Do you know of a specific diet that is beneficial for BP?
Hmm… A diet for bipolar disorder… That’s actually a very good question! I’m glad you asked it! Wouldn’t it be fantastical if we could eat one specific food and our moods would stabilize, we wouldn’t have any more rages, no anxiety freak outs, and we wouldn’t go on any major spending sprees that leave us bankrupt (although, I must admit, I do love to shop! Lol) It’s kind of like Alice in Wonderland. Eat this tart, you’ll grow bigger, eat this tart, you’ll start to shrink, eat a little of both you’ll be your regular size. So, for us, eat this tart, you’ll be manic, eat this tart, you’ll be depressed, eat a little of both, you’ll have a stable mood. Yes, if only the Cheshire Cat and the White Rabbit were real… *sigh*
Ok, enough of the jibber jabber-jabber. Let’s get to the point. What kinds of foods can be our tarts to stability? According to a psych nurse I talked to while on the psych ward, there is no set diet that can stabilize our mood swings and everything associated with bipolar. She did say that it is important to avoid consuming too much caffeine, as that can throw your system out of whack. Another thing to limit is simple carbs such as pop, juice, pasta and bread made with white flour, and packaged cereals. Basically anything that has no fiber. The hardest food for me to limit/avoid is sugar. Boy do I love me some sweets! And, of course, this is probably the one you want to avoid most… Eating too much sugar can cause an increase in your glucose which will give you energy and make you feel almost manic, or hypomanic. Then, as the sugar leaves your system, your glucose will drop, as will your energy. You’re likely to end up in a depressive state here. (And yes, I can personally attest to the up and down of sugar!!!) Now, I’m not saying you can’t ever eat these foods. I’d probably starve if I couldn’t have some of it! But it’s important to limit the amount you eat.
I was still curious if there was a specific diet out there, so I asked the Pdoc at the hospital. He seemed pretty knowledgeable, so I figured I’d give him a chance. He said (in his very Russian accent) “I do not dink dere is a diet for de bipolar disorder. If dere was, we would not be where we are now!” (Can you hear the thick Russian-iness there?) He did also say that if you look online, you may be able to find some hoax of a diet, but it will not work. They are just trying to get money or whatever.
So, all in all, I was pretty bummed to learn there are no special tarts we can eat to make us bigger, smaller, or regular sized – Sorry I had to be the bearer of bad news!