The mysteries of depression may never be completely revealed, it could be an enigma that gives no hint of its origin forever more, or it could be Clark Kent trying to pretend he doesn’t look exactly like the superhero Superman. It could also be that depression has alreadt been completely solved just by eating the right food. You see, you could just be desperately devoid of those feelings and happiness because you haven’t eaten enough almonds. Silly you.
I don’t think it can be denied that food has a big impact on mood though, and that is not just speculation. Especially as I have just had a really large burger with a large side of chips and a salad, and strangely I have become very tired. Then there’s the times I am really hungry and I get agitated very easily, or when I drink too much alcohol I become merry only to then become depressed afterwards. Or if you accidently sit on my bag of skittles so they’re warm and half melted, I will not be a happy chap either.
Theres a link there. Whether it is strong enough to connect Dover to Calais or food to depression is another matter.
The main things you will want in your body to prevent depression though are apparently; tryptophan, B12, Folate, Selenium and Vitamin D. Which is different from what I’ve been eating, you see when I am depressed I usually reach for; a KitKat, a tube of Pringles (Sour cream and Chive), Mcdonalds, a Kebab, Haribo or Starburst. Or sometimes all of them at once.
I suppose our natural need for a complicated answer to the depression question means we must dismiss the food answer; it’s too simple. Plus I think our desire for high sugar, high fat and fast foods is so great that we convince ourselves it’s definitely, absolutely not the food that is wrong. I suspect the answer is a mixture of many things, food, societal pressures, upbringing and exercise being the main ones. Unfortunately for me at least 2 of those things are controlled by me – damn responsibility.
It is a cycle though, and it is a self-fulfilling one, if you keep eating terrible food you will end up with low lethargic moods and illl health. Then due to the contents of the food you become addicted, that means any attempts to stop eating it will feel counter productive. And if there’s one thing I hate, its being a counter – numbers are really hard. Breaking the cycle is difficult then, and that is where I find myself at the moment.
I’m comfort eating, without exercise and without any major purpose (no job or regular activities), so it is no surprise my mental health is declining (and weight increasing). I’m losing interest in writing, in sport, and in, well, everything. I may be a terrible counter but the negative effects of all previously mentioned issues combined certainly don’t equal anything good – hypothesis proven. Time to change me thinks. On a side note though the burger and chips I had were fabulous.