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5 ways to K.O. depression.

Today is Bell Let’s Talk Day. Okay, let’s talk about that shit. My name is Chris and I’ve battled depression my whole life. It’s not something that comes on and then goes away, and it’s not something I can explain. It’s always been there. It’s always on. And it’s not something to be ashamed of. Regardless of Bell’s initiatives, the fight against metal illness is every day, and here’s how I do it.

 

Prescription drug use is the highest it’s eve been, a huge chunk of which is anti-depressants. They make you eat more, they fuck with your dick, your metabolism, and most of all, you feel weird and gross when you’re on them. It feels like your soul is drained. At least that was my experience. But even worse, you become reliant on them. Prescription drugs are effective and help many people, sure – some people need pills to live. There’s also a tonne of people who could get off that shit with a couple simple lifestyle alterations.

 

Inflammation Linked to Depression

 

There’s a ton of studies linking depression to nutrition. A relatively new, but exciting one; Inflammation being linked to depression.

 

Just like spraining an ankle or pulling a muscle when you make bad choices in your actions, your organs are affected by the choices you make with foods you consume. When you eat things like processed foods, refined grains, high sugar foods, booze, and dairy, your organs get all swoled up and your body hates it. Yo’ shit’s inflamed. When inflammation occurs in the brain from eating shitty fats, sugars and booze… we get bummed out.

 

By eating cruciferous and high in vitamin A vegetables, high antioxidant fruits like berries and oranges and omega 3 fatty acids, we will lower inflammation and the omegas help build serotonin (the main hormone linked to well being and happy thoughts). Sunglasses emoji.

 

Eat these:

 

Broccoli Sprouts, Brussels Sprouts, Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale, Chard, Spinach, veggies rich in Vitamin A  (orange and red ones), fish and nut fats.

 

Healthy Gut Biome.

 

Have you ever been really hungry, ate something and felt tingles in your brain parts? That’s because our digestive tract and the brain are linked and communicate through something called the Vagus Nerve. There’s science backing the theory in mice, and without going into a full on physiology lesson, basically our gut bacteria is super important to our overall health. In our guts, we have stuff called gut micro-biome or gut flora. This is good bacteria inside of us that fights off a tonne of bad shit, while making vitamins out of foods we eat, and busting up dietary fibre into fatty acids that helps our immune system function. Our gut also plays a role in our mood! In fact, studies prove that a healthy gut biome reduces anxiousness and depressive behaviour more effectively than Lexapro. Keeping a healthy gut will help in tonnes of ways other than not being a sad panda. You’ll get sick less because your bacterias will be a fucking war machine. These motherfuckers will fuck up all the invaders. Plus, your shits are gonna be so great. Not to mention you’re gonna get heartburn way less.

 

Enter Probiotics. Eating probiotics and prebiotic fibre will help your gut biome thrive, but remember, these things hang out in your intestines and you DO shit them out; that’s just how our bodies work. You gotta keep taking ‘em in order for them to really work. If you have Crohn’s or Colitis, scroll on, friendo. This shit aint for you.

 

Probiotic foods

Kefir, Yogurt, Banana, Kimchi, Cheese

 

You can make em stick around longer and make them more effective with Prebiotics aka the shit Probiotics eat.

 

Prebiotic Foods

Asparagus, Onions, Baked Wheat flour, Raw Garlic, Dandelion Leaves

 

Bone Broths are also thought to attribute to a healthy gut lining.

 

Increasing Norepinephrine

 

Norepineffuck? It’s a stress hormone commonly attributed to our “fight or flight” response. When we put our body through stress like a strenuous workout, hot steam room / hot yoga, or even just rage the fuck out on some motherucker in traffic, our bodies release this hormone. This hormone reacts with Tyrosine, an amino acid in our DNA. They form like Voltron into this stuff called L-DOPA. Dopamine. Aka the shit that is triggered in your brain that makes drugs and alcohol superhappyfuntimes when you’re on them. When dopamine is present, your body feels the need to start making L-tryptophan which is the building blocks for serotonin, aka happy juice. Drugs and booze are great, at the time. But they deplete serotonin stores. Then our body has to work to fill them up again. Aka, the come-down. When we work out and put our body through heat or stress, we are activating these hormones without depleting them. Hence, why you feel high as fuck after a workout.

