I have developed a 3-point list of what I think makes sense when choosing what food to eat:
Eat well–you’ll feel better.
East mostly food that comes from God’s green Earth.
The best stuff on earth truly comes from Earth.
Not a bottle or frozen box. Pass on chemical-laden drinks and foods with unnatural “natural flavors.”
Remember: sugar is sugar wherever it comes from. Refrain from drinking chocolate milk–it has 33 grams of sugar in an 8 oz glass. Not good if you take an atypical medication for schizophrenia or bipolar that can increase the risk of getting diabetes.
If memory serves it was Michael Pollan who wrote: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
A friend is now going on an eating plan geared to a person with diabetes even though he doesn’t have diabetes. This could make sense as a possible plan for individuals with mental illnesses to adopt.
Lastly: I do NOT endorse drinking sugary sports drinks or Power-Ade type drinks. Not at all. Nor do I endorse drinking Red Bull or other type energy drinks. I DON’T endorse eating power bars of any kind except every so often in a crunch when you have nothing else available. And the shakes available at gyms aren’t the most healthful option either. I only have a shake once or twice a month.
The goal is to remember that when you eat light and healthful there’s almost no restriction so you’re not depriving yourself: you can then have a pastry every so often.