Seasonal Affective Disorder patients must be careful of what food items they consume.Generally, a Seasonal Affective Disorder patient must avoid the following food items.
1. Deep Sea Fishes
- Mackerel, Tuna and Swordfish are deep sea fishes.
The deeper you go in the sea, higher are the concentrations of mercury in the organism residing there. Therefore, they are not safe for consumption, especially for SAD patients. However, Albacore tuna with minimum mercury is a safe option.
2. Bottom Crawlers
- Clams, Lobsters and Oysters are often referred to as bottom dwellers.
Their bottom dwellers often contain higher quantities of toxic elements. A SAD patient can fall prey to these toxic elements faster and therefore, must be strictly avoided.
3. Hydrogenated Fats and trans fats
Hydrogenated fats and trans fats or partially hydrogenated fats are found in particularly large quantities in deep fried food items as well the junk food that the modern day mass tends to thrive on. A SAD patient must avoid these food items.
Cigarettes contain a minimum of four thousand chemicals. Combined with tobacco, these chemicals can lead to sleeplessness and can extend to insomnia in the long run.
5. Elaborate meals and Excess fluids
Drinking excess fluids and taking elaborate heavy meals before bedtime are not recommended for SAD patients.
Agreed that caffeine in small amounts can be very beneficial but caffeine in large amounts can lead to sleeplessness and digestive disorders. Thus, large amounts of caffeine can not only lead to diarrhea and constipation, but the sleeplessness and insomnia can make the SAD patient very irritable and intolerant.
Alcohol consumption, frequently in large amounts can interfere with the patient’s sleeping patterns which can give rise to irritability and mood swings.
Bacon is high on salt and a compound called sodium nitrite which is not recommended for SAD patients.
9. Refined Sugar and Artificial Sugar substitutes
Food items that are rich in refined sugar such as Aspartame, Splenda etc. which are common artificial sweeteners must be avoided. They cause the patient to give in to carbohydrate cravings. A natural sweetener such as xylosweet is appropriate.
10. Simple, easily digestible Carbohydrates
These kinds of carbohydrates are digested easily. Thus, the patient witnesses a fast increase in the levels of blood sugar. The source of such carbohydrates includes White bread, Cookies and other goodies made from all-purpose Flour.
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