April 14, 2011 8:00 AM Subscribe
Eating lots of protein for depression, anxiety and mood swings? It's working. Anybody ever done this? What did you eat, and when?
posted by Rocket26 to health & fitness (28 answers total) 109 users marked this as a favorite
Though I've never had serious depression, I tend to go through waves in my life where I experience a lot more anxiety and lower energy levels than normal. This can be stress induced or when I'm in life transitions. I've mostly moderated this with exercise, therapy, surrounding myself with friends and sunshine, having a wonderful life partner, and developing a network of support for myself.
My therapist told me a few weeks ago when I was going through these phases to try eating a lot more protein, in small quantities, throughout the day. I've been trying it out — though I wouldn't say it's solved all my problems, I feel more energetic when I'm eating more protein-- especially animal protein- eggs, meat, some milk and cheese, yogurt, etc. Nuts and protein bars work ok, too, but it's really the animal protein which give me a boost.
The problem is-- it just seems like A LOT of animal products to be consuming. I'm no vegetarian, but I'm not someone that is used to eating eggs in the morning and then meat again for dinner. It feels a little hard on my stomach, too. Sometimes I just want toast in the morning, but I'm making myself eat eggs because I've realized I'll just feel better throughout the day. But eggs every day-- ugh. Won't I have a heart attack?
I'm a female, 29, medium/large frame, pretty muscular and curvy, and I get a decent amount of exercise, though I'm not an athlete by any means. I'm in good health, otherwise. I don't want to go low carb, either, I'm not really into dieting, but I do like the idea of boosting my energy through protein and diet.
So how much protein should I try to be eating to keep my energy up and depression off my back? Has this worked for anybody else? What did you eat, and at what times during the day?