What the hell was going on?
I went to see my GP for our regular appointment and she was not sure what had caused such a drastic change in my condition; I had a couple of ideas of what it could be but nothing solid emerged from our time.
They say that random things happen at random times and this is where apples come into the equation, in particular Pink Lady Apples……
Kim came home from work one day and said she had had a Pink Lady apple and really enjoyed it, so we got some from the supermarket.
The next day I decided to have one of the apples, and found that I started to crave them……
In my blog called ‘Lots of reading to do…..’ I mentioned a book called Healing with Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford, and how I think everyone should own a copy of this book; well here’s why.
Kim and I have used this book a lot, and it has helped us become more aware of nutrition. We have numerous examples of how good this book is, but let’s take my example of craving apples, and my super depressed state:
What the book says:
Apples – Benefits low blood sugar conditions and the emotional depression associated with it.
So what could be causing my blood sugar to spike and cause the depression?
There were two things I was having more of that could hold the key, and they were coffee and chocolate. I was generally having two cups of coffee a day and Kim and I would easily devour a bar of Green & Blacks Velvet Mint Chocolate (it is divine….) between the two of us most nights; well it was just after Christmas!!!
So, what does the book say about these two:
Caffeine Products – When caffeine and similar compounds (eg: theobromine in chocolate) are taken in excess, any of several symptoms usually result: anxiety and nervousness…… and moodiness. When consumed regularly, as little as two cups of coffee can initiate these symptoms.
I went back to my GP with this and she agreed this sounded likely because coffee and also the sugar in chocolate will spike my blood sugar levels; because I was already in a sensitive state mentally these things had a much bigger impact on me.
I stopped chocolate and I am back on decaf coffee; the change has been almost instantaneous, I promise you, after a couple of days I felt much more alive and able to function better.
Now, I am not going to start shouting about the evils of coffee and chocolate because I believe that most things in moderation are not going to kill you; it is when you have things in excess that the problems start, plus you may be more sensitive to certain things when you are more run down.
I am going to explore various food and drink items individually and see what affects they have on the body, and in particular the mind, but in the mean time, maybe it’s worth being conscious of how much caffeine and sugar you consume on a daily basis.
Maybe look at ways of reducing how much you have, and if you do reduce it if there are any positive effects both physically and mentally.
If you are interested in Healing With Whole Foods here is an Amazon link.