This has been great call-day/Sunday blues reading:
My dad recommended it to me a while ago and I only got around to reading it today in the lonely call room awaiting babies to be born. Dr. Weil writes about our happiness “set point” and how to go about resetting it. Here were a few ideas I wrote down for myself to start asap:
1) Eat protein for breakfast – do *not* eat any high glycemic load carbs. That means no cereal, waffles, pancakes, muffins, toast, juice, etc… anything that will spike your blood sugar will effect your mood a few hours later.
2) Take omega-3 fatty acid supplements. Modern humans are terribly deficient (“the most serious dietary deficiency in our population) and our brains need it (our brains are 60% fat). Take 2-4 grams/day of fish oil (which has both EPA and DHA). Omega-3 is also in some vegetarian sources (walnuts, chia seeds, hemp seeds, flax) but these sources unfortunately don’t contain both EPA and DHA. (Hopefully soon there will be a EPA and DHA algae-derived supplement — if anyone knows of this in existence please let me know).
3) Take Vitamin D 2000 IU every day. He writes that this is “the second most common and serious nutritional deficiency in our population.” We are rarely in the sun and have vitamin D receptors all over our body, with many in our brain that effect neurotransmitters and mood.
4) Move more — more running and biking and exercising everywhere. He shared this Plato quote that I love:
“In order for man to succeed in life, god provided him with two means, education and physical activity. Not separately, one for the soul and the other for the body, but for the two together. With these two means, men can attain perfection.”