I’ve felt really compelled to tell my story about anxiety and depression, ever since becoming a Beachbody coach. I want to tell my story because I’ve been able to manage it with a clean eating diet, daily workouts and super healthy nutrition. But it wasn’t always this way, I’ve totally struggled! And did you know over 18% of us suffer from anxiety in the USA alone? That’s over 40 million adults, which is a serious problem. But it’s highly treatable, and only 1/3 of us are being treated. And many of us suffer from depression as well, like me, over half of us that have anxiety are also diagnosed with depression. Source: adaa.org
My Anxiety and Depression Meltdown
I remember last November, I was sitting in my counselors office because Thanksgiving and the holiday’s were coming and I was totally overwhelmed. Like totally! I sat there crying and breaking down sniffling with major tears! I know many of you can relate because anyone I tell this story to in person, half the time, someone tells me a similar story of anxiety/depression they have had. I’m a busy working mom and maybe if I was a retiree with lots of time on my hands and not so much to manage it could be better, but life is so so busy these days. I’m a full time working mom of two and married, with a dog, a big house to clean, it’s a lot to manage. It’s so common, it’s nothing to be embarrassed of and it’s real! I was sitting there crying because I didn’t have time to buy presents, manage my job, my kids, I couldn’t do it all. And I’m an intelligent, successful person, I have a great job, a great house, an amazing family and extended family, I’m so lucky. I mean I’m not living in poverty in a cardboard box, I have first world problems right? I logically knew that this thinking was crazy, but I couldn’t avoid it. It’s not something you can turn on and off when it’s happening. You feel like you are caving in, sinking in quicksand, you are going to panic, you don’t know what to do. It’s a real dark place. And everything, I mean everything around you drives you crazy. That bed not made, those clothes sitting out, you go a bit insane when it’s happening. Many people told me, “Oh Laura, you are so lucky, just be happy”. Seriously, that doesn’t work as your mind is not in the right place. And over 1/2 of people that have anxiety have depression too. I am one of those people with both, it’s genetic in my family and something I feel compelled to tell you about, because if it can help one person I’ve done my job! If it saves one life, like I’ve saved mine, or if this makes one person not feel alone, or have similar success that I’ve had with clean eating, it will really be amazing.
So back in November, my counselor and I talked about clean eating. We agreed, yes it can work! But is that really realistic for me? Nope it’s not we decided at the time, so I went on 75 mg of Effexor and threw out all my skinny clothes which were like 4 huge bag fulls of them in my downstairs closet. I had really given up and thought , I just need this medication. Like I said, it was the best option at the time, i was in a dark place. It did help me and I recommend if you can’t control your anxiety/depression for clean eating or are in a really dark place, it might be the route for you. But please talk to your doctor, I’m not a doctor and don’t claim to be 🙂 It did help me get through the holidays last year. But… Yeah there was a big BUT for me. There are total side effects, and you have to weigh, are they worth the benefits? At the time they were worth it for me, but they were scary. If I drank 2-3 drinks, or maybe 4-5, I had a couple incidents where I blacked out from drinking. Very very very scary! I was at a neighbors house and literally blacked out completely and luckily my husband and friends saved the day. But that’s embarrassing and not fun! So that was kind of my rock bottom and when I became a Beachbody coach and decided to take control of my health, my fitness my weight loss, my eating. I was running around the summer before wearing elastic shorts for crying out loud and spandex and that was also contributing to my anxiety and depression so I had to do something!!!!!!!! And what I learned amazed me, I’m like a car, if I put crappy gas in, I get shitty gas out! (LOL). But if I put good, clean whole real foods in, that aren’t processed, my body knows what to do with them, it’s like putting premium quality gas in the tank and you get OUT what you PUT in.
How Clean Eating Managed My Anxiety and Depression
Well friends, I tell you within 1 week of clean eating and using Shakeology, I was so so so happy! I can’t tell you how happy, it’s like I was a new person. All this clean eating, lean proteins, healthy fats, just great foods were really helping. I was flexible, having healthy carbs and even a 4 oz glass of wine a few days a week and I was so so happy!!!!!!! I’m thinking hmmm, maybe there is something to this. Two weeks later the happy continued and the anxiety virtually disappeared and I talked to my doctor. She agreed I could try going off the medication and I did. And 3 months later, guess what I’m off the medication still! I’ve had a few glasses of wine and I’ve never blacked out and never gotten crazy from it. Drinking with anxiety & depression medication is really not recommended, they say just one to 2 drinks max if you do, but it’s a hard rule for some like me to follow because I love a glass of wine in a social situation. It’s super scary and my husband honestly is so much happier with me off the medication. I’m relieved because i’m NOT rolling the dice with having a couple drinks and what is going to happen! And I feel much safer and secure for it, and for my children! I’m hoping I can stay off and have every reason to keep up awesome clean eating, this is my life! My blood pressure is lower, i’m confident, my clothes are fitting and I’m finally taking care of me. And it is scary to share this story with you, hell yeah, but if I help one person, I am happy about it and feel it’s my duty to share this with the world!
So What do I Eat to Help my Anxiety and Depression?
So, I make sure to eat 5 times a day to help with my anxiety and depression and I eat clean, healthy foods that come from the earth. For example, I don’t like to buy processed foods, I prefer minimally processed. And I’m not perfect here but I try to eat clean 90% of the time. And this works for me, you have to see what works for you. Here’s an example day:
Breakfast: Shakeology (protein powder meal replacement with super foods and nutrition and amazing), blended with a 1/2 banana, ice and 2 tsp of peanut butter
Mid Morning Snack: 2 hard boiled eggs
Lunch: Mixed greens with homemade olive oil mayo, 1 cup of chicken breast shredeed, green olives, blue cheese and red peppers.
Afternoon Snack: Chobani Greek yogurt or 1/4 cup raw cashews or almonds
Dinner: Tilapia with olive oil, a mixed green salad, cucumbers, sweet potato and a glass of 4 oz red wine!
And from time to time, like once a week I have a cheat meal, maybe a cheeseburger or something fun out to eat with friends. This works for me and keeps me at bay!
Want to Learn More About How I helped Manage my Anxiety and Depression?
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