The LodeStone Center provides nutrition planning as part of our wellness services. We have a registered dietitian who you can schedule appointments with either stand alone, or along with one of our mental health clinicians. If you would like more information, or would like to request a first visit, you can either fill out the contact form on this page and we will get in touch with you or you can also call us directly at 847-802-4058.
What Are Nutrition Plans?
A personal nutrition plan created by you and your dietitian will include consideration of:
- Times of eating
- Loss of appetite
- Increased appetite and food cravings
- Mindful Eating
- Carbohydrates and blood sugar: episodes of low blood sugar or high blood sugar may play a role in the development of depression. Carbohydrate rich foods trigger brain chemicals, which increase feelings of well being. Carbohydrates high in fiber are likely to provide a moderate but lasting effect on brain chemistry and mood, as compared to the immediate but temporary high that refined carbohydrates give.
- Proteins: amino acids such as tryptophan, tyrosine, and glutamine produce the neurotransmitters that contribute to your mood.
- Fats: fatty acids are important parts of the brain and nervous system. Deficiency in omega3 fatty acids and below normal levels of circulating cholesterol are believed to effect the development of depression.
- Vitamins and Mineral: vitamins B1, B6, B12, C, D, and folic acid, and minerals (copper, iron, magnesium, zinc) are involved in the production of neurotransmitters that influence your mood. Other minerals involved in the possible development of depression include calcium, chromium, iodine, and selenium. The diets of those suffering from depression have often been found deficient in Vitamins B1, B2, B6, B12, and folate, as well as minerals phosphorous, zinc, magnesium, and iron.
- Medications: antidepressants and other medications may effect appetite, thirst, digestion, absorption, excretion, weight, and nutrient needs. Many medications taken for depression can cause undesirable weight changes and may require alterations in diets
If you have any questions or concerns regarding nutrition counseling, please don’t hesitate to call and speak with us. We are happy to answer questions, help look into your insurance benefits or explain how counseling might be beneficial to you. If you have questions, and would like to speak to one of our professionals, contact us today.