Depression: My Dirty Little Secret

60 Comments 08 August 2012

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.

Here goes:


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

Refined white flours
Refined sugar
Bad Fats

Good Fats
Whole Grains
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.


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:

Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy by David D. Burns, M.D.
How We Choose To Be Happy by Rick Foster and Greg Hicks
Learned Optimism  by Martin Seligman

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.


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.


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  1. 1
    Ane Axford says:

    LOVE YOU KELLY!!! Thanks for sharing your story. I am sure it will change many lives.

  2. 2
    Kelly says:

    Thanks, Ane! Luv u back! xo

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    Emma says:

    I’ve been wheat free and dairy free since I was 8 (and am 21 now), minus my ignorant childhood cheating.. Then officially diagnosed with Celiac at age 14. I had always been moody, I read this book around the age of 16 and it helped me tremendously! When I start to get into a sad slump I take a look at what I’ve been eating… And it always clicks. The Mood Cure is an amazingly helpful book and definitely worth reading if you’re feeling down!

      Kelly says:

      Emma! I’m SO happy you found The Mood Cure at 16!! Whoa! You sound like a very enlightened young woman!

      Stay cool and thank you for sharing your story!

  4. 4

    Kelly – what an amazing post!

    I know from the work that I do that so many of us have a back story that we don’t always feel brave enough to share. But sharing makes us feel empathy and I love that you were brave enough to open up about YOUR story!

    Love you for sharing this and for the amazing content you share.

    Cathy xo

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    Amy says:

    Thank you for sharing, from a fellow sugar junkie, not yet recovered.

    I do feel, in hindsight, that sugar ruined my childhood.

    I have a very moody celiac 8 yr. old who eats sweets b/c she can and can’t eat a lot of other things. Have been debating whether to remove sugar from her diet.

    Will look into this book.

      Kelly says:

      Amy…yup…been there! We turn to sugar to soothe ourselves because we can’t eat most of the sugary sweets that have gluten. At least that is what I did…but in hindsight I was a sugar addict all along…even before I knew I had celiac.

      One helpful trick is it isn’t about subtracting things from our diet…that never works…well, rarely…it worked for me at the time because I was so scared I was willing to go cold turkey, but there is also a supplement in the book that helps to curb sugar cravings…(not sure about giving it to kids, though) but you – especially with a child- will have to steer her towards better alternatives. At the Institute For Integrative Nutrition they taught us to “crowd out” bad foods rather than viewing or teaching things as a diet. Then after crowding them out you create a new habit…reaching for the better alternative food instead of the bad one.

      I’ll be posting more recipes and products that can help with this…especially for refined sugar.

      You are headed in the right direction! And please read the book! It is so eye opening …what sugar does to our body and brain! I also love how she explains the history of sugar…and how it fueled the slave trade!

      Thanks for considering it…and thanks for your comment!

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    Sue says:

    Depression is a hidden epidemic that needs to be talked about more! Good for you for working on that.

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    Ang says:

    Sometimes I think you are reading my mind! Thank you for letting me know I’m not the only one with these “food” issues.

      Kelly says:

      Ang…uh, so cool I’m a mind reader and I didn’t even know it! haha

      Happy to help you to not feel so alone! And these “food” issues can be worked out.

      Keep thinking happy thoughts or you’ll be hearing from me! hee hee

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    JenniferK says:

    Thank you for sharing your story! I am very interested in reading this book, and in learning more about the connection between mood and food.

      Christine says:

      Thanks for being so brave to share a part of your private self Kelly. Doctors say yes you are a celiac now go on with your life and maintain a gluten free existence. But when confronted with that idea it isn’t so straight forward. I have only been diagnosed for six months and have put on 5kilos, so am only now beginning to see the science behind what we eat. Am trying the Paleo diet/lifestyle at present and am already feeling the benefits of no sugar! Now, I need a copy of The Mood Cure!!

