My main mission today has been to find ways of helping me combat SAD. Things that didn’t include the lamps, different kind of light bulbs etc as these are all past my budget of £0. The only way I can do this is by food, buying the foods high in essential amino acids, mainly tryptophan. I of cause did a plea on facebook; after all I have a lot of friends who have their different ways of doing things giving me many points of views and ways to look at my problem.
The main issue is lack of light; I am forever in conflict with having lights on during the day what bulbs to use etc. Of cause I use the energy saving bulbs most of which I have had last me for the past 6 years at least. These were also free at the time… even better. The recycling of them is easy now too. I need more reflective things around me, maybe a hat mobile made with mirrors and faery lights. Ok so that would look awesome but not very practical. I really cannot afford an anti SAD lamp and living on a very gloomy council estate in the midlands doesn’t leave much joy in looking outside. I also have to combat the cold. The curtains should really stay shut to help keep the heat in, so another jumper was put on and the curtains opened. Nope it didn’t work; instead it depressed me a little. Everything is grey not even the garden can offer me any colour other than the brownie colour leaves go when they have all fallen off, although there is some bindweed clinging onto the fence for dear life. All of my friends have suggested getting out of the house at least once a day. This I will do, but only if it isn’t raining. Two things I cannot abide the main one being cold the second being wet and cold lol
So I start researching the food intake I could change that has high levels of tryptophan.
Poultry: a 100-g serving of white meat turkey contains 0.34 g of tryptophan. The same serving size of skinless, roasted chicken has 0.29 g tryptophan
Dairy products: out of the window for me as I am lactose intolerant. *will take this opportunity tell you how much I miss cheese*
Seeds: A 100-g serving of sesame seeds delivers 0.33 g of the amino acid. A healthy snack of dry roasted, unsalted sunflower seeds supplies 0.30 g of tryptophan. The same amount of roasted, unsalted pumpkin seeds packs a whopping 0.57 g of the serotonin precursor. I cannot see this as being a regular option as they tend to cost a fair bit of money and I am looking for something I can add to all our meals so everyone will eat it. It is bad enough that I am the only one in the house with food intolerances so has to have something else most meal times if I eat at all. My usual meal is lunch time and is noodles with veg.
Fish and other seafood *yeay some of my favourite food* cooked tuna contain moderately high levels of tryptophan with more than 0.30 g per 100 g serving. One 100-g serving of steamed or boiled shrimp provides slightly more than the recommended daily allowance of tryptophan, at 0.26 g, you can also up your tryptophan quotient by splurging on a lobster dinner. So if any of you want to take me out a modest 100 g of lobster will net 0.37 g of tryptophan.
What I didn’t know though, was that vitamin B-6 is required to convert tryptophan to serotonin. Both tryptophan and vitamin B-6 can be found in supplement form. Unless I make sure that I have a healthy well balanced diet. Supplements it is then, or lots of monster ripper, or lots and lots of marmite.
So I am going to re-asses my meal of the day, and see if I can find some supplements that are affordable or put up with being sad until the spring. I do not like the idea of supplements but I guess this is going to be my best option; my small budget cannot stretch much further, especially at this time of the year, lots of birthday coming up Yule and my oldest son’s 18th birthday. I also have to make sure I feed the family; my food comes to enough as it is without adding more to the expense.