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What should you eat for depression?

A recent report in the Archives of General Psychiatry has shown that eating a traditional Mediterranean-style diet is associated with a lower risk of developing depression.  The key to a Mediterranean diet is to focus on eating vegetables, fruits, fish, nuts, wholegrains and legumes.  The diet is low in meat and dairy products, and with only moderate alcohol intake.  The low intake of meat and dairy and high intake of olive oil, nuts and fish means the diet is low in saturated fat but high in beneficial mono and poly unsaturated fats.  Last year I lived in Cyprus where I was hosting detox retreats and nutrition consultations at a leading hotel.  My personal experience and observations of clients certainly confirms that following a Mediterranean diet can make you feel fantastic (… and the Mediterranean sun helps too!).

Other important steps to help lift your mood include eating a good breakfast, getting enough quality protein and avoiding short lived stimulates such as sugar, caffeine and refined foods.

Find out more about how diet and nutrition can help relieve depression, or contact us to book an appointment at one of our London nutrition clinics.

Julia Alderman

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