 

Hit up a hot yoga class, take a warm bath, go crush a a HIIT set or rage the fuck out to some Speed Metal.

 

Go The Fuck To Sleep

 

Nas says he never sleeps because it’s the cousin of death. If that’s true, Nas must need a fucking hug. Sleep is for dreamers.

Sure, one more episode on Netflix or one last mission on the old xbox seem great and all, but crushing those are just keeping your serotonin from being replenished. Sleep is where your body recovers. Not just from working out, but also from all the barrage of constant bullshit you have to deal with every fuckin day. Shut the idiot box off and get some shut eye.

 

Push Yourself

 

Take it from me, I know. Doing stuff when you’re sad is hard. But accomplishing a goal can make you feel really fuckin good. When you’re depressed, starting something new can be really scary and overwhelming. The important thing is to start. Think about a goal. Something small, that you’d like to do, change, or try. It could be health related, career related or even taking on some mundane responsibility that you’ve unconsciously neglected for the past week. Make it something easy that you know you can accomplish. Accomplish it, and set another goal. Then another. Then Another. What’s the worst that can happen? You’ll fail? So fuckin what. Get up and try again. Every failure is the creation of a great story. So go create a story.

 

Depression is crippling, but so is eating like shit and not doing anything about it. There’s an easy fix, which is pills, but there’s also wonderful medicine inside every fruit, vegetable, meat and meat alternative. Get active. It’s fuckin hard. But all you have to do is start. Then, start again 65 times again until starting becomes a habit.

 

If you’re feeling depressed, there’s help available. Seek it out. If you are under the care of a physician, do not drop their treatment. Don’t keep your sadness inside. Make something out of it. Oh, and drink lots of water. It will help with all of the above.

 

Be Healthy,

 

Chris.

An open letter about meat worship.

Meat is a beautiful thing. It comes from an animal that gave it’s life to provide you with a rich source of proteins, vitamins and a full range of amino acid profiles. Every bite should be cherished. However, we’ve reached a point where meat is a commodity. In a world full of all you can eat for $19.99 and dollar menu cheeseburgers, we’ve become separated from what meat really is.

Meat, the way it is farmed today is destroying the planet. Straight up. It consumes mass amounts of resources, and gives off 18% of all greenhouse gas emissions. That’s more greenhouse gases produced than transportation. That’s fucking bonkers. At the rate we’re going with livestock farming, it’s simply not sustainable for the future. The Vegans aren’t totally wrong. Meat can also have some negative effects on your health, especially the way we like to cook it – Smoked, over fire, slathered in sauce… goddamned delicious. The chemical reaction that seared or burnt meat has on your neurological sensors is nothing short of fucking magical, and we need proteins to be strong, right? Fuck yes we do. Meat is glorious on a lot of levels. So fucking treat it as such.

We put meat on the highest pedestal of the plate, making it the focal point of our meals, we worship it on social media, and we are consuming FAR too much of it. Your body only absorbs about 20 grams of protein per meal. And the RDA for protein for Men is 56 grams. The RDA for women is 46 grams. One 6 ounce steak pulls in 52 grams of protein. The rest goes to your liver for storage or gets pissed out. 

Meanwhile, behind the scenes of every 20 cent wing night, and 2 can dine for 25.99 shack, it’s a very different story. Over populated factory farms fueled by corruption, greed and cruelty, overflowing with disease ridden livestock. The way the animals are treated, not to mention the smell of these fucking places is enough to turn your stomach at the sheer thought of it, if you’ve ever experienced it. And for what? To save a few bucks at the checkout line? That meat is SHIIIIITTTT. But it doesn’t have to be that way. 

“What can I do? I’m just a consumer.”

