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Eating Poorly Equals Feeling Poorly

Posted on 04/3/2012

A new study out yesterday proved something I've long believed...to feel good you must eat well. Eating poorly equals feeling poorly. Commonsense? Yes, but apparently, many don't realize what they eat has a huge impact on their health including how they feel and their mental state. The new study connects those who consume junk food with depression.

According to Spanish researchers, they have found a direct link between the consumption of fast food and depression. They observed nearly 9,000 people over a course of 6 months, and found that those who consumed fast food were 51 percent more likely to develop depression. And the more they ate of the junk food, the greater the risk.

The findings of the study were published in the March issue of the Public Health Nutrition, portrayed the typical fast food consumer as: single, inactive, having poor dietary habits including consuming less fruit, nuts, fish, vegetables and olive oil. These people also tended to be smokers who work more than 45 hours per week.

Although the participants of the study had never been diagnosed with depression or taken anti-depressants, by the end of the study nearly 500 were diagnosed with the condition or started to take anti-depressants.

Researchers said, even eating small amounts of processed foods like pre-packaged cakes and hot dogs is linked to a significantly higher change of developing depression.

This latest study builds upon previous research from the same team, which found that while trans fats and saturated fats have been linked to an increased risk of depression, olive oil can actually provide protection against mental illness.

So, I guess based on these study findings, if you want to feel good then you should eat well. A healthy, balanced diet is the best defense for preventing many diseases and also guards one against developing depression.

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I'm thrilled to report that our Seattle Sutton's 2012 Slim Down contestants are doing great. As of week #12, they are down a total of 423 pounds! Way to go team, you're on the home stretch now...only 3 more weeks to go. Keep up the hard work, dedication and the results will follow! 

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Seattle Sutton, BSN, RN

She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.

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