        Kelly says:

        Christine! I love how I can hear your accent when you write “kilos” hee hee I feel for you, lady. Keep on listening to your body. And paleo is great for eating whole foods. I’ve written a blog post about it, will publish soon. Hang in there! OH…and you might be interested in Julia Ross’s book The Diet Cure. Either way…she’s an excellent read. I guarantee you’ll learn a ton. Or should I say “kilo”? 🙂

      Kelly says:

      JenniferK…You’re welcome…and YES yes…please read the book. You won’t be disappointed!

  9. 9
    Jean says:

    Kelly — Wow you are a brave and courageous woman! And, I am in agreement with you that the GF diet as “prescribed” by even the Celiac experts needs an overhaul. We take out one source of our ill health only to replace it with somethings that are worse. If only more doctors learned that nutrition is the first place to start before they reach for the prescription plan. Unfortunately too many don’t have enough training in nutrition and that is why you are here to fill that void! Much success to you in your new endeavor.

      Kelly says:

      Thanks, Jean…so nice to hear from you! It is pretty amazing how many health problems in general are related to food. Most. So sad that the answer is ignored or marketing has totally confused the public about the answer.

      I’ll keep trying to “fill the void”!

  10. 10
    Heather says:

    Another awesome book is Depression Free Naturally by Joan Larson, I found the source of my depression and the mental illness all throughout my family was caused by Pyroluria which is a genetic nutritional issue. I’m also a sugar addict but I can’t seem to kick it. I have the mood cure, will have to read it again.

      Kelly says:

      Heather! Thanks for sharing that additional book with us all. I’ve heard of it and it does sound like a good read. So glad you figured the pyroluria out! Julia mentions it and how/where to get a test in The Mood Cure too. Interesting.

      Yes, read TMC again….check out what it says about 5Htp to beat sugar cravings…it works! Please tell me how it works for you if you try it. Would love to know.

      Thanks for sharing…you never know if someone else might figure out their issues are from pyroluria too…after reading your experience!

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    Michele says:

    Kelly, thank you so much for sharing something so personal. I have been diagnosed with cd for 11 years and also suffer from depression on and off for as long as I can remember. Recently I had a rough patch recently and suddenly after the cloud lifted, I couldn’t tolerate any grains. Made me as sick as if I has eaten gluten. What the bleep? I’m buying the book today and have fingers crossed it can help me.

      Kelly says:

      Michele…so sorry to hear about your struggle with depression *hugs* and now the tummy troubles too! :/

      I’m happy to hear you are going to read The Mood Cure….you’ll learn a lot! Please keep me updated either here or in an email.

      Also, if you sense it is grains…you might want to learn more about The Specific Carbohydrate Diet and/or a paleo diet. They are both grain free and people have found a lot of relief. I have written a blog post all about the paleo diet that I”ll publish soon.

      And never forget to listen to your body! Good job!

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    Chris says:

    Great article. I’ve struggled with depression as well. I recently cut out sugar and lost 15lbs. More importantly my mood is better than ever.

    I suspect the depression may be related to yeast and fungal infection. The yeast and fungal infection may have been introduced during a immune weakness because of celiac. Even after being gluten free, the yeast had a strong hold and was imbedded in the stomach lining and through the body.

    So the only remedy is dropping sugar. I also take the herb coptis which is anti-fungal. It also takes many months to fully rid the body of the infection.

      Kelly says:

      Whoa Chris!!! Congrats on the sugar elimination and to losing 15lbs!!! Amazing! And to being happier!

      Interesting suspicion. Thanks for the tip on coptis. Never heard of it.

      And here’s to you taking good care of yourself! Yay!

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    Britta says:

    I also have experienced how debilitating it can be to eat the wrong foods and for them to not only affect your mood (even when they are gluten-free, as I do have celiacs disease also) but your pain threshold. I also have endometriosis and refined sugars definitely exacerbate pain. I find that eating fruit and often non-fat yoghurt with honey and nuts really helps to curb the sweet cravings, but doesn’t make me crash!

      Kelly says:

      Britta…thanks for sharing! I didn’t know that refined sugar could affect your pain threshold! But I believe it!

