Junk Food = Depression?

I’m slowly pluggin’ away at the massive tub of ricotta cheese I have chillin’ in my fridge from Tuesday’s roasted eggplant lasagna dinner.

On Wednesday night I baked a spaghetti squash to have ready for eatin’ for lunch or dinner throughout the rest of the week.

I used a bunch of the forked-out squash in a “pasta” bowl for lunch today.

Thursday's Lunch

I topped the squash with portobello mushrooms, marinara sauce and Parmesan cheese before adding a large dollop of the remaining ricotta cheese. (Maybe the amount of ricotta was too big to be considered a dollop?)

Ricotta Marinara Spaghetti Squash Bowl

All Stirred Up

This meal was really tasty! The ricotta cheese really took it to another level.

I can’t believe I still have almost an entire tub of ricotta remaining. What to make… what to make… ???

Is Junk Food Making You Depressed?

A registered dietitian with the MayoClinic recently addressed the relationship between junk food and depression on the MayoClinic’s web site, which I found pretty interesting:

“Some preliminary research suggests that having a poor diet can make you more vulnerable to depression. Researchers in Britain looked at depression and diet in over 3,000 middle-aged office workers over the course of five years. They found that people who ate a junk food diet — one that was high in processed meat, chocolates, sweet desserts, fried food, refined cereals and high-fat dairy products — were more likely to report symptoms of depression.”

Junk Food

I can honestly say that the process of eating junk food makes me happy, but I rarely feel elated or energetic afterward. I usually enter into a food coma, and find that indulging in sweets triggers my sweet tooth and I keep wanting more and more sweet treats!

How does junk food make you feel?