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Fighting depression together

Are you dealing with depression? Have you overcome depression? Coming off medication? Need advice and support?

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Please share your experiences with others here. If you're suffering let us know. If you've had success overcoming depression it would be great to hear about that too.

Consider B12

As well as having a great diet made of fruits and vegetables (maybe some flaxseed)and eating enough of them, I recommend people look into B12 supplements. Try to avoid cyanocobalamin B12 and go for the other types (hydroxocobalamin, adenosylcobalamin, methylcobalamin). If you take hydroxocobalamin make sure you're getting enough folate, but don't take folic acid as a supplement as it has been shown to cause harm. Sublinguals or injections are the best.

If you really can't eat enough calories from fruit then turn to starches like sweet potato, rice, oats, or regular potatoes. It's better to be full up on cooked carbohydrates than undereat on fruit in most cases. Your mind and body will suffer if you don't eat enough.

Some info on Iodine you might be interested in http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/thyroid-depression-mental-health/. I don't know about it myself but I guess it's worth looking into.

"Fruit=my anti depressant" - Sandrusia

"low fat, high fruit is the ultimate happy pill" - B

"Eating fruits and veggies are the best way to start a depression-free life" - Jasmin

"Moving is the way to kill depression, anxiety in my case!" - Emmie

"Top 4 depression busters
-LFRV
-Good Sleep
-Sunlight
-Exercise" - Mikey

"Sugar, water, sleep" - Durianrider

Discussion Forum

Other things to help combat depression/anxiety?

Started by Strawberry Jamie. Last reply by sproutbliss Dec 3, 2013. 3 Replies

Hi everyone.I am fairly new to 30BaD, and have been transitioning to LFRV for about 3 months now - with varying success.I had my first diagnosed bout of depression in January 2012; My Grandpa died in…Continue

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Niacin

Started by Made. Last reply by Amy Cooper Sep 1, 2013. 5 Replies

I have read that niacin (vitamin B3) is a natural anti-depressant.Has anyone tried that? How much do you have to take to feel a difference? Is niacin amide as effective as niacin?Continue

Panic/Anxiety attacks.

Started by Elizabeth Anne Rose. Last reply by Heather Lin Aug 8, 2013. 1 Reply

Okay. I am very pleased with being on LFRV!!! (= its done wonders for me.All my mental craziness has been maintained except one. My panic/anxiety attacks.It happened at work and i was literally…Continue

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Who here is actually taking antidepressants?

Started by Kathi. Last reply by brooke Jul 23, 2013. 37 Replies

I have been on Lexapro for over 7 years, tried unsuccessfully to wean off several times.  My doctor emphatically states that I will be on it for the rest of my life.... I am determined as heck to…Continue

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Comment by Watzzupsport on March 26, 2014 at 9:58pm

Hey lacy 

I totally agree with brooke and am glad to read you will be in a counselling environment, it is one of the important factors that help with the management of depression episodes.

If you are able to get to a place that you can recognize the thought process that takes you on the spiral to feeling out of control, you are then in a position to change your thoughts.

This can also be applied to your expression of " feeling scared " about gaining weight.

Mindfulness is the glue that holds all the pieces in place for me as I navigate the world and all that it offers up.

Mindfulness is part of the trilogy that also includes understanding raw food nutrition, exercise and energetics.

Let go of the expectations of how things are supposed to be and allow yourself to be okay with what is.

Each persons circumstance is different, I hold out the intention that you will have a good experience with your counsellor enabling you to see that you are experiencing thoughts, that with the correct guidance can be observed and adjusted rather than go unrecognised and unnamed.

Thoughts are "slippery little suckers" and will always track neural pathways of least resistance, recognizing thoughts for being just that.......thoughts....... is a first step to learning not to to re-act to them with familiar patterns causing the unwanted results.  

Please look up the MiCBT protocol that I am referring to I have seen some great results with it. if you need any more information just ask me.

Regards Russell  

Comment by brooke on March 26, 2014 at 3:36pm
Just take things one day at a time and try not to put yourself under too much pressure. Keep up the high carb lifestyle and don't beat yourself up. Give yourself a break and take things slow. A good support network is so important. I understand how it feels to not feel in control and that you just want to push a fast forward button so you can move on to a better time in life but unfortunately life isn't always like that. Trust me,I'm just starting to come out of a 2 year period of depression. Hold on you'll be okay.
Comment by Lacy Hanson on March 26, 2014 at 1:38pm

I was just diagnosed with depression about 3 weeks ago. I have had an eating disorder for 6 years now, which started due to a bad event in my life. I am on medicine right now but have had a bad reaction and I will start counseling tomorrow. I have seen depression in my family and everyone around me has done well. but I am still scared. I feel I have no control in my life anymore not even with food. I'm scared of gaining weight on a high carb diet and always beat myself up mentally over the amount of food I need to eat. But I feel good when I eat this way. Any suggestions on how to not allow depression to control everything?

