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    I recently had a baby and have been taken aback to find myself feeling depressed. I did not experience this with my first child. I suspect a reason for this may be that I’m more sleep deprived this time around than I was the last time.

    What are foods/supplements I can take to naturally address feeling sad/depressed?

    In the past few days I’ve done the following and it’s really helped (but I want more suggestions):

    -Completely out all sugar ( I was dabbling in it earlier. I think the sleep deprivation had me craving sweets).
    -Eating more salmon
    -Eating more coconut butter and avocados
    -Exercising more
    -Drinking 1/2 cup of black coffee when I feel really bad. It REALLY elevates my mood.

    What else can I do?

    (Edit based on replies below: Yes, I am eating eggs and chicken liver already).
    Last edited by shema; 01-29-2013, 04:32 PM.

  • #2
    Liver and bone broth can help make sure you have the micronutrient bases covered.

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    • #3
      If you can tolerate starch I find white rice and white potatoes great Also eggs are reputed to be a "good mood food" but I have heard reports from some people that too many make them depressed.

      You're gonna have to experiment I guess!
      "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

      In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

      - Ray Peat

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      • #4
        Thanks! Yes, I am eating chicken liver and also eggs are totally a staple in my diet!

        I will try to find more time to make bone broth for myself!

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        • #5
          Tryptophan. It's an amino acid that's the precursor to serotonin. You can either buy it as a supplement or try to eat naturally tryptophan-rich foods, like turkey.

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          • #6
            ^Agreed with the above, but also just ensuring that you are getting enough protein may be enough.

            If you are having a pick-me-up effect from coffee that's not just energy related, I'd wager that your serotonin levels are low.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by serenity View Post
              Tryptophan. It's an amino acid that's the precursor to serotonin. You can either buy it as a supplement or try to eat naturally tryptophan-rich foods, like turkey.
              Yes! I am also drinking goat milk kefir! I read goat milk has lots of tryptophan!

              How do I increase serotonin?

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              • #8
                If you're already doing these things and you're still feeling depressed then maybe you need to try something new too?

                What's your diet like atm?
                "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

                In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

                - Ray Peat

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                • #9
                  I'm feeling better now but wanted additional suggestions. For example last week I was eating ice cream, had some chocolate here and there, etc. I was making smoothies w coconut milk and berries but decided to stop that for the moment. I've cut out all the sugary stuff. Here's what I had today:

                  Breakfast: Omelet w. shitake mushrooms
                  Snack: Coconut butter and cashews
                  Lunch: Salmon w. guacamole
                  Snack: Goat milk kefir
                  Dinner: Okra w. oxtail stew

                  I also put the baby in a stroller and walked a lot.

                  I feel a lot better today but just want to make sure I can maintain feeling better!

                  I am also taking Vitamin D supplements since I live in the northeast and it's dark and cold...

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                  • #10
                    Niacin

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                    • #11
                      I agree with most of what was said above. I believe increasing your fat really helps your brain and mood. Regular high intensity exercise will definitely help as well. And make sure you are trying to get as much vitamin D through sunshine if the weather in your area permits. It topped out at 60 degrees today in Northern California and I was sunbathing for a good half an hour and it felt amazing! For long term depression the best help I can think of is to find something you truly love and get lost in it. Live your passions and your mood is sure to get lifted. Good luck!
                      "If man made it, don't eat it" - Jack Lallane

                      People say I am on a "crazy" diet. What is so crazy about eating veggies, fruits, seafood and organ meats? Just because I don't eat whole wheat and processed food doesn't make my diet "crazy". Maybe everyone else with a SAD are the "crazy" ones for putting that junk in their system.

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                      • #12
                        Oh, and take a high quality omega-3 supplement from an animal source (fish oil, krill oil, etc.). The vegetarian sources are not good because things like flax and chia only have short-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, whereas what you need are long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (DHA, for example). Humans have enzymes that convert the short-chain stuff from plants into the long-chain stuff, but it's horribly inefficient. I think the conversion rate for women is something like 14% or 8%--can't remember for sure.

                        Anyway, studies have shown that omega-3s have a natural anti-depressant effect. Just search "omega-3 and depression" on PubMed. Also look at this: Eating more fish could reduce postpartum depression I found the original article on PubMed but wasn't able to find a free version of the full-text article.

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                        • #13
                          Depression often goes hand in hand with anxiety. I have tried to get DH to take magnesium at night before bed. When he does I noticed a more settled and happier DH.
                          It could be worth a try, however if you are breast feeding - not so sure ????
                          "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

                          ...small steps....

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                          • #14
                            I had depression after I had my daughter. It sort of brought up everything I had ever stuffed down and it all came bubbling up with anxiety and depression. St. John's Wort tincture and tea have helped me, as have fish oil and other supplements of nutrients I was missing.

                            But the best thing was to get some good therapy, including EMDR. That and sleep. I wish that I had gotten help when my daughter was baby. I waited until she was about 2 and I was moderately debilitated.

                            Good luck, mama! PM me if you want to chat.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by shema View Post
                              I'm feeling better now but wanted additional suggestions. For example last week I was eating ice cream, had some chocolate here and there, etc. I was making smoothies w coconut milk and berries but decided to stop that for the moment. I've cut out all the sugary stuff. Here's what I had today:

                              Breakfast: Omelet w. shitake mushrooms
                              Snack: Coconut butter and cashews
                              Lunch: Salmon w. guacamole
                              Snack: Goat milk kefir
                              Dinner: Okra w. oxtail stew

                              I also put the baby in a stroller and walked a lot.

                              I feel a lot better today but just want to make sure I can maintain feeling better!

                              I am also taking Vitamin D supplements since I live in the northeast and it's dark and cold...
                              I don't want to be a carb pusher but... as someone who suffers from depression, adding starch back into my diet has really, really helped with my mental, physical and emotional energy. Consider it
                              "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

                              In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

                              - Ray Peat

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