Bipolar & Diet: 4 Tricks to Increase Your Healthy Foods


It can be challenging to curb the cravings for the foods that cause inflammation and weight gain; here are a few secrets to help:

#1 Better choices

Consider ways to replace and substitute some long-time unhealthy habits for better ones. If you’re use to having a doughnut or a bagel for breakfast, swap it out for some eggs and even a few slices of bacon. If you always reach for a chocolate bar during your afternoon crash, why not pull out some zing from fresh or dried fruit, maybe a small container of nuts with a few dark chocolate chunks. Replace unhealthy fats like canola and vegetable oils with olive oil and substitute white potatoes with the less starchy sweet potato.

#2 Prepare, prepare

When you’re famished the easiest and quickest thing you can get your hands on usually wins. That item can either be healthy or unhealthy. Granted it takes some time to prep the healthy snacks, but your body and brain will thank you. Cook up some hard-boiled eggs and have in the fridge and always have some nuts with you. If you don’t buy pre-cut vegetables then take some time to do the chopping on a Sunday for the week ahead. It’s also the perfect time to plan your evening meals for the coming week to avoid defaulting to something less healthy, like fast food.

#3 See the big picture

We all overeat or have cravings for different reasons. Perhaps it’s hormones for one person, a sugar addiction for another, or an emotional episode for another. It is important to recognize why we eat what we do…if it’s a physiological reason or for emotional comfort so you can address these. Practicing mindful eating is key—savour every single bite. The more your diet moves in a healthy direction, the better you will feel and the more you will stick with your new lifestyle.

#4 More real foods

Anything that you can do to get less processed and more whole, fresh food into your diet, the better your health will be. Instead of buying cans of high-sodium soup, make up a batch of fresh soup and store in the freezer; go online and search for gourmet salad recipes—you’ll be surprised at what creative and delicious ideas await you.

  1. JoAnn is spot on with her assessment of the food suggestions in #1 The World Health Organization has stated processed meat is carcinogenic to humans. Meat, dairy and eggs are going in the wrong direction for human health, animal welfare and environmental concerns. Current research in nutrition is pointing to a whole food plant based diet.

  2. Eggs and bacon healthier than a doughnut or bagel??!! Since when? Both are high in cholesterol, and both are animal products. Animal products are unhealthy at any time and bacon is most definitely not a meat. It is a fat exchange on my diabetic diet. Olive oil for cooking is a good choice but so is canola oil. One really needs to avoid the animal foods and eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables. There is plenty of protein in many of the complex carbohydrates.

  3. Hi Marva, I took Deplin probably about 5 years back or so. Insurance didn’t cover it then either, and I had to pay out of pocket for it. I found that it really wasn’t worth it. It didn’t make much difference for me. You might have better luck with it, but if you’re on a low budget you might want to ask your doctor if they have an lower cost options for you.

  4. Marva, sorry about your difficulties getting this medicine through insurance. I haven’t any experience but wanted to send you some support. Hopefully someone else can share their experience.

  5. I don’t eat a healthy diet and never really have. I’m a grown woman and I live alone so not much cooking happens. I have been given Deplin Folate, a folic acid vitamin to assist with my medication and due to my bad diet. My doctor gave me a free trial and I found that it really does help! Now I can’t get my insurance company to pay for it. They say it is a drug class medical foods. I would like to be able to get this as soon as possible! The co$t is very high $500? I’m on Medicare and Medicaid insurance. I have done alot of reading about this product and I see it has been tested and helps with the cognitive thinking of people with on set Alzheimer’s!!! Why can’t we get access to this Deplin Folate?? It appears to be manufactured by Merk labs & possibly a generic form from Pam Labs?? I just keep getting a run around from my insurance company and my doctor can’t & doesn’t have any free samples any more! Please let me know if anyone else has information on this Deplin Folate?? Has anyone else been on this or tried it? I just would like to know if there are others that are on it and what is their thoughts on it!? How can I get this product with out paying $$$$ for it? I’m on such low income it’s very hard to make a purchase! Thank you. Marva

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