It’s common to use food as comfort in cases of stress, depression or anxiety.  We know that many people who suffer with these health concerns either overeat or under-eat and therefore do not maintain a healthy weight.  Of course, if someone is experiencing severe depression, they should be seen by a qualified health care practitioner to help them cope with the underlying issue.   Once the problem is identified, the practitioner can determine the best way to remove or help the individual deal with the stressor in healthy ways.

Vitamin D is important in maintaining a healthy mood and can be monitored by your physician through a simple and inexpensive blood test.  It is a fat soluble hormone precursor and therefore levels must be monitored regularly to avoid toxicity.  Natural sunlight is a great way of getting your daily dose of Vitamin D.  Fish oils with omega-3 fatty acids, as well as B vitamins, can also be beneficial in dealing with stress, depression and anxiety.

Healthy eating habits are important for helping you feel your best.  Proper regulation of blood sugar levels can be achieved by consuming moderate amounts of protein at every meal and eliminating sugar from your diet.  Fluctuations in blood sugar can result in stress, which causes your body to release cortisol.  Cortisol in excess can lead to weight gain and other health issues.  Eat foods rich in nutrients, such as organic fruits and vegetables.  Protein should be eaten from wild-caught fish, grass-fed meats, pastured eggs, organic poultry, beans, and lentils.  Healthy fats, such as avocados, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, and raw nuts and seeds are also beneficial foods for maintaining a healthy mood.