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Raw Food for Mental Health


Raw Food for Mental Health

As an Arts Psychotherapist I decided to start this group as a place to explore together the development of emotional and psychological health that we experience as we grow and learn.

This is a place to discuss the impact eating a vegan lifestyle, such as the HCRV (High Carb, Raw Vegan), has on mental health.

Self care and nourishment is essential to good mental health. What have you done for yourself today?

How can you encourage others to continue to grow well by incorporating healing foods?

What break through's have you experienced in your mental health?

How does living this way improve your mental health?

Are you struggling with mental health issues; let's talk about what works and what could be done better to look after ourselves. For example, what foods have you found successful in improving your mental health, coping with challenging emotions, and for self-care and healing...

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Eating Raw Allows Me More Compassion and Caring in My Relationships

Started by MaRaw DoberVeg Sacramento. Last reply by Tarnima Feb 3, 2014. 2 Replies

I always feel when I'm eating completely raw more balanced, happy, peaceful and more willing to care about others, in general. When I don't eat high carb low fat raw, I tend to not feel as good, and…Continue

Tags: relationships, nurturance, emotional

Is it possible to “detox” old emotions?

Started by LyddieBird. Last reply by LyddieBird Jan 4, 2014. 6 Replies

I am wondering if it is possible to experience detox-like symptoms in regards to old emotions. Consider someone who is recovered from past emotional hardship, now a happy and emotionally stable fruit…Continue

Tags: detox, emotions, health, mental

Help with OCD? (obsessive-compulsive disorder)

Started by J. Last reply by SoulSparkled Dec 18, 2013. 7 Replies

I hope it's ok that I posted my question here.  If not, please let me know.  Thanks.This question is regarding OCD (obsessive-compulisive disorder) -- however, general type OCD, I'm NOT referrring to…Continue

Help me with my allergy!!!

Started by Hua Pornchokchai. Last reply by SoulSparkled Dec 3, 2013. 1 Reply

Hi! EveryoneI want to ask for some advice I've turn vegan because of my allergyWell, I don't really know what cause mebut I do got rash It's so painful that I have to sleep to not feel anything…Continue

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Comment by Cowgirlfrommars on November 8, 2012 at 12:36pm

Ah no need to be bummed--I'm not.  Although, the bp mess has destroyed my life many times over, it has, if nothing else, made me a more compassionate and (surprisingly) cheerful person.

Yeah, I definitely used to get a boost from the B complex, but as long as I'm taking it regularly it doesn't have that effect.  Which I would guess, is because I'm not walking around in a deficient state.

The way I found most helpful to smother those cravings was to determine what quality it was of that food that I really wanted/needed, and identify a plant food that would satisfy that want.  I'd make a deal with myself saying "ok, have this plant food first, and if you still want that thing you craved so much, then go for it".  Nearly every time, the craving disappeared after having my "approved" food.  When you hear those "You WILL NOT be happy..." messages, can you replace them with an "I WILL be happy if I have this banana" statement?

Usually, I toss the flax and/or chia in a smoothie.  Chia is great in juice as well.  Oh and you can make salad dressings with say some some lightly soaked chia, citrus and fresh herbs.

Yes, yes, stay out of your head.  It's not always a good place to hang out.  Physical activity of any kind and art(ish) projects usually helped me at least a little bit.


Comment by Sock on November 8, 2012 at 12:11pm

Hey cowgirlfrommars, that is mega awesome to hear - it's that weird paradox where i'm bummed to hear that another is struggling mentally, but stoked to connect, feel validated, and get discussion going.  that's interesting, as far as your supplements go. I've experimented with sooo many different ones, been stoked for a day or week on some, felt nothing on others. I once noticed a surge from a bcomplex vitamin and once from a b12 supplement, but only right away, like the first time or first few times.  I think i'm gonna stick with a consistent 811 way of eating with no supplementation and see how it treats me.  I havent been consistent with it thus so far, becuz i keep succumbing to INTENSE cravings, like mental messages that say "You WILL NOT be happy unless you eat a sub from subway!" or something, ha ha! I laugh at it, cuz i need to, and becuz i can right now, but it overwhelms me and i hate it!  Oh yeah also the chia and flax - curious how you use them, like in what foods/dishes.  Thanx so much for your words, I am really needing support/connection with some of the things going on in my head - i get trapped in my head and it's bad for me - so talking and connecting is super awesome.

Comment by Cowgirlfrommars on November 8, 2012 at 6:49am

Hi Sock,

I've been dealing with the same "stuff" (plus migraines and ADD) since about third grade.  For the first time ever I've been completely symptom free for seven+ months.  I don't pretend diet is the sole reason I'm in such good shape now, but I'm a firm believer that a clean, nutrient dense diet allows my meds to be more effective.  For me, breakfast and lunch are 811 and dinner is often cooked gluten free plant based. Plus, I avoid anything with high glutamic acid content which means MSG, nutritional yeast, any yeasts used for flavoring, and large amounts of mushrooms and seaweed--from the ridiculous amount of reading I've done on current drug developments and brain chemistry I believe this is extremely important whether one has a noticeable reaction to those items or not.  I do supplement with a liquid B complex and magnesium.  I'm also particular to get in a decent amount of flax and chia.  I'm pretty much convinced that those of us with these challenges may need more of those than people without.

