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!