Disclaimer: I’m no doctor!
“If you are depressed you are living in the past.
If you are anxious you are living in the future.
If you are at peace you are living in the present.” – Lao Tzu
The Paleo-ketogenic diet has good results with depression & anxiety, however it doesn’t always work fully for everybody. This is a guide on how to take the liberation fight to the next stage, how to bring back the balance you need:
1. The Paleo-ketogenic diet. As mentioned above, that’s your most immediate defense. However, for those who simply don’t have the strength yet to move to such a restrictive diet, here’s a simpler, less restrictive version:
– Go 100% gluten-free. No exceptions on this.
– Cook with coconut oil (to enable more ketones in the brain). Use olive oil on salads.
– Limit your sugars and processed foods. Don’t limit animal fats.
– Eat almost daily wild fish, shellfish or sea vegetables (to get more DHA for your brain).
– Eat non-pasteurized kimchi, sauerkraut, or drink kefir. Eat plenty of different veggies and fruits.
– Drink plenty of non-fluoridated water. Use a fluoride-free toothpaste. Avoid most sodas.
– Supplement 3-4 times a week (not daily) with CoQ10 Ubiquinol (not Ubiquinone), a B-Complex, 1000 IU D3 (with breakfast), and Magnesium (20 minutes before sleep). Do sleep!
“Happiness” by BK & LazyDoll. License: CC BY-NC 2.0
2. Buy a Yoga DVD (or join a club) to start exercising. If you find this taxing, simply walk outdoors (preferably in nature) for 30 minutes a day. Enjoying nature releases and balances chemicals in the brain. If you live in a city, visit the park often. If you have a yard, plant and maintain a vegetable, herb & tree garden, and if you only have a balcony, plant some herbs!
3. Go out in the sun for at least 20 minutes between 11 PM and 4 PM (that’s the highest point of available UV rays during Summer). The sun has a definitive role in how we think, and feel. You can do this along #2.
4. Socialization and giving-back. If you don’t have many friends yet to hang out with or help out, volunteer at a soup kitchen, a free clinic, or any other such activity. It will help you feel valuable and part of the whole. If all that fails, get a dog!
5. This is possibly the hardest part, but it’s the one that seals the deal: Meditation. Mindful meditation can offer not only a different perspective on life, but also can connect you with the bliss inside you. Read this book on how to go about it. Give meditation a chance 30 minutes to 1 hour a day, and empty your thoughts throughout the day when they’re not really needed.