Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Dieting Makes Us Depressed

As part of my 25 by 25 list, I made it a goal to read five books on healthy living this year. So far, I have blogged about two of the five books: Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr and The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.

Today, I would like to share a few things I have taken from the newest healthy living book I have read, "Healthy Living, Life-Boosting, Stress-Beating, Age-Busting ways to Total Health" by the Feel Good Factory. (Try to say that title five times, fast!)

This was a very fun and quick read!

From reading this book, I have been reminded that by making small decisions on a daily basis, you can become healthier.

Ditch the diets; switch to living healthier...

Dieting makes us depressed. Serotonin - the feel good hormone- dropped much faster in women than men who dieted for three weeks during a University of Oxford Study. Your body can't make serotonin without the amino acid tryptophan, and carbohydrate is needed so that tryptophan can reach the brain from the blood-stream. Avoid very low carb diets.

If you have PCOS, you might want to pay very close attention to this:

Stress hormones are made in the pituitary, as are the sex hormones, so it is not surprising that they impact one another. Chronic stress increases testosterone production and can eventually affect periods' frequency. It also worsens conditions such as PCOS.

And, something I think we may already know:

Exercise, even very little exercise, will help you sleep better. Once you're not so exhausted, you'll find the energy to eat better. When you start to notice results, living healthy becomes second nature.

I was able to find a copy of the feel good factory at www.amazon.com for less than $5. I felt refreshed after reading this book, and it's such a quick read that I wouldn't mind going over it again the next time I feel in a slump!

Are you reading any good books right now?

1 comment:

  1. I, myself, am not a big reader. I have to LOVE a book/author to read it. If it doesnt grab my attention in the first chapter or so, I ditch it! Actually right now I just got done with "Notorious Nineteen" by Janet Evanovich, whom I LOVE! Its the 19th book in her series about Stephanie Plum. Its HILARIOUS! Yesterday I just got a book I've been comtemplating spending the money on... Its by William Paul Young (I believe) and its called "Cross Roads"... Its gonna be a good read cuz I read his first book "The Shack" which was MESMORIZING! Did you read "The Shack"???