Comment by Watzzupsport on March 25, 2014 at 8:53am

@ CherylT

There are a few ways to include flax seeds or chia seeds into your diet. As you mentioned put them into a smoothie and use them as a filler, they get " gluggy" when wet and are good for thickening a tart base or dehydrated crackers. Here on the other side of the world Australia we are just going into winter but here in Queensland it is very mild :-) all the best if you would like a recipe let me know and I will post a link here.

@ claire&simple  

Great comment "Mental and emotional well being are really just part of the whole lifestyle" to many people get stuck in the Rawfood will fix everything mantra and forget to connect the energetics and mindfulness that needs to be applied to a balanced " LIFESTYLE "

Comment by Cheryl T on March 25, 2014 at 6:07am

Hello everyone, fighting depression here in Upstate, NY... it's been a long, cold, dark winter literally and figuratively. I'm in a weight loss contest at work and have been a better vegan recently... missing those mentally-numbing foods though.   I've never tried flax seeds or chia seeds or anything like that... what would you add them to?  smoothies? (Crunchy smoothies? hmmm...)   Have great day and looking forward to REAL Spring days!!   :)

Comment by J on January 31, 2014 at 2:33pm

Thank you, Claire&simple, for the great reply.  I truly appreciate your having shared some details.  AND, I must say, very insightful to read that about the turning point.  Also, it's encouraging hearing all those things were helpful.  Thank you again!!!!   Please know what you said... and how you said it.... truly helped.

Comment by Claire&simple on January 30, 2014 at 8:33am

Glad you appreciated my comment :)

Mental and emotional well being are really just part of the whole lifestyle. I don't think it matters which you start with (meditation, yoga, emotional healing, diet, exercise...); everyone will be driven and inspired by something different.

The biggest turning point for me was when I realized that I was the one making myself depressed. When I fully understood that I was the only one who could change my life, and that medication and therapy were NOT helping, that is when I started to see huge improvements.

I attending meditation groups with the intention to work on my issues - spending time in nature! That one helped immensely. When you spend time doing nothing, or being alone is nature with no thoughts, simply being in the moment, you provide yourself with the space necessary to find your own answers. The trick is never to TRY. The second you TRY to figure something out, you just end up digging yourself a hole, so to speak

I also read and watched lots of videos and did a lot of research on my own. As for diet, I have been gradually implementing healthy improvements, but I only saw HUGE improvements when I went 95-100% raw. I have been experiencing so much energy, clarity (no more fogginess, exhaustion, laziness...) and I'm just feeling SO happy! I have not tried high carb yet, but am VERY excited to start next week!

I hope this answers your questions. Don't be too attached to the outcome - not everyone's body works the same. Try things because they feel exciting, and because you know it is healthy. For me, it was meditation first, which then led me to food. For many it was the other way around, or yoga, or exercise... Just start with whatever feels right and take the next step! :)

Comment by J on January 30, 2014 at 6:53am

Hi Claire&Simple - great post!  Very helpful.  Please would you share more details - how often you do yoga, what type of meditation, and with diet....  did you still notice improvements with cooked (or only raw)?  More so with high carb?  Thanks for any reply.  And, again, I sincerely appreciate your inspiring post.

Comment by Claire&simple on January 29, 2014 at 2:34pm

I struggled with clinical depression, to the point of suicide attempts for around 7-8 years. I tried medication with little success and over the past 6 years more or less, have worked on improving my mood with both dietary changes accompanied with meditation, yoga, and worked on my emotional issues through a variety of ways. I would say I am no longer "depressed" since a few years ago, I still have some low points but generally pretty happy! I am now 95-100% raw vegan, transitioning into LFRV and I have NEVER felt so passionate and excited for life. I would be more than happy to share my experience, tips... anything that can help!

Comment by SoulSparkled on December 18, 2013 at 8:32am

Hi there, I have made a post on my group 'Raw Food for Mental Health' but I feel it is relevant here too.

I want to share something with you...

I am thinking of writing a book and making a YouTube channel.

Not just from the perspective of the therapist that I am trained as, but of my learnings as a co-frail human like yourselves.. limping and walking alongside you.

If anyone would like this idea, and has a question they'd like a response to over youtube or the 'Raw food for Mental health' discussion board please message me a scenario (so I've a bit of context) and a question!  Please don't make it too lengthy, a couple of paragraphs will suffice :) and it can be narrow or broad pertaining to raw food and mental health, keeping in mind that mental health is more my speciality than raw food (though I am very well researched I have more years spent as a vegan and vegetarian than as a fruitarian). However I won’t be acting as a therapist - It will be a process of sharing thoughts, perspectives and ideas. A co-journey but not a counsellor/patient dynamic at all!

Any ideas for a book on mental health also please send your suggestions and I will get typing ;) 

This is something I have always wanted to do, and I really hope to find people to support and guide me through this journey.

Love, Joy and Peace to you wherever you are in life.

Remember that during this holiday season, when some may find it easy - others like myself find it difficult for lots of different reasons. While you may be limping, you are still walking. You.. and I ... can get through it together!

xo

 

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