Certain foods can contribute to anxiety and depression and make the treatment more difficult. If you suffer from depression, beware of the following:
1. Soda drinks
Soda drinks contain way too much blood-spiking sugar with none of the nutritional value. All sugar-sweetened drinks have a direct link to depression.
2. Processed Foods
If you eat too much of processed meat, refined cereals, candy, pastries, and high-fat dairy products, you’re more likely to develop anxiety and depression. A diet full of whole fiber-rich grains, fruits, vegetables, and fish can help keep you much healthier and can significantly improve your mood.
3. White bread and toast
The highly processed white flour quickly turns to blood sugar after you eat it. That can cause energy spikes and crashes that can be bad for anxiety and depression. You can have your toast - just use whole-grain bread.
You may love them, but you should know: Doughnuts have all the wrong kinds of fats, including white flour with little fiber to slow absorption, and lots of added sugar. The “right” combination which enhances depressive moods.
5. ‘Light’ Dressing
You should avoid some pre-packaged dressings and marinades loaded with sugar, which contain “high-fructose corn syrup.” But you ask: what about “light” or “sugar-free” dressings? Avoid at all costs. Many use artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, which is linked to anxiety and depression. Check the ingredients or, better, make your own dressing at home.
Caffeine in it can make you tense and nervous. It could also mess up your sleep. This directly contributes anxiety or depression. Caffeine withdrawal can make you feel bad, too. Try cutting it out of your diet slowly and gradually. You can also or decaf, if you feel like it, coffee can actually help make you feel less depressed.
7. Energy drinks
They can cause strange heart rhythms, anxiety, and sleep issues. That’s because they contain extremely high levels of caffeine, as well as loads of sugar or artificial sweeteners, too. Drink water if you’re thirsty. Need something sweet? Drink fruit juice.
8. Products from soy (soy sauce)
This one is only for people who are sensitive to gluten. In addition to breads, noodles, and pastries, you should also avoid prepackaged foods like soy sauce. If you’re sensitive to gluten, it can cause anxiety or depression. It can also make you feel sluggish. Check labels when buying.
Loaded with sugar, but also with around "trans fats". These are linked to depression. Also called “partially hydrogenated oils,” they can be also found in fried foods, pizza dough, cakes, cookies, and crackers.. If you do eat fat, make it the “good” kind you get from foods like fish, olive oil, nuts, and avocado. Those can lift your mood.
10. Junk Food
These processed foods can be bad news for your mood. Scientists have studied how diets high in sugar, simple carbohydrates, and fatty foods affect how you feel. Many found some link between these unhealthy eats and depression. A well-balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein is a must if you want to ward off depression, anxiety and bad mood in general.