Bipolar Diet

Discover the proven bipolar diet to keep weight down, energy up, and moods stable.

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of mood, food & weight

Do folks with bipolar disorder need a tailored eating plan in the same way diabetics do?

In the definitive medical text on manic depression, bipolar, and mood disorders by Drs Goodwin and Jamison, it is explained that people with bipolar often suffer from reactive hypoglycemia -- that is low blood sugar that occurs one to three hours after a meal.

Symptoms include fatigue, depression, irritability, foggy thinking, panic attacks, and even outbursts of rage. Thankfully there is a practical solution.

Learn to eat in a way that stabilizes insulin and blood sugar -- I did and my moods improved dramatically, and I was able to easily shed over 40lbs of unwanted fat. Discover the Bipolar Diet.

People with bipolar disorder also face hugely increased risk of early death from diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

In fact, research shows that people with bipolar disorder are up to two times more likely to die from heart disease, diabetes and stroke than are members of the general population.

People with bipolar disorder need be aware of the connection between diet and manic depression. They may also have concerns about weight control (many bipolar medications cause significant weight gain), and should minimize the impact of alcohol and other substance abuse -- again, a frequent issue amongst people with bipolar disorder!

There are many useful bipolar specific tips and tricks that - while being healthy eating principles for anyone - are especially vital to the person with bipolar disorder who is seeking to balance their moods and manage their weight.


People with bipolar disorder also face hugely increased risk of early death from diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

My research and experience boils down to 6 simple but essential rules:

1. Eat enough protein, especially low fat protein such as fish, lean meat, poultry and/or alternatives.

Protein in a meal will lift mood and alertness. Protein stimulates production of norepinephrine and dopamine - critical neurotransmitters which bipolar people often need to boost. Eating salmon is is a wonderful choice, due to proven benefits of fish oil in bipolar treatments. Fish oil/omega-3 is essential in an optimized bipolar diet, and is especially useful against bipolar depression.

2. Eat plenty of vegetables, especially leafy greens with folate.

Folic acid is one of the three proven natural treatments for bipolar. Discover more about folic acid and bipolar disorder.

3. Be disciplined and restrict cereals (including breads, rice, pasta and noodles), and preferably eat wholegrain.

Moderate intake of "slow release" unrefined carbs are great for promoting relaxation and combating stress by regulating serotonin. However "bad" carbs that are highly refined or combined with sugar promote weight gain, make you tired and sluggish, impair cognitive functions, and mess up insulin responses. The last thing any bipolar person needs is to ride a roller coaster of sugar highs and crashes. Given the weight gain and diabetes caused by some bipolar medications this is critical.

4. Eat fresh fruit, but in moderation.

Only 1 to 3 serves per day. LIMIT ALL OTHER SUGAR AS MUCH AS YOU CAN.

5. Replace unhealthy fats with omegas, especially omega-3.

Use high quality fish oil to obtain your omega-3 and replace saturated fats with something that is actually good for you, like pure olive oil. Beware of "bad fats" and NEVER eat trans fats.

6. Limit your alcohol intake if you choose to drink.

Bipolar people are far more likely than the general population to be alcoholics. The empty calories, increased carbohydrate consumption, and mood fluctuations promoted by drinking are a recipe for disaster.

Supplements are important, but don't waste your money on gimmicks and unproven "miracles". A good multivitamin (research shows they really can help bipolar people), and the proven bipolar supplements of fish oil and folic acid are your best bets.

Bipolar diet for weight loss

Let's face it - the perfect bipolar diet would control weight as well as mood swings. Most of us on medication struggle constantly with our weight. Lithium has been wonderful for me, but once I raised my dose, I gained over 40 lbs! It made me miserable!

In order to lose the weight I had to master some basic guidelines about portion control, healthy meal combinations, and cheap, quick and easy way to incorporate plenty of omega-3s, folic acid, and other bipolar supporting natural nutrients into my diet, without taking a gazillion pills or buying expensive supplements.

Of course many people who take medication gain weight. As well as destroying self-esteem, this can cause serious health problems like diabetes and hypertension. Weight gain is the main reason people go off their bipolar medication - leading to devastating episodes of mania and/or depression.

Portion control and exercise are the magic combination for me. I am blessed to have been able to buy an excellent treadmill and I use it every day. Like so much else to do with bipolar, I find I am either in an upward or downward spiral - if I miss my walk it is harder to eat wisely, but if I get in my daily walk (I do it while watching DVDs of Lost or Desperate Housewives) it is easy to follow my usual routine of fish, veggies, controlled quantities of complex carbs, and supplements for plenty of omegas, folate and vitamin B12.

Losing weight and cleaning up my diet was a very dramatic life change for me. I lost over 50 lbs and cut my body fat from a horrifying over 44% to an acceptable 25%. My diet and exercise routine has been a life-saver - literally! It has been the only way of boosting energy without inducing mania by regulating adrenaline and other stress hormones - like most bipolar people, mine were pretty messed up.

In February 2009, the medical journal Psychiatric Services published findings showing that bipolar disorder can DOUBLE your risk of early death from a range of medical conditions - including those that can be controlled through diet and exercise.

This is why The Bipolar Diet is SO important!

Did you know that:

1. 35% of people with bipolar disorder are obese? This is the highest percentage for any psychiatric illness.

2. People with bipolar disorder are 3 times more likely to develop diabetes than are members of the general population.

3. People with bipolar disorder are 1.5 - 2 times more likely to die from conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and stroke.

Would you like to learn how the same Bipolar Diet eating strategies that control mood swings ALSO manage weight AND protect against these heightened risks of fatal disease?

Would you like to know the secrets that showed me how to get and stay motivated to exercise?

Discover The Bipolar Diet

"Doctors love to say stuff like "Would you rather be plump, or would you rather be crazy?" Of course plump is not even half the story. Bipolar medication can make you fat - really fat! Not many doctors would be able to live with it. Finding out that sensible and effective eating for fat loss contains all the same principles as eating to minimize mood swings is the greatest discovery I ever made! Discover THE BIPOLAR DIET today."

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