possible "antidepressant diet"
in my experience, this diet can improve depressed mood:
The "antidepressant diet" consists of 25-75% (by weight): pasteurized whole milk, kefir or buttermilk and unsalted un-processed cheese; 0-40%: raw water extract of wheat (see the recipe below; buckwheat or oats will do); 10-25%: fruits and vegetables or juices that are free of additives. Pungent vegetables (both raw and cooked), legumes, nuts and cooked grains are excluded from this diet. The wheat extract (see below) is an optional component but will make the diet more balanced. There is a small risk that raw grains can contain bacteria, yeast or yeast toxins and the readers are advised to ask the manufacturer if a product in question is safe to be consumed raw. People who are allergic to cow milk may consider using pasteurized goat milk instead. As explained in the book "How to Become Smarter", this diet is safe and can be considered a raw high-protein diet for all intents and purposes. Juices can be pasteurized and fruits and vegetables can be cooked by boiling or steaming. The diet excludes all artificial ingredients (food additives, dietary supplements, seasonings, salad dressings, junk food, etc). If the person takes any medication, the medication should be continued after discussing the safety of this diet with the personal physician.
Whole milk or the related dairy products should not contain artificial vitamins or added calcium because one can easily overdose on these dietary supplements with the amounts of dairy that are present in this diet. A grown man is allowed to consume up to 3 liters (0.7 gallon) of milk or cultured milk per day; the amounts are smaller for women. The staple food of this diet consists of unsalted un-processed cheese mixed with cultured milk (buttermilk or kefir) and sweetened with fruit juice if necessary. Wheat extract, raw, boiled or steamed fruits and vegetables can be added to each meal without restrictions. I should mention that in the context of this unbalanced diet, milk can cause abdominal pain or discomfort (upset stomach) if it is consumed in the same meal with other foods. This problem is not observed with cultured milk. The best way to consume milk is to drink it on an empty stomach 30 minutes before a meal. In the context of balanced diets, milk does not seem to cause any problems, regardless of how it is consumed. Theoretical argumentation behind this diet is described in the aforementioned book.
Possible side effects of the antidepressant diet include: procrastination, low motivation for work, character changes, slightly increased physical fatigue, upset stomach (see above) and increased sweating. This diet seems to have a beneficial effect on internal mood (i.e. how a person feels) and does not have consistent effects on external mood (i.e. talkativeness, laughter, etc).
Raw water extract of wheat can be prepared as follows: mix 2 kilograms (~4.5 pounds) of whole-grain wheat flour (it is grayish in color, not white) with 5 liters (~1.3 gallons) of water to homogeneity. Allow extraction to occur for ~12 hours in the fridge. Decant the clear supernatant carefully (this is the wheat extract) and reextract the solids in a similar fashion using 2 liters of water (half a gallon) two more times. Boiling or pasteurization seem to give it an unpleasant taste and causes the wheat proteins to curdle. The wheat extract can be stored in the fridge for 1-2 days or in the freezer (in plastic bottles) indefinitely. The wheat extract has a pleasant taste, but most people will not find it to be a particularly attractive drink. It is almost as filling as whole grains, and you may feel full after ingesting several glasses of wheat extract, but you will most likely feel that your stomach is empty 5 or 10 minutes later. The taste can be improved if the wheat extract is sweetened with one-fourth volume of grape or pineapple juice (free of additives). The 2:1 mixture of wheat extract with carrot juice is another alternative. Raw wheat extract is highly nutritious and can be consumed as a drink with meals or between meals.
Last edited by ohnonotthis78; 01-29-2010 at 01:16 AM.
Reason: forgot to mention one side effect