The Results are In: 29 Points
Good Food for Me!
Feed Me, See More: The Impact of Bananas
Bananas weren’t just happy in their proud yellow color; they made me very happy too! There were plenty of days where I didn’t experience any depressive symptoms at all. I also noticed a huge change in symptoms of low thyroid function. Specifically, that whole constipation thing; let’s just say it wasn’t an issue. Fiber really does count for a lot when you have trouble with…that.
As far as depressive symptoms, I noticed a vast improvement in sleep (especially after all those funky mushroom dreams). Loss of appetite was nonexistent, meaning I ate more consistently this week than I normally do. That always cheers me up! As I’ve mentioned in past posts, part of my own struggle with depression manifests as starvation; I don’t feel hungry, so I don’t eat, and then I still don’t feel good. When certain food choices keep my appetite up, it’s a lot harder for me to feel down about anything.
I did not notice a significant impact on anxiety symptoms, but they were lower overall too.
Play with Your Food: Recipes of the Week
Bananas can be enjoyed just the way they are, but an added bonus to keeping this blog is keeping myself busy in the kitchen. Cooking makes me happy, so in keeping with the spirit of staying happy, I still try and use a few recipes each week. Bananas were no exception here!
1. Elvis Sandwich by Zach at Allrecipes.com
Elvis was known for a lot of things, but his health consciousness was sadly not one of them. This indulgent, delicious sammie satisfied the banana qualification while also proving to be a filling treat. My own ratio of peanut butter to banana to bacon was probably off; and it doesn’t help this sandwich’s case that I sustained a small burn on a cast iron skillet here. No lasting effects, but man did that hurt! In my quest for super crispy bacon (can you really eat it any other way), I had to pop the strips in the oven, and thus the burn incident occurred. Be careful trying this at home (in other words, don’t do what I did.)
I might try this recipe again, but I’ll make sure I have plenty of time to test the ratio first, and Neosporin on hand…
2. Banana Pancakes by Tasty
These were delicious, but faulty. The pancakes did not want to hold together, no matter how much I tried to keep them concise in the pan. Tasty tips for this recipe include using flour and I will try that the next time. They tasted a lot like banana and for some reason reminded me of French toast. I am one of those, “French toast is way better than waffles” people, so this one will make the recipe repertoire as soon as I figure out how to keep those pancakes from becoming pancake confusion.
Thanks to Zack and Tasty for all your help in the kitchen this week!
Mindful Eating: Closing Thoughts on Bananas
These herbs (check out the introduction for that little nugget of information) will be gracing my kitchen all the time. They look happy, made me happy, and are easy as can be when it comes to taking a bite. That whole “too much sugar” debate did not hold up for me. Bananas are my new best friends.
Come back Monday to read about a Food of the Week!