Many Bipolar sufferers have eating disorders. Medications one uses as a Bipolar sufferer affect ones weight and binge eating plays a part in many who suffer from bipolar. It is often said that the things you crave are normally the things which are bad for you. In bipolar people one has the added problem of moods and anything affecting moods in a negative way must be minimised or removed from your diet.
Alcohol, caffeine, tobacco, sugar, chocolate and artificial sweeteners are things that affect brain function. Alcohol is a depressant and should be used in moderation. Most Bipolar people drink coffee all day/night and are normally hooked on caffeine that has a negative effect on depression. When I cut coffee completely from my diet, and most chocolate my migraines came to a stop. Migraines play a big part in Bipolar people lives. Chocolate is a mood elevator which lifts one’s mood. Have you ever turned to chocolate to help you when you feeling low? It contains sugars that elevate your mood but causes an imbalance afterwards.
Because Bipolar medications cause weight gain, its a good thing if you watch your calories and good exercise is advised to help you maintain your weight. Eating fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, walnuts, lentils, nuts but not peanuts, eggs, cold water fish like salmon, basil, and lean meats helps you get plenty omega 3 and they help lower the depression. Vitamins B1-B6 can be used. Vitamin D is gained through sunlight so 15 minutes of sunlight every day is good for you. Zinc can be taken as it is vital to brain health. Use a natural sleeping tablets like Melatonin which is not addictive like other sleeping tablets. Products containing MSG should also be avoided where possible.
This is not a complete list but a guideline of what to eat or avoid to assist you to a healthier you.