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The Depression Cure!

Thursday, February 03, 2011

I just read The Depression Cure by Stephen Ilardi, and I'm impressed! It basically outlines parts of a lifestyle that affects depression. He mainly blames depression on an unhealthy lifestyle and calls it a "syndrome" rather than a "disease". His lifestyle approach gives valuable tools for combating depression beyond medication and cognitive therapy. The six lifestyle areas he outlines are: diet (namely, omega 3 deficiency), thinking vs. doing, physical exercise, sunlight, social support, and adequate sleep. His writing really meshes perfectly with everything I've read about depression. Improving these areas of one's life is beneficial for everyone!

I've started his program. I'm taking cod liver oil for omega 3 and vitamin D, and have been getting outside everyday. Cod liver oil doesn't taste as bad as I feared! (There's also flavored varieties but I got the plain variety because it was cheap.) And it's not even noticeable mixed into strongly-flavored food. I made a salmon dip spiked with cod liver oil: equal parts cream cheese, sour cream, shredded smoked salmon, and cod liver oil. Yummy!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

BOOKWORM27S 2/7/2011 8:09AM

    I have found that taking magnesium supplements also helps with depression.

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ARTEMIS83 2/4/2011 6:26AM

    It is an interesting article and for sure all those elements are good to be followed by any person in order to avoid depression. Still, sometimes (like in Kaye`s case :( ) more actions are needed.

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MERLE641 2/3/2011 11:19PM

    Thanks for the info. I suffer from depression, though I think it's mild, it seems to be getting worse as I get older. When I was younger, I think I made it a point to get all the things you mentioned except maybe the sleep part. I think I knew intuitively that I needed to do these things. Now I sometimes don't feel motivated to do these things, except for the exercise part. I love to work out and I am very thankful for that. That keeps me sane most of the time, but sometimes that doesn't even help.

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KAYE454 2/3/2011 11:16PM

  I don't know if I believe in his theory. I do great most the timme but I have lost my son and husband and I don't know aboout his theory.

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Anti-Cancer Diet

Saturday, January 08, 2011

The World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research have reviewed the scientific literature and come up with dietary recommendations to help reduce a person's risk of developing cancer.

Be as lean as possible within the normal range of body weight

Be physically active as part of everyday life

Limit consumption of energy-dense foods
Avoid sugary drinks

Eat mostly foods of plant origin

Limit intake of red meat and avoid processed meat

Limit alcoholic drinks

Limit consumption of salt
Avoid mouldy cereals (grains) or pulses (legumes)

Aim to meet nutritional needs through diet alone

BREASTFEEDING (Special Recommendation)
Mothers to breastfeed; children to be breastfed

CANCER SURVIVORS (Special Recommendation)
Follow the recommendations for cancer prevention

For more details and information, check out their site:

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

REVSERENA 8/4/2011 10:58AM

    Family history of cancer. If my choices can make a difference, it's a difference I want to make! Thanks.

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TUMORBGONE244 5/3/2011 2:26PM

    Thanks for posting, I'm a cancer survivor and try to follow this as best as I can!

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TATTER3 1/8/2011 12:55AM

    Good advice!!! Keep Sparkin'!!!

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A to Z of me!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

A - If you were an ANIMAL, what would you be? Hard choice, but probably a raven. I am intelligent and solitary and always wanted to fly.

B - BOOKS: What's on your reading list? I read all kinds of things... right now the Joe Grey series and Amazing Minds.

C - COMPULSIVE about anything? Being truthful and learning the truth. I hate perpetuating misinformation or being hypocritical. This can make me seem like a know-it-all, but I don't mean to be, honest.

D - DREAMS - Do you ... dream in color? remember your dreams? keep a dream journal? I've always dreamed in color (always found it hard to believe that people didn't), but I don't remember many anymore. I'm not good with journals, so no to that.

E - EATING - what's your usual snack? I love 70% chocolate, ice cream, and bananas. Guess which one I should eat less of. :)

F - A Few of your FAVORITE Things: My baby daughter's laugh. The look and smell of the sky after it rains. Berries and tomatoes fresh from the garden. Curling up with my husband, baby, and dog on the bed.

G - GIGGLES! What (or who) makes you laugh? Do you have a good sense of humor? My husband has always made me laugh. My baby daughter is so happy and giggley, which makes me happier than I can say. We have giggle fits together. :D

H - major HOT Button: I'm not bothered by violence or sex in the media as much as I am bothered by shows making light of contemptuous, belittling behavior.

