“Sleepless Saga”. This is what my friend, Mari, labeled the struggle that I’ve been experiencing since November last year. Well, thanks to medication and a proper diet I have somehow managed it. That is the what and why I’m sharing with you today. I’m currently on 100mg of Seroquel daily, and 200mg of Tegretol if we’re talking about prescription meds; but we’re also going to talk about foods that I eat and avoid, and supplements that I take that help me manage the symptoms of mania.
*I have Type 1 Bipolar Disorder.
Bipolar Diet: Natural remedies that helped manage my symptoms
According to my doctor, I should avoid foods/things that can trigger my mania, which include:
According to Medical News Today:
and after doing research on a few Reddit articles:
It took a few weeks to find out which food I can and cannot eat to help me manage my symptoms, especially sleep deprivation. Oh good, I never felt how important sleep was until now. I remember when I was younger it was a treat to stay up late at night. There were also days back in high school I would stay up to create and design websites with no sleep (I wasn’t diagnosed as Bipolar yet).
Now that I’m a grown adult, I don’t have as much energy and rigor to survive the lack of sleep. It makes my mania worse, turning it into an endless cycle.
Food I can eat
- PROTEIN – beef, chicken, fish, seafood, eggs
- Fresh fruits
- Vegetables, root crops, sweet potatoes, potatoes
Food I can eat in minimal amounts
- Rice, Oats
- Natural sweeteners (honey, stevia)
- Chocolate (super moderate)
Food I avoid
- Refined carbs
- Processed Food / Junk food
Supplements I take
Aside from the prescription medicines I have, I also take a few supplements to help balance and manage my brain. This includes Omega-3 from fish oil capsules (buy them here), Vitamin B complex (buy them here) , probiotics (buy them here), and magnesium (buy them here).
I also do weightlifting 3-4x a week as my doctor says it would help spend my excess energy if I’m manic, and it will give me happy hormones if I’m depressive. Excercise is good for you!
If you know me, you know I’m a coffee addict, and being restricted from this really pains me. But sacrifices have to be made in exchange for my sanity. Thank God for DECAF. I was given a go signal to have decaf occasionally so I made a dupe of my fave Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew from Starbucks, bipolar style:
- 1 Grande DECAF Americano, light water
- 2 pumps Sugar-free vanilla
- Splash of breve
- Lots of ice
If I’m feeling more indulgent I’ll add 1 pump of white chocolate mocha, but only on days I’ll be extra active like workout days.
I am not on a keto diet, but Im avoiding gluten and refined carbs as much as possible. Alas, having a sweet tooth sometimes I have cravings here and there. Thank God for Keto desserts I can have my donuts, cake, bread, pasta, and more. I’m sharing a few of my favorites below:
My psychiatrist says it would take months or even more to get “stabilised” again and it is up to me and my brain to cooperate. I miss the boring, normal days. Also if you know any other stores that sell delicious, low-carb, no-sugar treats let me know so I can add them on our list 🙂
*This is what works for me, and maybe not for you. Best to consult your doctor before making any changes with your diet
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