After vaguely making a connection between eating poorly (especially high-sodium foods, aka eating out) and my depression/anxiety at the beginning of the year…I’ve realized again that maybe I should eat more balanced, healthful meals. And try to start exercising again. Not that I’m eating too poorly this week (weekends are my bane), but I could use a little exercise. And maybe ease myself into instead of three days of hard-core exercise and then flop on my back bemoaning the world and getting old.
If you want to be health buddies (and you’re not my brother–because it’s just sinful that my older brother is in better shape than I am), let me know!
And you might be wondering why I’m bringing this up on my writer’s blog.
1. It’s my blog and I’ll whine if I want to. (I won’t break into song here, but I’m now humming that and I have no one to blame but myself.)
2. If poor eating triggers my depression, and my depression usually leads to me not writing…then obviously I want to not be depressed!
3. Even if poor eating doesn’t trigger my depression, eating healthy isn’t going to hurt and trigger my depression (most likely). I mean, it’s not like I’m going to stop eating out. Just maybe not four days in a row.
4. I was having a really good time with my writing and editing and in a good mood and then ate out four days in a row and today I am verbally constipated. I realize it could be coincidence, but, again, it doesn’t hurt to try.
Hopefully my post next week will be more on topic and less whiny! (And…not three days late?)
2 thoughts on “You are what you eat…”
I eat pretty healthy at home, and we usually have one day we eat out per week. But on those days, or days like yesterday when I scarf down a frozen pizza, I can feel the impact of the sodium/whatever else. Individual results may vary, of course, but it isn't all in your head.As to the rest:2- in addition to other reasons, I'm guessing3- yep. And depression aside, if you are sliding from 75 rather than 55, the trough might not be as bad?4- Depending on what you ate, I can't even imagine. There was a time way back when I could have done that. That time has passed. Usually by the end of vacation I'm craving being home just to eat normally again.I'm sure you don't want the advice, but I have plenty exercise wise if interested, as I'm sure you know.And just to add some flavor to the recipe: I have some – what I think is – exciting news when we next get together!
Your exercise advice is great, but my body is…delicate. The past month has been me struggling with back/shoulder/neck pain that made me unable to focus, so I'm trying to ease back into the exercise routine. A little bit each day just to get back in the swing of it. (Though I rode for half an hour today.)Food wise, it's not like I'm eating nothing but junk food on those days, and I tend to eat healthier than some when I eat out, but sodium is the big culprit, I think. I look forward to your news!