If you have Bipolar disorder, it’s important that you have a healthy, balanced diet. However, this can be easier said than done at times. In fact, it has been suggested that there’s a link between uncontrollable overeating and Bipolar disorder.

There’s also a possible issue with Bipolar medication as it can cause weight gain. With this in mind, it’s important that you try to have a healthy balanced diet when you can think about your eating habits. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

The tips that you can find below can help you to follow a healthier diet that’s also better for people with Bipolar disorder. 

Foods That are Good for Your Gut 

The health of your gastrointestinal (GI) tract can influence your brain’s health.  Foods such as yogurt, almonds, olive oil, sourdough, peas, bananas, garlic, ginger, and Brussel sprouts can all help to keep your gut healthy. 

Anti-inflammatory Foods 

Anti-inflammatory foods such as fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, grains, and seafood are ideal. In fact, a study showed people who regularly eat these foods are more likely to respond better to treatment. In addition to this, foods such as these can help to keep your mood stable. 

Fibre-rich Foods 

Fibre-rich foods can help you to stay fuller for longer, which can help to prevent you from overeating. When you eat fibre-rich foods, you’re less likely to be constipated. 

You should ideally consume 25-35 grams of fibre a day. However, if you want to increase the amount of fibre in your diet, please do it gradually. A gradual increase will help to prevent a build-up of gas. You should also drink more water as it can help the high-fibre foods to move through your body a little quicker. 

Portion Control 

When it comes to the subject of portion control, many people struggle. However, as long as the food you’re eating has a good balance of nutrients, you can almost eat as much as you like. 

Ideally, you should fill half of your plate with a mixed veg salad or non-starchy vegetables. A quarter of your plate should contain protein such as tofu, chicken, or fish. The remaining quarter should contain starchy vegetables or wholegrain foods such as sweetcorn, peas, butternut squash, or sweet potato. 

When you’re eating a meal, please make sure that you eat slowly and you allow your body to digest the food. Stop eating when you begin to feel full. It takes your body 10 minutes to register how full it is. Therefore, you may wish to wait 10 minutes before you reach for seconds or dessert. 

These tips could help you to lose weight, have better brain and gut health, and feel better about yourself. They won’t cure Bipolar, as such, but they can make a difference to how you feel.

There is Bipolar disorder help in Selby. If you’re struggling, please speak to your doctor. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk