Is Your Diet Making You Moody?

December 17, 2012 | By | 8 Replies More

Margie King, Green Med Info
Waking Times

How many people do you know who are on a low-fat, high carbohydrate diet? How many people do you know who are on antidepressants? Is there a link?

Julia Ross, a clinical psychologist and author of The Mood Cure, sees a connection between the skyrocketing rates of depression and the diet obsession in this country. Statistics show:

At the same time, Ross says, our diets have deteriorated to the point of “epidemic malnutrition.” She notes that in 1965, after the processed food industry had been going strong for about 10 years, the average U.S. woman was deficient in 3 nutrients.  By 1990 that deficiency had risen to 13 nutrients.

Ross traces the problem in part to a beauty infatuation starting in the 1960′s that led women to slash fat and calories from their diets. Compounding the problem, she says, was the introduction in the 1970s ofhighly addictive corn syrup sweeteners that are twice as sweet as sucrose and twice as addictive. This combination led women to starve themselves for the “Twiggy look” but also made them unable to resist hi-carb processed foods that made them fat.

Ross, an expert on the treatment of eating disorders and addictions, says the first symptoms of malnutrition are emotional, what she calls “false moods.” She categorizes 4 false moods depending on which of 4 neurotransmitters (serotonin, catecholamines, GABA and endorphins) are not being produced by the brain because of the absence of certain amino acids in the diet.

When these neurotransmitters are low, some people become irritable or quick to anger, sometimes even becoming violent, which Ross believes leads to many incidents of domestic violence. Other people exhibit signs of depression, becoming apathetic or having no energy, suffering shakiness, teariness and in general an increased inability to deal with stress. Still others are overwhelmed by anxiety.

How do you avoid falling into the trap of these false moods? Ross advises a whole foods diet that sustains stable blood sugar for the longest time possible. This includes primarily saturated fats, high protein and fresh vegetables.  Whole carbohydrates are only included in her plan as tolerated by an individual.

However, for people who are already malnourished and addicted to processed foods and sugar, Ross recommends amino acids and other nutritional supplements.  These can help decrease cravings for sugar and high starch foods and make it easier to maintain a wholesome diet.

Ross claims that diet is essential to correcting neurotransmitter deficiencies and mood disorders, and that protein is the single most important nutrient required.  This is because the brain is “protein dependent.”

Many people today are trying to eliminate or cut back on animal protein, but fail to find a replacement protein source and rely instead on increasing carbohydrates. Ross recommends that everyone eat at least 25 to 30 grams of protein per meal.  This compares to the 18 to 20 grams recommended by many restrictive diets.

For those suffering from depression, anxiety and stress, the program developed by Julia Ross offers a natural solution and first line of defense.  This program is best explored with a nutritionist before resorting to drugs and the toxic side-effects of antidepressants.

About The Author

Margie King is a holistic health coach and graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition®. A Wharton M.B.A. and practicing corporate attorney for 20 years, Margie left the world of business to pursue her passion for all things nutritious. She now works with midlife women and busy professionals to improve their health, energy and happiness through individual and group coaching, as well as webinars, workshops and cooking classes. She is also a professional copywriter and prolific health and nutrition writer whose work appears as the National Nutrition Examiner. To contact Margie, visit

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  1. Tom says:

    Mother’s breast milk contains 6% protein by calories, and is capable of growing a whole new human – why would we need any more than that as adults? We don’t, in fact, excessive protein intake is unhealthy. Very unhealthy if that protein is casin, i.e. dairy.

    This author is misinformed. Whole plant food diets, mostly fruit and vegetables – which average more than 80% calories by carbs, is completely healthy, and in fact be optimal for everyone. Malnutrition and calorie restriction is what causes mental issues.

    Eating the pathogenic energetic burden of dead flesh can cause mental issues as well.

    • Mike says:

      Tom you are a bit arrogant and ridiculous. Our diets are killing us. The experts give deceitful guidelines. The food people load our food with poisons. You have no idea of the combined effects of the plans they have made for us. In the short term more torment, sickness and disease. In the longer term, absolute mayhem,chaos and death, on a massive scale. Keep dreaming.

      • Tom says:

        Mike, you are a lot ridiculous, and obviously not very well educated. Get off the Alex Jones, dude – it ain’t helping you. Your diet is one area of your life where you still have the power.

        • Marie says:

          It’s funny you should mention Alex Jones, especially considering that no one else mentioned him but you. Jones, although I dont always agree with his approach, has done his research and in fact tells people to scrutinize the documents he offers as proof.

          The fact is that the food industry in this country is a joke. Even organic products are not safe because of this deliberate contamination and malfeasance that’s well documented for those who care to do the research, which clearly, you have not. I have done enough on my own, thank you.

          If you care to learn more, here’s an article by Dr. Damato concerning the very real Codex Alimentarius; linked with the equally real Agenda 21.

  2. Bri says:

    Well folks, you’ve been informed. If you may use my change of personality after going vegan, I’ll state my case. I was at the end of my wits and close to a physical breakdown, but what really put me on the vegan diet was my last visit to the dentist. I was embarrassed by my white tongue, and my many caps and teeth with root canals. I was told that I needed another cap. That was it. Right then I went from a sugar eating, meat eating, standard American diet, to eating vegetables. By the way did you know that sugars do the most harm by absorption thru the stomach, intestines, then via the blood to your dentin. In 6 minutes. If you have a compromised tooth, enamel eroding, then the dentin of this tooth is painfully affected. Eat veggies and swish your mouth with coconut oil and your teeth will probably recover. Ever been told that? No, because dentists got to make money. Have you been told that vegan dieters have great teeth? No? I’ll tell you why, because we don’t have meat particles remiaing stuck In our teeth for days after eating. How’s your breath? Teeth, btw, showcase your health status. That’s right. Healthy status first, white teeth as a result. Anyway, back to personality change for the better after eating vegan. If you are stuck in a diet where meat stays in your system, teeth, small intestines, blood, for a week after eating it, then your are going to be iratable. Just like having a thorn in your foot. You are not happy. The next question is, is the standard American diet ours, on purpose? Why not? We’re always ready for a fight, here in America and abroad. Sorta fits don’t it. Yes, we see things more clearly once we eat only veggies. Start eating veggies only and give it a week, you’ll have a better outlook on life. Join the club. It’s great here in veggie land.

  3. Tom says:

    A low fat, high carb diet means 80/10/10 (google it). I would be willing to bet that the author has never tried this diet, nor do they know anyone who has. Most people get 25-45% of their calories from fat – this includes many raw fooders and many vegans. Your body is simply not designed to run efficiently on this much fat, and does much better without it. Fruit is your friend. Calorie restricting, low-carb fad diets will mess you up.

  4. cindy says:

    Nourish your MENTAL WELL BEING, by nourishing your physical being!
    Including: exercise, fresh air, and things that make you happy, like music, dancing, loving your family!!

  5. RoseC says:

    I love how half of the TV ads are for fast/junk food and most of the remaining ads are for pills and drugs to try and cure what the cr*ppy food has caused. Eat veggie/vegan and you’ll notice a big improvement in all facets of your life. I cured a tooth abscess years ago with 3 days of distilled water and fresh juicy fruits – gone and never returned. People fall for all the brainwashing out there and the end result is that they are unable to think for themselves anymore.

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