Happy you found this group!

Comment by Sock on November 8, 2012 at 5:58am

I am really excited to see that there is a mental health group!  I am excite to see things written about food not "solving it all."  I struggle with bipolar/anxiety/depression stuff, and the 811 way helps me a ton with it, but isn't the "answer."  I'm super eager to talk with folks who struggle with eating 811 style or eating healthy/being healthy in general and how to stay motivated.  I definitely wonder a lot "what's the point?  I should just enjoy my food more" and will fall back to junk food.  I also struggle with having a particular, needy way of eating - it is much easier being vegan like i have for 10 years and having cooked vegan options, but just fruit and salads feels ultimately amazing and i love doing my own thing, but krappy when i feel like i am "in the way" or too needy or something.  I dont think this all the time, but when i do i doubt 811. 

Comment by SoulSparkled on June 1, 2012 at 6:16pm

I have noticed a few people in this forum comment on 'eating disorders'. Whether it's that they worry about falling back into negative past eating behaviours, feel like they suffer with an eating disorder such as bulimia, over-eating or anorexia, or simply feel that they are eating in a disordered way...

So I felt it was relevant to bring this topic up.

Many people are attracted to finding that right way of eating.. thinking it will be the answer to EVERYTHING! There is always a learning curve when being involved in life and love... and food is so much more than survival and yet so controversial in our modern world. It is no longer the garden of eden that we live in - though we can choose to surround ourselves in nature - it's not always 'easy'.

While 'diet' is such a massive influence there are many other facets of our wellbeing that require attention and care. Food is a fuel to live a better life though it makes sense that many people can become fixated and confused with it.

So many people have been caught in the clutches of a difficult relationship with food and there are some brilliant books dedicated to this topic. To mention a few about emotions and food... relevant also to eating disorders here are just a few top ones that I have read and can say I found very insightful... 

- Mirror Mirror by Dianne Wilson

- Women, food and God by Ganeen Roth

- Life without Ed by Jenni Shaeffer


Some of you might have some more thoughts or suggestions on this topic that can be helpful for those struggling with balancing their eating and struggling with the emotional facet of 'diet'...

Comment by SoulSparkled on May 30, 2012 at 9:32pm

Niacin is also known as B3!!!

Dietary Sources of  Foods with Niacin Include:

Food - Niacin (mg)

Peanuts, 1/2 cup - 10.5
Mushrooms, raw, 1/2 cup - 1.7
Corn, yellow, 1/2 cup - 1.3
Mango, 1 medium - 1.5
Lentils, 1/2 cup - 1.4
Sweet potatoes 1/2 - 1.2
Peach, raw, medium - .9
Carrot, raw, medium - .7
Almonds, 1/2 cup - 1.4
Potato - 3.3

Comment by Cowgirlfrommars on May 30, 2012 at 12:44am

I've seen Food Matters, but the mention of Niacin didn't stay with me.  I focus on Magnesium, Omega 3, Folate, Taurine and natural glutamate blockers like leucine, isoleucine and lysine.  They're all helpful in different ways.

Comment by SoulSparkled on May 29, 2012 at 9:44pm

I recently watched the documentary 'food matters' which challenges a lot of the 'drug industry' and health industry. It had some raw food based ideas on depression which had me intrigued - the suggestion was to eat 2 handfuls of nuts such as cashews each day and ensure a high intake of vitamin C and Niacin. It was a helpful reminder that when experiencing/living a stressful lifestyle I am burning up my vitamin C pretty quickly and need to increase my intake.

I do find of course eating more raw foods that my intake of vitamin C is naturally boosted and that is fantastic. I'm wondering where Niacin comes from though... will be looking to venture into this one a bit more... 

Comment by Chris on May 3, 2012 at 4:02pm

Jan. 19, Paul said,

"He thinks I'm obsessed because I want to be healthy, educate myself on these topics and do some exercise. He says that I'm not going to live forever and I should just enjoy life instead of spending my free time reading about nutrition..."

Paul, did he really use the word, "should"? That power word is not generally advised for experienced counselors. He may have just questioned how much time you're spending reading about nutrition, no? Regardless, it is a common misnomer even among conventional mental health workers who have no experience with raw vegan diets to assume you'd be enjoying life more by consuming conventional diets. 

I don't think I'm really carrying it to unhealthy extremes

The traditional rates of CHD, cancer, constipation, congestion, anxiety, depression associated with meat intake are true unhealthy extremes, not the passion for exclusionary dieting after developing a taste of the detox benefits. Although heart disease and cancer are popular, the are the more preventable extremes than a passion to learn experientially through exclusionary dieting.

Comment by Danielle on April 17, 2012 at 1:24am

Thanks for sharing, Kimberly. Inspiring!


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