If you've visited the National NAMI site over at www.nami.org you will have seen the recently launched campaign, You Are Not Alone in this Fight. It is a remarkable section of their site dedicated to the personal stories of those living with mental illness. Among this amazing group of highlighted individuals are, Teddy Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, Frida Kahlo, Audie Murphy, Nina Simone, and Gandhi. Mixed in with these famous faces are stories of people like you and me who live everyday with mental illness. There is even a place to share your story!
It really is a great site and we encourage you to check it and let us know if you decide to share your story!
We all need nutrition to support our bodies. A poor diet equals poor health, contributing to obesity, metabolic syndrome and diabetes - conditions that many people living with mental illness are at a high risk of developing. Nutrition is important for everyone. If you are living with mental illness, eating well is especially important for you, because what you eat can affect your daily life, mood and energy level. Healthy eating is not about being thin or deprivation. Healthy eating is about feeling good, having more energy, participating in your recovery and mapping out your future. Simply put, healthy eating is one of the best things you can do to improve wellness. Dietary guidelines set by the USDA state that a healthy diet is one that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fat free or low fat milk products. A healthy diet should include lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts. Be sure to limit saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, sodium and added sugars. Lear more about the U.S. government's guidlelines by reveiwing the food pyramid: mypyramid.gov.