I was desperate to try anything. I was so fat I couldn't "recognize" myself in the mirror. After ten years of "eating healthy" and watching my portions I was still bloating up and I lost all pleasure in food altogether. I'd given up the idea of giving up meds but I was determined to gain some form of control over my life and my health. I knew being overweight put me at risk for diabetes and I was scared my medication would end up shortening my lifespan.
So, after reading several well-researched books about healing through diet I decided to drop gluten, against my psychiatrist's advice, and despite my husband's objections. It takes guts to become a “fanatic” but, as I said, I was desperate.
After the first 5-7 days I couldn't believe how energized I felt. That's why, after a while I decided to just try to lower my doses of medication… And I did. Without any of the withdrawal symptoms, anxiety or depression I felt during all of my previous trials to either lower the dose or switch medication.
Months later, I am still stable, sleeping well, up early, not manic, and most of all not depressed or anxious. My brain works fine and I feel 10 years younger.
People still make comments about the weight loss but I'm no longer concerned about my weight: I just feel good. Simple.
Very quickly I also gave up sugar and coffee too. I was just too scared my brain would suffer any roller-coaster effects. I avoid dairy, and I stick with organic food to avoid OGMs.
My grocery bill has not gone up: more lentils and vegetables, less meat, and no packaged food.
Following the advice of a naturopathic doctor, I now take Moringa powder (multivitamin etc.) and Ashwagandaha powder (mood stabilizer), daily. I also take nutritional yeast (B vitamins) and ground flaxseed (Omega 3).
So I do not have any extra expenses with vitamins or supplements!
I don’t miss any of the old food. How could I? I love eating and I feel good. I couldn’t ask for more out of life. But my path started after 10 years of meds. I was desperate for a healthy change and I was lucky: I got way more than I bargained because I actually dropped my meds and gained both physical and psychological health with these diet changes.
Here’s a book you can start with:
A MIND OF YOUR OWN by Kelly Brogan, M.D. (psychiatrist), HarperCollins, 2016
Enjoy! And good luck on your own journeys.