I - I am ... thoughtful.

K - Also KNOWN As... Aliases? Screen names? A non de plume perhaps? not many, and I don't divulge them on the internet.

L - I LOVE ... my family, my animals, nature

M - How do you feel about MEETING people? Do it all the time? Rarely? Parties or 1-on-1? I'm not much of a socialite, though I do like going to club meetings and potlucks.

N - What's the story of your NAME? were you named after anyone? Do you go by a nickname? Any aliases? Earthnut is another name for a tuber, or potato. I am an avid food gardener, and I love odd perennial edibles. Root vegetables are particularly productive in a small garden like mine, so "Earthnut" is an homage to the lowly tuber. Also I like the double entente of being "crazy about the Earth" which I am too.

O - OBSERVANT - What's around you right now? What do you see? I see a slightly messy house and a very messy baby girl who's eating breakfast with oatmeal in her hair. :)

P - Who are the special PEOPLE in your life? My baby daughter, my husband, my mom.

Q - Any Little QUIRKs About Yourself: I have giggle fits sometimes.

R - What do you like to do for RECREATION? hike, crochet, drum, garden

S - Do You SING in the Shower? In the car? For your friends? no, yes, yes. I consider myself a singer.

T - What's at the Top of your TO DO list?: Plant garlic and cover crops.

U - Any UNUSUAL Experiences: I had a dead fish talk to me once.

V - VEGAS, Vienna, Venice, Vladivostok... How far have you traveled? What's your favorite City? I've traveled to Europe, central America, Canada. But my favorite city is home: Seattle.

W - WINTER, Spring, Summer, Fall... What's your favorite season? What makes it special? I love them all for different reasons, but it is particularly cheering when the first flowers open.

X - EXes - Things You Don't Do Anymore (but did, once (would you, again?)) Dance. I'd do it again, but I need to find the right kind.

Y - Any secret/deep YEARNINGS? I still have a dream of living in the country. I doubt I'd take full advantage of it though. And I'm afraid I'd resent having to drive more.

Z - ZERO to ZENITH - Where are you in your life? Still growing? On an upward (or downward) curve? Just skating along? I've stopped growing, but I'm growing a lot of things.


Mood Foods

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

As a person who has struggled with depression for many years, and as a person whose diet could use some improvement, I looked up some natural mood-enhancing substances in food and which foods had them. I thought I'd share my findings here for others to use.

Omega-3 Fatty Acid - highly concentrated in the brain and appears to be important for cognitive (brain memory and performance) and behavioral function. People with depression, bipolar disorder, and ADHD tend to have low omega-3 levels. Foods high in omega-3 fats include flaxseed, salmon, halibut, hempseed, walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, tuna, and wild or grass-fed meats.

Tyrosine and phenylalanine - causes neurons to manufacture norepinephrine and dopamine, two neurotransmitters that promote alertness and activity. Low blood levels of tyrosine are associated with an underactive thyroid gland, which can cause depression and weight gain. Foods that are particularly high in these amino acids include soy, poultry, eggs, fish, peanuts, dairy products, beans, sesame seeds, almonds, and avocados.

B Vitamins - needed for everything from the maintenance of brain cells to the production of neurotransmitters, which regulate mood and conduct messages through the brain. Foods high in B vitamins include whole grains, seafood, meat, eggs, dairy products, leafy green vegetables, and beans.

Hmm... most of these are healthy protein sources, which neatly explains why the people I know with depression also have high-carbohydrate diets. (including myself)


Took the pushup, curlup, and squat tests.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Starting on the programs I mentioned in my last post, I did the initial tests for them.

I accomplished 100 curl-ups, 70 squats, and 0 pushups. I did do 4 pushups against a table, however, so I will do the program using table pushups. I thought I was more out of shape than that, so I'm kind of impressed with myself.
Here's my pushup attempt: emoticon

I recruited my mom to join me, and she did the tests too. She managed 6 curl-ups, 10 squats and 1 pushup against a chest of drawers. She decided that pushups were too hard on her elbows, though, so she may do some weight lifting with the baby instead.

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AAKROYD 6/15/2010 4:39AM

    Great job! It must feel great!

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SONEAMUDGAL 6/15/2010 3:15AM

    ohh gosh... i am still in thinking phase of doing so.. i really scare to fail.. atleast in push ups... but i wood start soon and would declare abt same on SP.


Sonea Mudgal

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