Five Ways To Fight The New Year’s Blues

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So many of our clients here at Park Avenue Nutrition tend to get the New Year blues.  With the bitter cold, the snow and the short dreary days it’s sometimes hard to stay positive.  However, choosing to eat is a basic need and there are some foods that can help boost your mood!  Altering your diet can make an amazing difference and help you shake that New Year’s funk.  In addition, it could help you shave off a few pounds.  What’s not to like about that?

Park Avenue Nutrition’s Suggestions:

Focus on Antioxidants

Nutrients such as beta-carotene, and vitamins E and C are antioxidants that help rid your body of harmful toxins and free radicals.  For sources of beta-carotene, think of orange fruits and vegetables such as apricots, squash, peaches, carrots, and sweet potatoes.  Sources of vitamin C include berries, grapefruit, kiwi, oranges, peppers, potatoes, and tomatoes.  Vitamin E can be found in nuts and seeds, vegetable oils, and wheat germ.  Try to create a dish with all three powerful antioxidants.  For example: a vegetable stirfry with carrots, peppers, and cashews.  Or try a peach, berry smoothie with hemp seeds.

Get More Selenium Rich Foods

There are on-going studies that show an association between low-selenium diets and poor moods.  The essential mineral selenium can be found in a variety of common foods: legumes, nuts and seeds, lean meat and low fat dairy products.  Incorporating these foods into your diet will help you feel peachy in no time.  Try having a low fat plain yogurt with nuts and berries for a selenium rich breakfast.

Include Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Studies show societies that consume more omega-3 fatty acids have a lower prevalence of depression.  Sources of omega-3 fatty acids include fatty fish such as anchovy, mackerel, salmon, sardines, and tuna.  Other important sources include flaxseed and nuts.  Have a serving of fish at least twice a week.  And if you don’t like fish, try throwing flaxseeds into cereal or smoothies.

Remember Vitamin D

Once treated with vitamin D, improvements were seen in people with depressive seasonal affective disorder.  Consuming vitamin D is important, especially in places with little sunlight.  Sources include mushrooms, dark green leafy vegetables and fortified dairy products.

Consider The Mediterranean Diet

A diet heavy in fruits, vegetables, legumes, cereals and fish is considered one of the best for preventing depression.  Such a diet ensures an ample amount of nutrients, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids.  Think fresh and clean; avoid processed and calorie heavy foods.

Keeping these five tips in mind will help you breeze through New Years 2012 with a smile on your face.  Eating healthier will help you feel better and in control of your life.  For an even greater mood boost consider incorporating a regular exercise routine.  Be sure to seek the assistance of doctors or therapists if needed.

Got questions? We’ve got answers and we’d love to help! Contact us at Park Avenue Nutrition to set up an appointment!

Sources:

http://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/diet-recovery

http://news.discovery.com/human/bad-food-depression-110127.html

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