In many of my videos and writings I have brought up eating healthy to help combat anxiety and depression. However in a modern day world this is not always easy or convenient. By no means am I able to stick to a healthy diet 100% of the time. Not to long ago I ate an entire medium pizza just because I did not feel like having to make any food and because I was not in the mood for any of my "convenient healthy food". So when you try to eat better don't feel bad if a few days here and there you go crazy and eat a box of Twinkies.
Eating healthier gets easier with time. One of the first things you have to do is get most of the things you have read about out of your head. There are so many conflicting diets. Vegan, Vegetarian, Raw Diet, Raw Vegan, Paleolithic Diet, the list goes on and on. There is nothing wrong with most of the diets. But as I have found one size does not fit all. There is no perfect diet. There is only "your" perfect diet. One diet may do wonders for other people and make you a complete mess.
After much research it is my opinion that the "natural" human diet is fruit, vegetables and insects with a very small amount of wild animal such as rabbit, snake, frog, and squirrel. That being said, short of a nuclear war or total economic meltdown I am not about to go harvesting the ants and mealworms just yet.
OK so how can you make super easy choices in a complicated world. These are not "perfect" choices. These are just "better" choices. They like anything else come with their downside.
Canned Food: Low sodium is best but if the store does not have low sodium its ok. White Potato, Carrots, Beans (not pork and beans just plain beans), spinach and beets. Canned chicken and canned sardines. All you have to do is open the can, drain and eat it right out of the can with a fork. Canned food does not have to be heated it is precooked. Sometimes what you can do when you are very hungry and about to eat, lets say half a cake, is open a can of carrots and eat that first. Then eat the cake.
Boil in bag white rice: Just boil water, throw the bag in and about 10 minutes later you have rice. Add your favorite herbs and spices and a little salt if you like or just eat it plain. Tomato sauces mix well with rice. (Brown Rice is better but not always in the convenient boil in bag).
Olive Oil: Extra Virgin Olive Oil is the best choice. Buy a good brand it will taste better and be smoother. Pour the olive oil on to a tablespoon put it in your mouth and swallow. Take two tablespoons then drink a glass of water.
Baby Food: Go and buy stage 3 baby food. Beach-Nut and Gerber are the least expensive, but you could also buy the more expensive organic baby food if you wish. Be sure to buy it in jars only and not the plastic containers. Some of the best choices are carrot, sweet potato, banana, and pear. Open the jar and pour the contents into a cup. Add some cold water to the jar and replace the lid. Shake the jar up and then pour that into your cup. Then add a tiny amount of water to the jar again and shake. Then pour that into the cup. Take a spoon, stir and then drink. You will be surprised how good it actually will taste. When it comes to baby food do not be scared to try the ones with meat. I was for awhile assuming it would taste awful and be gross. It isn't. The ones I have tried are both by Beach-Nut and are Country Vegetable & Chicken and Turkey with Rice. They do contain whole peas and whole bits of rice so be sure when you drink you know that some chewing will be involved.
Applesauce: Get the kind that is 100% natural with no sugar or corn syrup added. Eat it plain or do a 50/50 mix. Add applesauce into a cup and then add some warm water, stir and drink.
Rice Milk: Try this in place of milk but make sure you get the fortified kind that contains Calcium and Vitamin D. Make sure it says Dairy Free.
Multi-Vitamin: Make sure it contains 100% of your Iodine. If you are a man or if you are a woman who no longer gets her menstrual cycle the vitamin should be Iron Free.
There are no hard set rules but things I like to avoid when possible are: Microwaves, Corn, Corn Syrup (basically anything corn), Soy, artificial colors and flavors, artificial sweeteners.
Things to experiment with: Gluten Free and Dairy Free Diets. Maybe try a Grain Free Diet. See how that works for you.
If you are not like me and do not mind having blood work then three great test to have run are an allergy test to foods, celiac disease and hemochromotisis. Also have your Vitamin D levels checked.
Other than that make your own healthy choices. Eat a well balanced diet. Try to get enough sleep. If you are able too try to be sure you are asleep between 10pm and 2am. That is easier said than done if you are like me and can't sleep sometimes. I end up going to bed at 7am and waking up at 3pm.
Don't underestimate the sun. Get some when you can. Do not sit and burn in it, but be sure you get unprotected sun light on your skin.
Try meditation or chanting if you are open to it. One great mediation that walks you through it step by step (which I find helpful otherwise my brain is talking to me too much) is called "Living Soul Meditation" by Mitchell Gibson. If you get the CD the first few time you listen... you will just go through it till you understand it. After that you will have memorized it and you can flow through the CD much easier. (Just so you know I am not going to get any money if you order the CD. I Just really have found it helpful at times.) Here is the link to the CD. http://www.tybro.com/html/audio_cd_s.html