Today’s post is very personal and I’m allowing myself to be vulnerable with all of you. I appreciate your feedback as always, but please keep it positive if you’re planning to post comments publically. You are welcome to share this with someone who might benefits from my story.
Several times in my life I have struggled with depression. The first time was when I completed my first Ironman triathlon, a few months later I suffered from Post-Ironman Depression (yes, it’s a thing). I tried to get back into training too quickly and ended up getting injured which made things worse. Counselling helped me to get back on track. After my daughter was born, I developed a mild case of Post-Partum Depression when she was about 5 months old. I found a great support group in my community and was able to work through it in a short period of time.
This past winter, I believe I may have been suffering from a combination of Seasonal Affective Disorder mixed with some symptoms of depression. Combining with a very long and difficult winter here with the fact that my husband lost his job on Dec 27th, 2013 made it more difficult for me to feel energized and motivated. I believe that’s why my sugar addiction began. I used chocolate to help lift my mood and make me feel better. I would stop at the store on the way home from an outing to pick up Eggies (I have mentioned my addiction to these in a previous post) often finishing a small bag in one day. Yes, I was eating healthy most of the time, but I was becoming trapped in the cycle of addiction to the sugar. Now that I can look back on it, I realize how bad it had become. Planning the 30 Day Whole Body Detox event and program for this year gave me something to look forward to, but also added to my stress levels. It was so bad that my daughter expected me to come home with a bag of Eggies every time I left the house. She was asking for them as well. I knew it had to stop. And my mood seemed to be getting darker, even though spring was on its way.
I am so incredibly grateful that I publically committed to starting the 30 Day Whole Body Detox on April 2nd. Having a start date planned and a guidebook to tell me what to do made it so much easier. It only took a week for me to start feeling much better and by the second week, I was finally feeling like myself again. I had forgotten what it felt like to feel like ME. The program may have literally saved my life. I was trapped in a vicious, unhealthy cycle that could have easily continued for another month or so. I am not sure where I would be if I hadn’t broken the cycle.
I share this with you in the hopes that if you are currently suffering from symptoms of depression, that first, you’ll make sure you see your doctor and second, consider giving the program a try. We know how our mind is fueled by the food we eat, so my feeling is that by fueling my mind with healthy and nutritious food, my symptoms of depression are gone. And if you’re simply feeling low in energy or unmotivated, this program may be the answer for you.