Two topics for you today. First and foremost we are going to talk about depression and some basic signs to watch out for and questions to ask. In between, I’m going to show you a super simple way to make your own tahini! No oil needed and no expensive price tag.
You may remember a while back when I wrote a post about suicide after an intern killed themselves. At the end of that post, I told you that I was eventually going to write a post about signs and symptoms of depression and questions that you can ask yourself, or someone that you are worried about. Well, today is that day, or more specifically I think this is the best time of year to talk about this. This time of year can be particularly hard for people for a multitude of reasons. As for myself, it took me a while to recover from that incident and I have my ups and downs, but I think it’s important that people are aware of some of the signs that someone may be depressed and need help.
While we do that I’m going to share with you the easy single ingredient recipe needed to make your own tahini that doesn’t require any oil. I didn’t get into tahini until earlier this year because every time I went to buy it at the store it was just way to expensive to justify. Then, I decided I really wanted to try it and went and made it myself. It’s super easy, but does require a little bit of patience!
Ok, let’s get started. In between the pictures will be some of the signs and symptoms that you can ask yourself, or someone you are worried about.
- Most commonly people have trouble sleeping when they are depressed. More specifically, though, is that they wake up really early and can’t get back to sleep
- Decreased interest in activities that were once enjoyed
- Feeling guilty about something. It can be about anything. Often times, the guilt is out of proportion, or about something that nothing can be done about.
- For this, there is a decrease in energy
- There is a decrease in ability to concentrate
- Most commonly, there is a decrease in appetite. (Less commonly, some people have an increase in appetite)
- This one, actually, is objective. Some one else has to notice it. In general, usually the person is slower in their movements/ has less movements than usual. (However, for some people, there is an increase in movements, more anxiety/jittery like)
- This is an easier question to ask yourself than someone else, but it is something that needs to be asked. If people are having suicidal thoughts, they need help ASAP from a professional. (I gave a number that can be called in my suicide post ).
If you are asking yourself, or another person these questions and they are positive for multiple symptoms then please get yourself, or that person to a professional. Even if it starts with your/their primary care doctor. There are a lot of resources out there for those in need.
While your at it go ahead and make some tahini! You’ll need it for my post next week and here are a few previous recipes that I’ve posted that call for some tahini, as well!
Oil Free Tahini
- 1 cup sesame seeds or more
If you want to toast your seeds (recommended), preheat your oven to 300 degrees
Place at least 1 cup of seeds (the more the easier it is to blend) onto a cookie sheet that has sides
Roast your seeds for ~5 minutes, or until toasted. Keep a close eye on them. You want them to be golden brown
Once roasted, pour the seeds into a blender (alternatively you can use a food processor)
Blend, but stop to scrap down the sides ~every 45 seconds
Be patient, when you think it is done, I recommend blending for one more cycle to get it really melty
Once finished, scrap out into an airtight container (I store mine in the fridge)
Use it with any dish that calls for tahini!
The more sesame seeds you use, the easier it is to blend
I highly recommend toasting your seeds. It enhances the flavor quite a bit and helps the seeds to release their oils more easily when blended.
In general, once you start smelling the seeds, they are done, but keep a close eye on them!
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