We are what we eat and nutrition plays a huge part in recovery from both anxiety and depersonalization. This is why it is imperative to learn which foods serve to create a less reactive mind and body and which ones only add to symptoms and prolong recovery.
In order to allow a fatigued mind to refresh itself, as in depersonalization, one must make the proper nutritional choices.
To begin with, certain foods are best avoided at this time:
– Caffeine: Stimulates the system and fuels anxiety, which in turn plays into extreme feelings of depersonalization. Found in coffee, teas, sodas and dark chocolates. Also found in many cold and headache formulas and pre-workout supplements. Always check labels.
– Alcohol: Liquid sugar, which upsets both the mind and body. Produces a sharp rise in blood sugar levels followed by a steep drop. The body spends the next 24 hours trying to achieve balance in blood sugar levels, experiencing strong reactivity during this time.
– Sugar: Too much sugar is stimulating to the system, resulting in reactivity, anxiety and feelings of unreality for many. It’s best to avoid sugar if one is highly reactive or only use after a meal rich in protein, to buffer the reaction.
– Tyramine: Not many are aware of the affects Tyramine has on the mind and body. This substance, found in many foods (aged cheeses, red wine, beans, chocolate, pickled foods) often results in insomnia, headaches and most of all, heart palpitations, leading to anxiety reactions.
Monosodium Glutamate (MSG): This seasoning found in many processed foods, also used when cooking or preserving foods, has been known to cause headaches, anxiety, heart palpitations and foggy sensations to those who are reactive.
– Nicotine: Although not considered a food, this substance is stimulating and often results in anxiety, heart palpitations, insomnia and irritability. It is best avoided by anyone with anxiety and/or depersonalization.
The best food plan to maintain a less reactive mind and body is:
– Variety in foods: A strong emphasis on lean protein, fresh fruits and vegetable and whole grains. Rule of Thumb:Shop the periphery of the market.
– Do not skip meals: Adrenaline is released when nutrition is overlooked. This results in feelings of anxiety, depersonalization and irritability. Eat within a 4-5 hour time span between meals.
– Snack on healthy choices: Nuts, Seeds, Whole grain chips, Salsa, Hummus and Raw Veggies.
– Hydrate: Pure water best sipped all through the day. This calms and creates a less reactive mind and body.
Don’t forget to keep the mind and body active as well.
Exercise in moderation is an absolute for maintaining a strong sense of peace and well being.
Boredom is the great enemy to anyone struggling with anxiety in any form. A healthy mind is a mind that is active and expanding. A bored mind turns inward and this is where the trouble begins. One is never too old to expand the mind by reading, doing puzzles, taking classes at local universities, working and learning in general. Always remain interested in learning, as an interested mind helps to deflect anxiety reactions.
The foods you select are able to make or break your day. These choices could make the difference between an easy going life or an every day struggle. It’s up to you alone to correct nutritional errors and replace them with foods that fuel a healthy mind and body… and a life you can live with ease.