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.