I used to think I was eating ‘healthy enough’ and that I would never have to change the way I eat. Fortunately, I was wrong! And I mean fortunately, because the whole future process that I was stepping into (changing diet and lifestyle), made me look inside myself, my lifestyle, the past and the future. Where was I about to go if I continued the way I did? Rushing all around, feeling supposedly important and not really listening to what my body had to say. The health struggles I was suffering would have only been the beginning of a more serious health issues with a lack of energy and feelings of depression without really knowing the reason why.
Sugar addiction played a big role in this scene and I had to figure out how to get rid of refined sugar on my own. The chronic yeast infection was driving me crazy! At that time I had no online programs to support me or alternative recipes for healthy desserts and snacks. I remember the feeling of sadness when I couldn’t eat the good stuff anymore. Little did I know that it was the opioid receptors in my brain demanding for more treats and causing side effects – altering binding to dopamine and mu-opioid receptors in the brain, much like some drugs of abuse. Yikes!
How you eat affects how you feel – the food isn’t just fuel, it’s information!
There are many food items in today’s western diet, along with sugar, that causes us health issues, depression and anxiety. Artificial sweeteners such as Aspartame aren’t doing any better than sugar, what comes to balancing mood, as they are claimed to block the production of the neurotransmitter serotonin. Hydrogenated oils and trans fats can potentially contribute to depression and people with celiac disease or sensitivity to gluten or other proteins in wheat, barley and rye have also shown to induce anxious behaviour and depression. Not forgetting the environmental toxins such as phthalates, Bisphenol A (BPA) and glyphosate. Glyphosate, for example, is shown to cause hormonal imbalances and nutrition deficiencies which again have an affect on our mood. And the list goes on…
Depression and anxiety are not just a chemical imbalance in the brain but a signal that your body is out of balance: including blood sugar, gut microbes, thyroid condition and inflammation at the root. We just need to be alert to see and feel those signals and act on them. Your body might be also telling you that you need to calm down, slow down and take some time for healing. Drugs might not always be the best answer but correcting this imbalance in your body by eating healthy, exercising and allowing ‘food for the soul’. A lifestyle change in general to reduce inflammation and stress. The steps can be very simple, almost too simple! But not always easy, especially if you are on your own.
You Can Heal Yourself
Dr Brogan, an author of the best-selling book, A Mind of Your Own, sees patients in her practice in NYC as a holistic psychiatrist. She told me:
“I’ve seen women come to me drained of energy. Overwhelmed by anxiety. Sunken by depression. And I’ve seen those same women walk away feeling fully alive again. Healthy. Self-assured and in control. All without drugs.”
Now, Dr Brogan has taken the very same knowledge and tools she uses with her patients and combined it with an online support program called Vital Mind Reset. I only wish this online program would have been there to guide me a few years ago! With this life-changing, step-by-step program, you can take the steps to a better life from your own home, and for a fraction of the cost her patients pay.
Here’s what one Vital Mind Resetter had to say about her experience:
I did the reset diet when A Mind of Your Own came out and felt fantastic. However the changes I’ve experienced while doing the Vital Mind Reset program have been dramatically more than I ever expected. This wasn’t just about diet. It was about changing my mindset and focusing on all of the components that the program addresses. Having the support of other people working to change their lives as well was also invaluable.
Vital Mind Reset is a 44-day program that will hold your hand and introduce you to a community of people just like you – all working to transform their lives and revive their power and joy.
This is the first time Dr Brogan has opened up enrollment for Vital Mind Reset to my followers. So, for a limited time, you can join the program at a steep discount.
Visit the Vital Mind Reset page to learn more.
My favourite two power ladies Marie Forleo and Kelly Brogan talk about how some of the everyday triggers for depression and anxiety could be hiding in your bathroom cabinet, kitchen cupboards, and what you eat for breakfast. Certified psychiatrist, MIT cognitive neuroscientist and researcher Kelly Brogan discusses why treating depression may be simpler than you think, and how to reclaim your health, starting today.