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Are you eating your mood?

Are you eating uncontrollably because you are depressed? Or are you depressed because you are eating too much?

The truth is that it is LINKED and it causes a downward unhappy spiral cycle.Binge eating IS depressive eating. 

It contributes to unhealthy weight gain and medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, gout if this is not rectified on the long run. 

What NOT to eat when you are experiencing depressive eating?

Sugar laden foods such as sugary icing donuts, cream laden cakes, Asian sweets and desserts, ice blended fraps overladen with caramel 
These foods will trick you. Your brain yearns for serotonin, a calming chemical when you eat these comfort desserts. But blood glucose levels gets elevated and the levels of a protein that encourages the growth of neurons and synapses drops. This will make your brain work at a suboptimal level which will put you at greater  risk of depression, diabetes and dementia.





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Do you "save" oil by re-using your oil? "Minyak jelantah" is a definite No-NO! It is a contributing factor to clogged arteries. 

Just imagine what minyak jelantah fried food (saturated fats containing foods like dairy and butter and deli meats)  does to you! It is a heart attack waiting to happen with all these transfats and saturated fats all in a wok! Clogged arteries impedes blood flow to the brain. 

Optimal brain function is what you need to shoo away the blues.






Coffee with its caffeine increases your heart rate and blood pressure especialky for those with hypertension. That is going to give you the jitters and the trembling hands at its extreme.




Opt for calming camomile tea or pepoermint tea instead to soothe the nerves and calm your mind. But,  if you really must a cuppa cofe - get the decaf version...although i must remind you that it still contains a low dosage of caffeinne. 



What TO EAT when you are experiencing depressive eating?

Beans
The proteins in beans stabilizes the blood glucose level. It gives you satiety to make you feel full and prevent binge eating. 



Eat colors!
Red tomatoes, green brocholli, yellowish orange capsicum are rich in antioxidants dealing with oxidative stressors in the body. 

Chewing on a stick of celery gives your brain a " health purpose" working on tricking your brain that it is busy eating (celery is low on calories filled with vitamin c). The mere act of chewing it shifts your brain from "idle". 

These colorful vegetables provides you good immunity and it helps you against flu. 

When you are depressed, the last thing tp do is for you to fall sick. That will aggravate your depression even further. A weak body contributes to a weak mind and a weak mind increases the risk of being depressed.



Try celery stick dip with peanut butter. Makes a good "get-over-this-damn-depression" snack.


Dairy 
Low fat milk, yogurt, low-fat cheeses are rich in calcium, vitamin D and protein peptides that promotes a sense of wellbeing.



Water
Simply water. Even water with lemon. Even better, laden with ice cubes from the fridge.

A low hydration level contributes to disorientation and a clouded mind. 

Furthermore, our organs stops functioning ootimally when it detects low hydration level. 

Low on mood? Instead of reaching out for that fatty fries, try ice cold  lemon infused water instead.



Refreshed - will be a good start to turn your depressive eating around!

Yours in good health always,

Dee Dee




Dee Dee Mahmood, multi award winning Celebrity Exercise Physiologist and Nutritionist, is the Academic Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Edith Cowan University Australia. Her PhD research on obesity was chosen for its impact on obesity in Asia and was accepted and presented at the President's Cup Award, American College of Sports Medicine Northwest Annual Meeting in Tacoma, Washington. Ambassadors to brands like Reebok, Norwegian Seafood Council, this TEDX  Speaker has several signature community programs to her name, Fat2Fit Asia and Walking Football for Health Asia. She conducts  synergy on community and corporate health and research collaborations internationally. 




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