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Bipolar Disorder and a Healthy Diet

FruitsLegumes As I mentioned in my last article, May is Mental Health Month, and I will be commemorating the event by writing related blog posts all month long.


This year’s theme is “Mind Your Health”. We all know how interconnected mind and body are.

As a society, we are increasingly pressured, stressed, and tied to technology.  Many of us are also spending more time in drive thru lanes and less time engaging in relaxation and hobbies. We spend less time exercising and minding our everyday health just to keep up with the grind.

It would serve many of us well to examine our current health and how we can make positive changes in order to keep us in top shape.

If our body is healthy, our mind will be healthier as well.

In today’s blog post, we will discuss a healthy diet, and how eating well is integral to our mental health.

Bipolar Disorder and a Healthy Diet

I hear it from my therapist, my psychiatrist, my general practitioner—we need proper nutrition in order to fuel our bodies and minds. We have all heard it over and over again, but how much are we really paying attention to what we eat?

What we drink is also important. Avoiding sugary beverages and excessive amounts of caffeine can cause a myriad of issues, including empty calories, damaged tooth enamel, and dehydration.

Even mild dehydration has been shown to cause fatigue, difficulty concentrating, and mood changes.

And it’s true—skipping breakfast is always a bad idea. Skipping any meal can lead to diminished concentration and fatigue. Avoiding high fat refined, and sugary foods is encouraged, as they have little nutritional value and also do nothing to fuel your brain.

Eating a diet that is high in fat and sugar can cause more than weight gain and conditions like diabetes—it can also cause depression.

Your Grocery List

Next time you go shopping, here are some grocery list suggestions to consider (just make sure these agree with your body and you’re not allergic!):

  • Water (if you prefer bottles, sparkling water, or anything of the sort)
  • Tea (in lieu of multiple cups of coffee—just make sure it’s low or no caffeine)
  • Granola Bars/Nutritional Bars
  • Fruit, like berries, apples, bananas, avocados, and oranges, to name a few
  • Protein or Nutritional Shakes
  • Vegetables, like spinach, broccoli, mixed greens, carrots, cucumbers, to name a few
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Soy Products
  • Almond or Rice Milk
  • Yogurt
  • Almond or Cashew Butter
  • Peppers
  • Oatmeal
  • Beans and Legumes
  • Mushrooms
  • Lean Meats
  • Egg Whites
  • Rice Cakes
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Smoothies (homemade is great!)
  • Healthy Grains
  • Fish
  • Olive Oil (also try flaxseed oil, or sunflower oil)

When in doubt, always consult your doctor.

Do you eat with nutrition in mind? Do you think you may need to reexamine your grocery choices? What healthy food items do you recommend to Kat and the readers?


Source: Mental Health America – Healthy Diet

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Bipolar Disorder and a Healthy Diet

Kat Dawkins

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APA Reference
Dawkins, K. (2014). Bipolar Disorder and a Healthy Diet. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 2, 2020, from


Last updated: 5 May 2014
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