My first day of the challenge was a success! I filled up on tasty foods:
- Plain yogurt with frozen berries
- Skim milk
- Apples and bananas
- Copious amounts of white tea
- Oatmeal with sugar and cinnamon
- Salmon poached in white wine with scallops, roasted yam fries, and steamed asparagus
In other news, I read an article over at the Winnipeg Free Press the other day about prescription drugs and antidepressants, which offered some food for thought. It seems to me that drugs are being handed out left, right, and center these days, as the solution to all of life’s problems.
I don’t think much of most kinds of drugs and try to avoid them as much as possible; I don’t even like to take aspirin for headaches. I really think that there are some circumstances in which drugs are of immense help (recovering from getting my wisdom teeth out would have been that much more brutal if I didn’t have a bottle of T3s for company!), but I also believe that all too often we reach for the pills when they aren’t necessary. And as our bodies become used to these drugs, they become dependent on them. It weakens the immune system and means that gradually to get the same effect you need to take two pills instead of one, and so on.
The issue with antidepressants is very concerning. How could 30.2 million antidepressant prescriptions be filled within the space of one year?! And the correlation between weight gain and taking antidepressants is staggering. I’m sure it’s resulted in tons of people becoming even more depressed and just winds up a vicious, unhappy, unhealthy cycle. As always, the problem is over-prescribing and overusing these drugs. Moderation, moderation, moderation!
Please note that I’m not saying all pharmaceutical drugs are the devil, and I’m not saying it’s necessary to abstain from them altogether. Sometimes, it really might be the only thing that’ll work. But I unfortunately don’t know enough about antidepressants to say whether they’re of much help to most people.
I’ve experienced mild depression several times, but I spent my time focusing on exercising and reading good books to help me get better; that combined with letting time pass was what did it for me (and possibly the approach of warmer weather :)). Taking antidepressants wasn’t even something I considered as an option. It’s just not for me.
Have any of you ever been on antidepressants and did they work? Or were there negative side effects that made it not worth it?
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