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Should I go raw whilst struggling with depression and sadness?

Hi guys, a friend of mine, is raw and she has had alot of problems in the past, but her experience was, that she needed to deal with her emotional issues first, so she has suggested I do the same, only trouble is I have spent my entire life struggling with thoughts of saddness, despite having things to be grateful for, Iam so low at the moment, that I want to change, its just I dont want to risk making things worse by moving over to raw.

Just today, I have had to cancel my facebook account because I found out,that some so called friends had read a post I made saying how much I had been crying, and apparently they thought it was really funny, so I have decided if I dont have the account I wont be tempted to express my emotions so openly, I hope none of them will ever read this, its so sad, but I cant risk anymore hurt.

Anyway,let meknow what you think,thanks guys

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Comment by Shannon on March 9, 2010 at 11:12am
If I hadn't found 80-10-10, I'd probably be 10 feet under right now, no joke. I was majorly depressed before I started eating 80-10-10. Even after slip-ups, I'm still in a better place because my body's beginning to function the way it's supposed to. It also helps to have someone who helps you reprogram yourself to have more positive thoughts.
Comment by Jessi Sunflower on March 9, 2010 at 1:15am
I say you should go for it, I have never felt happier then when I am 100% lfrv. I have been struggling with eating disorders and major depression for 7 years! You can do it!
Comment by spekgirl on March 8, 2010 at 6:33pm
hey Penny i just want to let you know if you ever need someone to talk to or a shoulder to cry on i am always here, Jesus bless you beautiful xox
Comment by B on March 8, 2010 at 9:18am
yes, lfrv is probably the most effective cure for depression there is. I don't know of any long term 811er who still suffers from depression and I've heard of countless cases of it being relieved, in some cases within days (yours truly included). much of your emotional issues are likely being exacerbated by the not so-healthy substances you've been putting into your body, even though it seems like they are being caused by things external to you or in the past. so if you're so willing give it a shot, see what happens, you might be amazed.
Comment by Carl Andrews on March 8, 2010 at 7:39am
And to tie it in with my original comment, vitality is suggestive of optimal chemical balance and thus is the polar opposite of clinical depression, meaning the two are mutually exclusive...
Comment by Carl Andrews on March 8, 2010 at 7:24am
Depression is non specific condition having much more to do with chemical imbalances than behavioral experience. You can see this when using drugs to simulate natural balance. Suddenly the same experience no longer depresses. The best way to correct imbalance and thus "cure" chronic non specific malaise is to live in such a way as to regain or create the healthy balance. That curative way is called natural hygiene. It not only doesn't, but can't get any more "universal" than that.
Comment by Andrew on March 8, 2010 at 7:11am
I struggled with depression for some time before I figured out how to overcome it. I've recently written about how I did it and how it fits into a raw lifestyle here.

Going raw is not a universal cure for depression, although it allows for the observation of change and improvement, which can certainly help.
Comment by Carl Andrews on March 8, 2010 at 6:00am
Hi Penny,

Here is what I said about this on another thread...

When you live naturally - regular thorough sleep, 811 diet, daily exercise, daily sun and air, daily good deeds, you can respond with sadness to sad events, as you should, but never without awareness of all the happy and good events that cancel out the bad. YOu can have occasional sad intervals when appropriate. But with natural hygiene it's impossible to be depressed. It's impossible to stay down. Vitality and depression are opposite ends of the magnet - they will not connect...

It may be hard getting started, but what's easy about things now? Happy decision making...
Comment by Joy on March 8, 2010 at 4:52am
Hi Penny

I have suffered from depression for the past 10 years and was on the highest doses of two anti-depressants at this time last year when i first went raw. I went 100% overnight and got off of my anti-depressants after a few weeks. I really felt amazing, so much happier, i had energy and a more positive outlook on life. So I think going raw would be great for you. I don't believe it will make things worse, I believe it will give you strength.

The only thing is that after 3 months of 100% I fell off the wagon and I fell off hard. I then fell into the deepest depression of my life thus far. I was off my meds and i was off my happy foods and finally started experiencing withdrawl symptoms of my medication. So I would suggest that if you want to go raw, yes do it. But do it in such a way that you aren't bound to fall off the wagon too hard. Any step you make towards raw foods is amazing. Just start eating raw until noon everyday. and then til supper. and then try to have all raw days. see you how feel. you can experiment with this, it doesn't have to be all or nothing!

but for me, raw food is the cure to my depression.

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