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How can eating a healthy diet help in recovering from depression?

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A sensible eating plan will keep you feeling healthy and give you the nutrients you need. Don't rely on popular diets that cut out food groups and sharply restrict what you can eat. Just focus on the basics: watch your calories, eat lots of vegetables, whole grains, and fruits, and limit fat and sugar. Since caffeine can make you anxious, cut back on soda, coffee, tea, and chocolate.

SOURCES: American Psychiatric Association, , 2000. Babyak, M. et al., , 2000. Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Food and Mood," "Healthy Lifestyles," "Guide to Depression and Bipolar Disorder, 2002." Fochtmann, L.J. and Gelenberg, A.J., , Winter, 2005. National Alliance on Mental Illness: "Seasonal Affective Disorder." National Institutes of Mental Health: "Depression." National Mental Health Association: "Depression: What You Need To Know."






Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Major DepressionPsychosomatic MedicineFocus

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on May 10, 2018

SOURCES: American Psychiatric Association, , 2000. Babyak, M. et al., , 2000. Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Food and Mood," "Healthy Lifestyles," "Guide to Depression and Bipolar Disorder, 2002." Fochtmann, L.J. and Gelenberg, A.J., , Winter, 2005. National Alliance on Mental Illness: "Seasonal Affective Disorder." National Institutes of Mental Health: "Depression." National Mental Health Association: "Depression: What You Need To Know."






Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Major DepressionPsychosomatic MedicineFocus

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on May 10, 2018

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