Good nutrition provides the foundation for a good mood, and is an important complement to medication and behavioral therapy in the treatment of depression.
The role of nutrition-
You can use nutrition to help in your recovery. Consider these suggestions:
Try eating frequent small meals and snacks until appetite improves
Eat meals and snacks containing protein (meat, poultry, fish, cheese, eggs, legumes, and nuts) and carbohydrate (milk, fruit, bread, cereal, pasta, potatoes, and rice) at regular intervals each day. Choose comforting foods as a way of self-nurturing.
Include foods from all food groups daily, including:
Dairy and meat for iron and B12
Milk, salmon, and tuna for vitamin D
Grains and greens for thiamine, vitamin B6, and folate
Tuna, salmon, walnuts, and flaxseed for omega-3 fatty acids
Use a daily multivitamin if you are unable to eat adequately from all food groups.
Drink nutritional supplements, such as Ensure?, as a temporary source of nutrients, if food seems unappealing
by Charlene Dubois, MPA, RD