Feeling blue? Master your blood sugars...

A most common underlying imbalance in many types of mental health problems is fluctuating blood sugar levels - hypoglycemia.  This is over over looked in mental health and is a simple skill to master.

The most common symptoms include drowsiness after meals, excessive thirst, tendency to depression, anxiety, irritability, difficulty concentrating, craving for sweets and stimulants such as coffee and cigarettes.

The best way to manage blood sugar levels is to switch our refined white flour products for wholegrains - breads, pasta, grains.  The fiber content will slow the release of sugar in the food more evenly

Another way is to food combine a quality carbohydrate with a quality lean protein - scrambled eggs on whole wheat toast, chicken with brown rice.

You can also eat smaller meals more frequently, such as 5 small meals a day over 3 larger ones.  If you combine a little protein at each meal this will help satiate.

Get control of your blood sugars and feel a difference in your mood and energy.

Read how a poor diet can increase levels of depression.

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/expert-answers/depression-and-diet/faq-20058241

Deborah McTaggart is a registered nutritionist practicing in Barnes, South West London.  Stress, travel, over work, over training and other health concerns can impair your vitality and performance.  Tailored nutrition along with proven strategies can help optimise your performance. You will feel fitter, leaner and improve energy levels, helping you enjoy a more productive lifestyle.  Contact me here.