Nutrition is a much more important part of the recovery process than one might imagine. Food reflects your mood and when used correctly allows total control over how you feel. From the time you wake up in the morning until you go to sleep at night, there are food choices that will determine how you will feel.
Morning foods should provide energy and vigor rather than bog you down. Instead of fueling the mist, they should break through the mist and increase their concentration levels at the start of the day. Caffeine is not required to achieve this morning energy response. There are other natural food options that help get through the fog.
Here are some suggestions to combat the feeling of early morning brain fog:
– Avoid all sweet and refined boxed cereals at all costs. Pancakes and waffles are also not recommended unless they are whole grain and accompanied by a protein.
– Get up, get dressed and go out … walking past the brain fog after a nutritious meal helps awaken your mind and body.
– Watch your thoughts and stop freaking out thinking “what if”.
The best options for a brisk breakfast are as follows:
Eggs (prepared any way you prefer), along with whole-grain toast or turkey bacon and warm decaffeinated drink.
Oatmeal with low-glycemic fruit (blueberries, cantaloupe, strawberries) and an egg or protein powder.
Natural peanut butter on whole wheat bread with fresh berries or melon slices and decaffeinated hot drink.
Never skip breakfast and always eat this meal within 30 minutes of getting up in the morning.
Suggestions for lunch
– Dense / solid protein such as chicken, meat or fish with whole wheat bread or salad. (no sweet toppings).
– Salad with Protein (chicken, fish or meat).
– Soup with vegetables and proteins (chicken, fish or meat)
– Grilled cheese on whole wheat flatbread with a sugar-free drink.
Suggestions for dinner
– Lean protein (chicken, meat or fish) along with potato salad and green or yellow vegetables.
– Integral Pasta with Proteins and Salad or Vegetable.
– Mediterranean Salad with Seafood Dressing and Lemon.
– Chili with Shredded Cheddar and Caesar Salad.
The suggestions above are a minor summary (found in more detail in our program packet) and can be used as a guide to foods that will allow for clarity and peace of mind. They fuel your energy without increasing feelings of anxiety and depersonalization.
Never go more than 4 hours without eating. Snacks are fine, but they won’t be necessary if your food satisfies you.
-Hummus with carrot or celery sticks.
-Natural peanut butter and blueberries on whole wheat toast.
-Boiled eggs and cheddar cheese. –
-Whole grains and berries
-Fresh fruit with cheese or nuts (nut butters)
-Yogurt and fresh fruit.
Remember that food is fuel and when the proper nutrition plan is followed it will allow you to have full control of how you want to feel. You are always in charge of applying the correct options and taking the correct steps.
The above are just a few examples of how you can use food to change the way you feel. The combination of this nutrition plan and the right behavior modifications will change your life. They will help you maintain balanced levels of blood sugar and serotonin (the feel-good chemical) naturally stimulated in the brain.
The foods they often crave are often the exact foods that fuel this condition. Choose foods that are low in sugar and not metabolized into sugar, such as refined white flour, pasta, and simple sugars. If you need a treat, make it straight after your meal. The goal is to keep blood sugar levels stable and balance serotonin in the brain. By following this eating plan, you will feel happier, more confident, and less reactive to external stimuli.
This is a very specific nutrition plan and must be strictly adhered to to achieve results, but it is well worth the effort. The Behavior Modification steps must also be followed precisely to achieve full success.
This is the combination and the path to complete and permanent recovery from depersonalization and anxiety. The results will bring you back to life as you achieve total clarity and a true sense of well-being.