So, no video tonight because I was out for date night with Jared, however, you get a blog entry!
I had a conversation with my doctor a few weeks ago about depression because I had been having really frequent mood swings at the time and he made a very good point. I asked him if depression was normal every now and again. “Depression is an illness and no illness is normal. Is it normal to get sad or stressed out from time to time? Of course. Depression is an illness diagnosed by a psychiatrist. So, no. Depression is not normal.”
I do have mood swings more frequent than that of a normal person, however it’s nothing I’ve ever seen a specialist about. I try to find better, healthier ways to cope with moodiness.
Today I had an epiphany. Ever since I’ve started working out and cut crap out of my eating habits, specifically fast food, and started drinking Shakeology every day and working out, I have felt emotionally stable for the first time in quite a while. I remember watching “Supersize Me” and Morgan Spurlock noticed his sex drive had over time become non-existent and he just felt unhappy. Not sick, just not…good.
I’ve come to the realization that I’m not only becoming healthier physically, but I think even more so mentally.
Of course, there are several factors to consider to live an overall happy and healthy lifestyle, but a big way you can help yourself not only feel better physically, but mentally, is by eating healthy. It took me about a month to get to the point where fast food just didn’t sound appetizing anymore. I got into the habit of cooking my own food and eating at work (we have an employee dining room and there are always healthy options) more frequently and I very rarely go out to eat. I try to plan my meals out for the most part.
So, in closing, try to take baby steps toward changing your eating habits. If you’re out and about, choose wisely and before you pick up a Big Mac on the way home, consider that those calories are just going to set you further back from your fitness goals and it will be easier to go home and cook a healthier alternative than it will be to work the unnecessary calories from that burger off later on.
Think before you eat!