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    Katrina Rubin says:

    Thank you for sharing your story, I was diagnosed last year with celiac and have done everything in my power to avoid it.
    I do crave caffeine and have slowly started drinking coffee again I do have an addictive personality so of course one cup is never enough also started eating frozen yougert. And drinking alcohol which also seems to be creeping up in amount and I wonder why I haven’t felt as well hmmm!

      Kelly says:

      Hey Katrina….hmm is right! 🙂 I know about creeping foods! Have no fear…The Mood Cure helps to balance you out so the cravings aren’t there…so it’s not like torture letting go. And it also helps to incorporate a healthy habit aka “addiction”.

      I LOVE my dandelion root tea with coconut milk and honey. mmm It is kinda bitter like coffee. Not the same, but yummy. Good liver cleanser.

      OH…and dairy is addicting too…Julia explains how it is. Ay ay ay…now we know why pizza is everyone’s favorite food! 3 addictive foods all in one!

      It is also helpful not to have all or nothing thinking. I do enjoy a small amount of coffee…sometimes in my espresso cups! So maybe make it a once a week treat or something. In the beginning I saved it for vacation. Only you know what you can tolerate, though.

      Here’s to feeling better!

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    JoAnne says:

    I had some difficult times in my life that resulted in depression and anxiety, both of which I needed medication for. After 2-3 years on the meds, I also developed severe GI problems, which then led me to be diagnosed Celiac. Within 3 months of being GF (I have now been GF 18 months), I felt like a whole new person! And I was off meds! Nutritional deficiences like those resulting from Celiac disease absolutely can lead to incorrect brain chemistry! If only I’d known sooner about the Celiac stuff. Think of all those people still out there that are undiagnosed!

      Kelly says:

      JoAnne….I know! Needless suffering! *sigh*

      I’m soooo happy for you and your new happy self!!!!! You found the answer!!

  16. 16
    Lynne L says:

    Kelly, my love, you are an inspiration. Thank you for sharing your story!
    There is so much denial out there regarding depression, and the phrase I HATE the most is “it’s all in your head”!!! I’m sure you’ve run into that, as have I. I never had depression until I had severe post-partum…was on depression meds for 2 years until it started to do a number on my heart. I suffer terrible sensitivities from drugs, certain food, environmental issues etc..oh and it’s all in my head, don’t ya know. I also have an addictive personality…yup SUGAR is one. I have LOW blood sugar, which doesn’t help, because it’s an EXCUSE to eat more sugary stuff!
    I really don’t regret anything that I’ve gone through, because I now work with manic/depressive people, dual diagnosis, special needs etc and I can now advocate for them with the medical (& other) community, as I couldn’t do for myself.
    Thank God for healing through food, homeopathy, meditation and other “alternate” things. Would you believe “natural” is considered “alternate”!!! I am really interested in “The Highly Sensitive Person” as well as The Mood Cure.
    Anyway, sorry for the long speech..we need to support each other here. Great place to do it!! Hugs!

      Kelly says:

      Lynne L…thanks for your story- I love long speeches!

      Uh, I can tell just from your post you’ll enjoy reading The Highly Sensitive Person. Please either come back here and tell us what you think after reading it or email me. It’s pretty amazing! Answered SO many questions!

      So sorry for the way you have been treated and dismissed. And yes, we can be stronger now due to what we have experienced and we can have insight into what others are dealing with and provide compassion and understanding. Way to put a positive spin on it!

      Hmm…well, I guess in a way they are right..it is in our head due to brain chemistry!!! HELL-O!!! 🙂

      Oh…and The Mood Cure may explain your low blood sugar and how to balance it out. AND…backtracking a bit now…but it explains the side affects of antidepressants and how they rarely work. Your heart being affected made me remember.

      Now I’m writing long speeches!

      Stay well…and hoping you find some answers! *hugs back atcha*

  17. 17
    Claire says:

    Thanks for this great post, Kelly!

    Not sure if you remember me – we met up once during your lunch hour when we discussed one of my documentary films. I am also a nurse and have been big on nutrition for many years before being diagnosed with CD 10 years ago.

    I’ve had struggles with depression and the SugarBeast myself over the years – still do – and appreciate the honesty (and humor) with which you share all your stories.

