I’ve been hovering around a dangerous level of sadness for a couple of months now… So I decided to google “foods that make you happy” and mushrooms were around the top of the list because of the selenium content. I thought it was interesting that we all seem to back it up even though there isn’t much scientific evidence. Spinach was also up there because it is high in folate, also known as vitamin B: The happy vitamin. Oily fish are rich in omega-3. Shrimp is very low on the scale, but it’s there nonetheless. A daily supplement of Omega-3 has proven to be more effective than prescription antidepressants in some cases. And of course the avocado, a great source of omega-3. Obviously food won’t fix everything for me, I have a lot of life changes that need to be made very soon. The best wisdom I have to share aside from my delicious recipes is a quote:
Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, surrounding yourself with assholes. – William Gibson
There are a lot of other ways to shake the winter blues.
Mood lights are amazing to be around after a long day at the office forgetting what sunlight is. Light boxes are effective not only in seasonal depression but also clinical depression and help you regain focus.
It’s a little bit redundant to say, but go to the gym. Or yoga, or cross fit, or HIIT training, or kickboxing, anything that makes you excited to get out of the house. I say it’s redundant because you’ve probably heard a million times that physical activity releases endorphins but sometimes it’s difficult to even find the motivation to go… which is why I like to treat myself to new clothes, new water bottles, new supplements here and there that I’m actually excited to use.
Tanning beds. A doctor will be reluctant to recommend this, however a lot of doctors do it themselves. Even a 4 minute session is enough vitamin D exposure to lift your mood without actually tanning you. Talk to a tanning advisor or your doctor about your skin type beforehand.
Something I hate being told, but love to remind myself, is to be grateful. I spend so much time stewing in my own anger and frustration over the things I can’t change that I forget how far I’ve come. Think of everything you have now that you didn’t have 5 years ago. Now imagine what you could have 5 years from now, knowing that.
Anyway, here’s the mushrooms.
6 mini portobellos
1/2 lb peeled, deveined shrimp
1 avocado, cubed
2 cups fresh spinach
2 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp oregano
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp pure olive oil
In a small frying pan, sauté the spinach in 1 tbsp of coconut oil and lightly dust with some garlic powder and salt. Set to the side in a small bowl. In the same pan, using the leftover oil, combine shrimp, avocado, salt, garlic powder, oregano and olive oil. Simmer on low heat for 10 minutes.
In a large frying pan, in 1tbsp coconut oil, place portobellos face down with the cores removed. Drizzle balsamic vinegar overtop. Simmer for 5 minutes and then flip and simmer 5 more minutes.
Place all portobellos on a serving tray and line the inside of them with spinach and top each one with shrimp and avocado mixture. Garnish with fresh basil.