I’ve wanted to share this story for a few years now.
My hope that it may help someone else is finally stronger than the fear of feeling a bit emotionally naked here.
About six years ago I had been gluten-free for 11 years. I thought I had it all figured out.
Then something bad happened to me. (I’ll spare you the details.)
OK, bad things are a normal part of life and eventually you bounce back. We are meant to be resilient. But this time it cut deep. And then I tumbled downward into a dark vortex where I could barely function. No joke. This dark place had slick walls and it seemed as if I couldn’t climb out.
Sometimes I’d wake up, and start a new day only to find myself crying uncontrollably and collapsing into the Fatal Attraction fetal position. Sometimes I’d pick myself up, pull it together for a little while, only to break down crying again at the bus stop after I found out I had missed my bus. That’s all it would take then to send me home to call in sick and then stay in bed trying to sleep it all away.
Arriving late to work became a regular thing. I dragged myself everywhere and had to pretend like everything was OK. I’m eternally grateful to a secretary at work that caught on something was wrong and would cover my butt and my position until I arrived.
Sometimes on the subway I would reason that if there was going to be a terrorist attack, it might as well be me that died instead of the people around me that seemed to have more to live for.
Before I was gluten-free I had a bout with depression that in hindsight was related to malnutrition. I even took antidepressants for a short while. I knew how trapped and alone I felt then and I desperately didn’t want to go back.
I eagerly searched for relief. Spent hundreds of dollars investigating various treatments. Some were quacky, others were limited.
Then I miraculously found a book called The Mood Cure by Julia Ross. I don’t remember how I found it, but I’m eternally grateful to Ms. Ross.
Julia Ross is a psychotherapist that has been a pioneer in the field of nutritional psychology. She started to wonder about and test the connection between food and mood. Her discoveries in The Mood Cure read like a novel to me.
I was so relieved to figure out that I wasn’t crazy…well,
maybe just a little…but I was an addict.
My drug of choice was sugar.
The Mood Cure is full of self tests for different kinds of moods. Blahs, anxiety and sadness are all very different and have different root causes.
After you figure out what ails you, then there are supplement recommendations to remedy your mood and balance your brain chemistry and body out.
And then there is the core of the book that exposes all of the “bad mood foods” that betray us.
So, it’s almost a one, two, three step cure.
1) Identify the mood and or addiction, which usually go hand in hand.
2) Balance out your body with the supplements you need in order to stop self medicating with the bad mood foods.
3) Avoid bad mood foods and eat good mood foods
BAD MOOD FOODS
Refined white flours
GOOD MOOD FOODS
Adequate amounts of protein
Julia Ross saved me and The Mood Cure became my nutritional Bible. I tried her supplement recommendations and my mood improved almost instantaneously. I had been a bit of a skeptic reading all of her quick recovery stories, but I personally had the same fast results! My kitchen counter now looked like a health food store pharmacy, but thankfully, most people don’t have to take the supplements long term. AND, even the fun bad mood foods don’t have to be forbidden forever, just saved for rare occasions.
MY RECIPE FOR DEPRESSION
Eat tons of sugar and refined carbs
Barely eat any protein and vegetables
Mix in a shocking and sad incident
You see, I was barely eating real food. The initial stress and sadness from “the bad incident” had suppressed my appetite and my tastes gravitated to sugar and simple carbs. This set me up for not having enough protein or nutrients for my body to naturally work its brain chemistry magic. A vicious cycle of unconscious self-medication with sugary foods followed.
For example, I once ate a complete box of my favorite maple sugar candy from Canada in one day. (My teeth hurt now just from writing that.) Another crazy favorite was a whole pint size tub of Devil Dog icing from Buttercup Bakery. I’d eat it with spoonfuls of peanut butter. MMM…reminds me of the old Abba Zabba candy bars.
Choosing the right food created a good foundation for happiness, but I also learned that I had developed a few bad thinking habits. Here are a few other books that helped me out:
And The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine Aron was also a miracle find that I’ll tell you all about another time.
Diet has now transformed my life three times.
The first time was going gluten-free. Saving me from lethargy, gastrointestinal woe and the curse of dermatitis herpetiformis on my face.
The second time was, due to Julia Ross’s prescription, I stopped eating refined sugars, refined white gluten-free flours and food (except on rare occasion), made sure I was eating enough (20 grams) protein at every meal and eating plenty of vegetables. I’m happy to say that this way of eating enabled me to escape from the deep dark depression pit and I’ve never gone back.
I’ll tell you about the third time later.
WHY AM I TELLING YOU THIS?
I want you to see the strong connection between food and mood.
I want you to know that if you go gluten-free, but eat crap, that you still can have a lot of diet related problems.
I’m hoping that my story and the tools that helped me might help someone else that is searching for answers.
I want you to see the power of food.
Have you experienced the power of food in your own life?
Would you please share this story? It might change someone’s life.
I’d love to help you transform your gluten-free diet into a foundation that supports you and helps you to live your life to the fullest! Click here to see how we can work together.
*This is just my story, and it is not necessarily a recommendation. Please read The Mood Cure and consult with your doctor before making any major diet changes and/or taking any supplements. And especially, please do not attempt to alter any prescriptions before consulting with your doctor.