Rick Hanson provides information to fill your body and feel better from the food you consume and added supplements.
Your Biochemical Foundation
Overall perspective: Protein is needed for amino acids, which are vital. In general, you get minerals from plants and animals and vitamins from plants. (As an important side note: Vitamin D is built in response to sunlight, and ingested from fish; Vitamin A also comes from fish).
Here are the details:
- Have protein with every meal, especially breakfast. Protein contains the amino acids that are the building blocks of the neurotransmitters and a lot else. Protein also helps regulate blood sugar levels, which helps prevent Type II diabetes and makes it easier to shed excess pounds. Animal protein is best – buy clean meat, organic if you can afford it.
- Eat more vegetables. Everyone agrees that this is important.
- Eat carbohydrates that are not made of sugar and flour (bread, cereal, pasta, etc.). Carbs should mainly come from vegetables, fruits, and whole grains (ideally not turned into flour). Carbs that have a lot of sugar or flour raise your blood sugar rapidly, and their chronic consumption frequently leads to insulin problems and sometimes Type II diabetes. They are also addictive. (Note that many of the diseases of the 20th and 21st centuries are diseases of excess insulin.)