    I’m not a food saint, but I have on occasion suggested that people lean more toward whole foods instead of the GF cookies, brownies, pretzels, breads & pasta so prevalent these days (like Michelle I can’t seem to tolerate even GF pasta anymore).

    Obviously if you have a GF child, you need to find pizza, crackers and cereals for them, and we all need a “treat” now and then, but I’ll bet most of us shouldn’t be loading up on brownies and pizza to begin with, GF or not!

    I am trying to reach for and appreciate the sublime flavor of a ripe peach, a fresh cucumber salad, or perfectly steamed veggies – and hope that with the right balance my mind & mood will be as thankful as my belly!

    (yes, this is a great post to pass around!)

  18. 18
    Liz says:

    Love this story Kelly, and so awesome of you to share it. For me, my current pregnancy has totally affected the foods I’m able to eat – I can’t eat a lot of veggies b/c of insane heartburn so I’ve been resorting to endless carbs. I’ve had lots of mood changes and basically have insomnia for the first time in 15 years. So hard to know if it’s the food I’m eating or the pregnancy?! Going to experiment with this more and try to avoid all the bad carbs I’ve been turning to! xo

      Kelly says:

      Thx Liz. I’ve heard so many complain about heartburn during pregnancy. At least you are not alone. Hang in there mama! Wishing you a healthy and happy delivery! xo

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    Dr Samantha says:

    Thank you for your honesty and beautiful writing!

    Just forwarded the post to a patient I saw today who is having a really hard time letting go of sugar. It is a drug for many people. It can be hard work to move through that!

      Kelly says:

      Whoa! Dr. Samantha recommends my blog to her patients?! I’m honored! And happy to help. Thank you for the compliments. 🙂

  20. 20
    Megan says:

    Good for you for sharing- Ive had a similar experience with sugar. Takes me out… Nutrition and exercise have also helped me. Thanks for your blog.

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    Michael says:

    Kelly, I’m so glad to hear about your diet transformation. For me, I went through the purge of alcohol, sugar, caffeine and starch 27 years before my celiac diagnosis, via a hypoglycemia diagnosis. Addicted to sugar I was, and it took 6 months to quit. I read a few books, too. Perhaps none that you mention were around yet. Then I had symptoms again a year later, and had to start reading labels to get rid of hidden sugar. I was still addicted to dairy when I got the celiac, as well as casein intolerance, diagnoses, thanks to aspartame. I went cold turkey from the dairy swiftly on the heals of gluten-free, and never looked back in 5 years. Thanks to occasional coconut ice cream and now regular coconut kefir, both cane sugar free, I can still safely simulate the dairy.

    I believe that after 30 years without chocolate, due to avoiding sugar, raw organic sugar-free chocolate is a positive mood supplement. Dr. Tom O’Bryan said, in 2 lectures addressing celiacs, that we should eat a little chocolate every day (yeah, without cane sugar or any flour of any kind).

    One problem keeping some celiacs from staying gluten-free is that gluten, sugar and dairy are very addictive together, and the food manufacturers know this, and market them together continuously. That is the triad behind almost all food advertisement spending. They are all inflammatory, and we tend to get addicted to our poisons.

      Kelly says:

      Michael…thanks for sharing your experience and knowledge. Fortunately, the book suggests 5htp to curb sugar cravings. You were hard core! 🙂 I’m impressed!

      Coconut milk is BETTER than dairy! mmmmm

      I eat chocolate on occasion…and I do believe it is good for us….BUT…for someone that needs to balance out their system it may be easier for them to lay off for awhile without the influence of all of the complex compounds in the chocolate. That’s my personal theory, though.

      And I say “amen” to your calling out the advertisers and the trio of carbs, dairy, and sugar all together! Highly addictive.

      Sounds like you take good care of yourself…enjoy your chocolate! 🙂

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    Michelle says:

    Thanks for the reminder and kick in the rear! When I start slipping and end up dragging around, I refuse to believe it’s sugar, but I always feel better when I stop eating rice and sugar. I also find that potatoes make me irritable…probably the starch that converts to sugar. I’m encouraged now to get back to a fresher diet like when I first went cold turkey on 20-30 foods! Thank you!!

