Sunday, 10 January 2010

Mood Food= Mood = Sweet Magazine

Sweet Magazine, is for people with diabetes, and health problems. It has many recipes that help people incorprate healthy eating into their daily life. This magazine covers mainly problems with diabetes but also has a vast range of health benefits for other readers. I was asked by Catehrine Gray, a freelance writer if i would help with an article on MOOD FOOD.

This is a topic i understand wery well, seeing as it was based on people who have suffered from depression, as i have done, and also to help them come through the darkness of winter through healthy eating. I have had my fair share of experiance in this department and felt extremely privaliged to write or comment on this subject if it helped even one person.

This article is about seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

"Around 2 million people in the UK are believd to suffer from SAD at this time of year, with a high proportion of these being women aged around 30.

Symptoms can include lethargy, loss of concentration, sleep problems and over eating, with some people turning to simiple carbohydrates to raise their blood glucose levels and lift thier mood which will only exacerbate the problem.

 Exposure to natural light or special lightboxes can be effective, but chef Joudie Kalla - who has suffered from depression herself and has diabetes in the family as well - is a firm beliver in lifting your mood through a healthy diet, focusing on certain foods.

Pulses, grains, pats, fish , fresh fruit and vegetables are you best friends at this time of year to keep your seratonin levels up and to also keep your glucose levels balanced, she says. Vitamin D also gives us a seratonin boost during winter months, so foods like mackeral, salmon, sardines, oats, milk, liver, shitake mushrooms and egg yolks, will all help aswell.

One of my favourite mood-boosting meals is grilled salmon with grilled vegetables and a lentil salad. Walnuts also contain omega-3 and essential fatty acids which are thought to be a helpful tool against depression."

This article is great. It hits all the right spots, and gives people guidance as to what to do during these hard times. I have many recipes on my blog which are recipes that i followed during the hard years that i was suffering from depression. I suggest that if you suffer from depression  diabetes or you just want a guiding hand to healthy eating, you get a copy of this magazine.


Anonymous said...

Well done Joudie. Really nice article. I am sure a lot of people will be able to relate to this.

JKCatering said...

Thank you. I hope so. It is such an important subject that people are still hiding from. Thanks for reading. x