Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Dietary Change List- Fights OCD
Sugar and caffeine can spike anxiety or bring on a low mood a few hours after ingestion.
Highly processed foods cause sluggishness and weight gain. None of these are helpful for OCD symptoms.
white bread - eat whole wheat or grain bread.
white pasta -wheat or rice pasta
white rice -brown rice (instant okay.)
processed cereals -oatmeal, grits, shredded wheat (stevia, a tad of honey or pure maple syrup to sweeten)
candy and sweets -dates, figs, raisins, fresh fruit, raw nuts, sour dough pretzels
soda -flavored seltzer
processed meats -fresh turkey, lean roast beef, water-packed tuna, hummus, all-natural almond butter
fried chips -baked chips
sugary jellies -naturally sweetened preserves
roasted oily nuts -raw or dry roasted with no oils or sugar added
sugary juices -all natural 100% fruit juice products
coffee and tea -decaf coffee or herbal and decaf tea
Sugar -Stevia, pure maple syrup or honey very sparingly in coffee, tea or on cereal.
From the book: Confronting the Bully of OCD
Note: Children and teens often eat too many sugary snacks. Keep some sweet healthy fruits in the house such as Delicious apples, watermelon, ripe strawberries, etc. as an incentive to substitute a processed sugary treat with a natural wholesome one. Frozen banana chunks are a hit with both children and adults.