  1. Give the finger to any company that treats meat like a commodity and processes the crap out of it, adding things like sawdust and Phytoestrogens. For real, processed food is giving you bitch tits and anally raping you every time you plop those shitty poops out and spackle the bowl.
  2.  I get it, Bacon is fucking delicious. But stop being so fucking obsessive about it. When you do consume it, make sure it’s high quality, and hand made. Dress it up nice and show it a good time.
  3.  If it comes from a box, or wrapper, it’s been processed. If it has a commercial, it’s been processed. If it’s processed, we can bet the meat in that Michellina’s came up a disease ridden chicken from an overflowing factory farm pen, and was probably rinsed in ammonia before being cooked in a preservative laden chemical blend of ‘flavour’. You don’t need that shit in your life. You’re better than that. take a few minutes to focus on meal prep and process your own damn meat.
  4.  Shopping the outside aisles isn’t good enough anymore. We owe the animal that sacrificed its life more than that. Meat is fucking expensive. It’s a luxury. Treat it as such. Go out of your way to buy quality meat from trusted producers. Shake your farmer’s hand. And savour every fucking ounce when you do eat it.

Meat is fucking great. It helps our bodies recover. It brings us together at the tables, but we have become far too disassociated with what it really is. For our children’s future and our own health, we need to chill the fuck out on it and stop eating so fucking much of it all the time.

Ground beef is fucking gross

We all know the term “lips and assholes”, generally associating it with hot dogs. Well friendo, you might just be eating more of that stuff that you actually realize. I used to work as a Meat Cutter in a very well known North American grocery chain. At one point, I was the new kid, which meant it was my duty to grind all the meat. Some of this meat was made out of the leftover trimmings from all the steaks we’d cut the day before. The majority of it was these 10 lb cylindrical vac packed bags of beef. This stuff came from the supplier and was a mix of already mixed meats, made up from whatever the scraps were from when they processed the animal. You’d open up one of these bad boys and this stagnant stench of bagged beef blood would hit you in the nostrils and damn near make you gag. This stuff was rank. Who knows what this was in this stuff? Sure, it was 100% beef, but it was intestine, tripe, scraps from lame cows in the feedlot, etc. This was not ‘good’ meat. This is the shit that they scrape up off the floor after they slaughter it, drain the shit and piss out, semi-grind it up and pack it off to be turned into ground beef. The grocery store then grinds it into what you see on the shelves. There’s no question that this stuff carries mad amounts of E coli and salmonella.

Between 2003 and 2012, there were almost 80 outbreaks that fucked up 1,144 people in the US due to contaminated meat, 5 of which died. And that’s just the cases that were reported. That’s fucking disgusting.

E coli is a fucker. On top of making you shit and vomit uncontrollably, It can damage your gut lining, permanently and create all sorts of health problems like Kidney failure, cardiovascular disease, strokes, etc. Fuck. That. Shit.

There’s a way around it, though. Either grind it yourself, or get the butcher to.
A Chuck Roast is a perfect chunk of cow to make a killer burger out of. 

If you don’t have a meat grinder, simply cube it up into 1 inch cubes, throw it in the freezer for a bit till it’s semi frozen, but not fully, and then throw it in a food processor. A quick blitz and you’re good.

The fat to muscle ratio in it will naturally make the tastiest burgers you’ve ever eaten. That’s a guarantee. So you can save the eating assholes part for the bedroom, and not the BBQ.

Welcome to get it in your face dot com. 🙂

I’m not a chef, but food has been connecting me to people around the world for the past (almost) decade. In 2010 I started a YouTube cooking show about a guy who didn’t know how to cook (me). Some people got offended. Others stuck around to see where it went. Through it, I learned to cook by pushing myself with new episodes, and with the helpful comments of what I could do better.

I grew up fly fishing for trout on the Bow River, but it was my love of food that led me to begin ethically harvesting my own meat as an adult. I am now an avid outdoors man and ethical meat advocate. It has been quite a journey thus far, but with that, my culinary adventure is just beginning. I’m currently studying Nutritional Sciences with the intention of passing my knowledge on; that food doesn’t have to be a certain way. It doesn’t have to be daunting, or hoity toity, or come out of a box, or confusing. It can be delicious, while nutritious at the same time. I aim to bring people together with food as it has for me.

Thanks for swinging by, stay a while, and enjoy.

-Chris