      Kelly says:

      Michelle – Uh you’re welcome for the kick in the rear! haha

      Oh…it’s called denial. Been there.

      So happy to know I motivated you to take better care of yourself! You deserve it!

  23. 23
    Amber says:

    Thank you for sharing this chica! I can resonate with this so much right now. I was recently tested for food allergies and have a wheat, garlic, onion, olive oil, crab, chicken, and some other stuff I can’t spell allergy.

    I’m in the process of going gluten and dairy free as well (further tests coming on these two) and find that the crap-food is sneaking in b/c sometimes I just don’t know what to eat.

    I’m also a positive psychology junkie so the booked you listed also making me fall a little more in love with you. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing and for the support! Glad you are here.


      Kelly says:


      Feel for you, man!!! I’m a garlic and onion fiend!

      So nice to bond with you over the books!

      Glad you stopped by and shared. Keep us posted on your progress.

      xo back atcha!

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    Tweal says:

    Oh I love that book, it made a big difference in my life too. Actually I think it’s a good time for me to re-read it, thanks for the reminder.

      Kelly says:

      Tweal…ahh…someone who understands how life altering this book is! Yup…you should see my copy…it’s falling apart!

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    Melody says:

    Thank you for sharing your story Kelly! You have learned SO much over the years. What’s the 3rd thing?????? Teaser!


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    Rtb says:

    thanks so much for sharing. I could really relate to breaking down and needing to try to sleep the day away. After several difficult life situations really piled on I got to the point that I was just easy things: eating mac n’ cheese, those all natural pop tart type things and granola bars. I knew I should eat better, but I just couldn’t muster up the effort to do so.

    Sorry for the long comment, but I wanted to share that I’m one of those ones for whom WHEAT is part of the problem for mood. When I got off wheat my depression lifted! I was finally able to eat better food and I felt even better.

    Even now, just a small slip up will cause terrible feelings of anxiety, frustration and hopelessness. Luckily it doesn’t last more than a day or 2 days. If I’m acting grumpy my husband will ask if I’ve been glutened, and generally that IS in fact the cause.

      Kelly says:

      Rtb…thanks for sharing your story! More proof for others that may be skeptical.

      And I love long comments! 🙂

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    Farm to Fit says:

    What a moving story Kelly. We will have to get our hands on that book, thank you for the insight and recommendation. We can only imagine how many people are affected by this without knowing the root cause.

    Great work!

      Kelly says:

      Farm to Fit:

      Thanks! Your food service looks cool…and I can see by your phone number – I think you are Oregonians! My people! 🙂

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    Thanks for the tip. I just downloaded it to my iPad. I know food affects mood and (as you know) my battle is more with dairy, but I know I tend to replace dairy with sugar so this should be an interesting read. 😉

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    Kelly says:

    Hi Gretch! Wow…fast action! You’ll love it. Can’t wait to hear what you think and learn.

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    Suzanne Nemec says:

    Heart warming post Kelly. Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. I understand what those moods and feeling can do because I too have suffered with depression on and off my whole life. Giving up gluten, dairy, grains really helped for over a year until little by little I added back some starches like Tapoica, potato, rice, etc and some sugar:( Made me happy at first but then as my choices became worse my moods, pain, etc returned along with depression. Happy to say working with my new doctor and ALCAT allergy test found out that I was allergic to more grains and some unexpected good foods too. Once I removed them and my sugar it is helping.
    I’m so happy you are feeling better. I love reading your post/blog. You are such a fun and sweet person.

  31. 31

    Always so helpful when someone comes ‘clean’ about what their relationship with food REALLY is, or has been. (Esp when that person is a such food expert!) Thanks for sharing…. I’ll definitely check out this book!

    From a fellow Celiac Chick who has definitely followed your ‘recipe for depression’ without realizing it,


  32. 32

    I love reading the latest information about Self help for depression. I just started a new blog about it where I can hopefully share this information with others. Check it out if you’re interested.


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