When I was a kid, they had the four basic food groups. Life was easy – 2 servings of meat and poultry, 3 servings of dairy and 4 servings of each of vegetables and fruits, and breads and cereals.
Then, someone decided that we should move to some sort of weird pyramid. I never got the hang of that thing. (Did you notice that the obesity problem coincided with the introduction of the pyramid? Just sayin’)
Thank goodness that the First Lady Mrs. Obama saw the light and created some sort of plate thing. Far as I can tell, there are 5 groups on the plate.
Then they wonder why obesity has become epidemic. It’s because eating has become too complicated.
- Meat: anything that was once considered an animal (that includes fish and shellfish)
- Vegetables and fruits: If it grows in the ground and is not found in the bread aisle, then it is a vegetable or fruit. (The tomato thing is also too complicated. I know it’s a fruit, but to me fruit is sweet and tomatoes aren’t, so they’re veggies.)
- Grain: We called these starches. If you found them in the bread or cereal aisle, then they were grain. Grain was identified by its white or yellow color (wheat, rice, potatoes, noodles = grain)
- Dairy: This was anything that came out of a cow’s udders. I know that cheese can be made from milks of a variety of animals, but I don’t like to think too hard about the origin of my food. It either tastes good or it doesn’t.
Just as you need a balanced physical diet to keep the body healthy, you need a balanced mental diet to keep the mind healthy as well.
Many of you are mentally unhealthy because you don’t eat a balanced Mental Health diet (or are still functioning on the pyramid.) A balanced diet is the key to health.
Here are the four Mental Health Food Groups (this is my blog, so I get to make up my own food groups.)
- Proteins: Build strength and muscle.
- Sugars: Provide energy.
- Fats: Provide stored energy for lean times.
- Fiber: Provides roughage to keep your system running smoothly and provides regularity.
You should eat a well-balanced mental health food diet every day.
Build mental strength and muscle.
You should ingest positive self-affirmations at least twice per day, preferable when your subconscious is most active (first thing in the morning and last thing before going to sleep.)
Positive affirmations have an added benefit of preventing colds caused by negative people that you encounter in your daily travels. By starting your day with upbeat and positive things about you, you build up a natural immunity to negativity.
Sources of mental protein:
- Positive self-affirmation.
- Positive self-talk.
- Positively affirming others.
Provide immediate energy.
Sugars are mentally fattening and should be ingested constantly. You should have no less than 10 servings of mental sugar per day in order to keep happy.
Happiness is the energy that moves people to accomplish unimaginable feats. Coupled with heaping doses of optimism, there are very few limitations.
Happiness has remarkable effects on the mentality. It has been known to ward off haters, impossibilities, stress, and fatigue. It is a mental health antioxidant a super food if you will.
Sources of mental sugar:
- Laughter is the best source of mental sugar. It grows abundantly around positive people.
Fats are stored sources of future mental energy.
They give you strength during times of struggle or despair. They can keep you going until the next happiness harvest.
It is important to store as much fat in your mental health system as possible. You will never know how much you will need or when you will need a dose of happiness energy.
Sources of mental fat:
- Helping others.
- Planting positive seeds.
- Belief in yourself.
Keeps your mental health system running regularly.
No less than 3 sources of fiber should be ingested each day.
Fiber is the balance in your life. Many people do not get enough fiber and therefore throw their mental health systems out of balance by focusing solely on one aspect of their lives.
You must remember that humans are very complex animals and that their systems require a variety of identities in order to function optimally. Never identify yourself as just one thing – parent, spouse, employee, etc. especially if that identity is dependent on someone else. It is subject to change.
You can identify a fiber deficiency by the way that you talk and think. If your thoughts are only of your children, job, spouse, etc., then you have a fiber deficiency in your mental diet and are at risk of severe depression when your role changes.
It is important to begin to add as much additional fiber to your diet as possible immediately.
Sources of mental fiber:
- Club memberships.
If you eat a well-balanced mental health food diet every day and exercise your positive energy muscles, you will feel mentally healthier in no time.
- Keeping Balance in Life (http://eof737.wordpress.com)
- Wrong Side of the Bed (http://weight4us.wordpress.com)
- Believing in Yourself (http://hurdlestohappiness.wordpress.com)
- Wellness Tip of the Day (http://goss-coaching.com)
- Be More Friendly (http://edrobinson.wordpress.com)
- How to Keep Your Mind Where You Want It To Be (http://amsdaily.net)
- Introducing Your Body, Your Mind (psychcentral.com)
- Depressed? Take one nice steak and see me in the morning (junkscience.com)
- Society, Health, and the Politics of Being Fat (ashfurrow.com)