Laurie Zacco
Theresa Pierce

The Raw Food Lifestyle vs Anxiety/Depression

I have been in the raw food “world” for going on 2 years now. I have been completely raw/vegan (with the exception of raw honey) for 1 1⁄2 years. I have heard from many people, personally, and read many more stories on the computer of people overcoming and even reversing many serious, sometimes chronic, life-threatening diseases by changing their diet and lifestyle to include ALL or MOSTLY raw food. I, personally, have reversed many health challenges including pre-diabetes, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, high cholesterol and excess weight. While I cherish the good health that I feel and see in my blood test results, as well as the image that looks back at me in the mirror each morning, there is one thing that stands out above all the others on my journey to a healthier me.

I thought I was like everyone else. I just get hormonal at that time of the month. I snap at you because you frustrated me. That’s normal, right???? I would sometimes feel a gray cloud following me around all day long. I called it my “Eeyore” cloud. I know now that it is called depression. When a gazelle on the Serengeti is alerted to a lion in the distance, the cortisol level rises and he takes off running. The adrenaline coursing through his veins helps him get out of danger. When the lion is out of sight, his cortisol level returns to normal and he begins grazing once more. Most of us experience high cortisol levels on a more constant basis, unlike the gazelle, because of how our lives are structured. We sit in bumper to bumper traffic to get to work after we just heard about the child who was abducted on his way to school on the news. Therefore, we don’t return to the normal level like the grazing gazelle; instead we stay at a much more heightened state of stress.

In the past, my personal anxiety level was very high. For example, if a flat tire was to occur, I would fly into panic mode…. How will the rest of the day go??? Will I have to reschedule all of my customers???? If I do, where on earth will I reschedule them to????

I have been involved in a serious motorcycle accident, where I was pinned underneath a SUV and having to be airlifted to a trauma center. This experience left me with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). In addition I suffered three separate incidences that brought me to a hospital, one was atrial fibrillation and the other two were called “syncope”. A syncope is when you pass out for no apparent reason. All were quite scary. After having every cardiac test known to mankind performed for the a-fib and the syncopies, the results were inconclusive. It was suggested to me by a very wise nurse at my cardiologist’s office that it may be stress-related or possibly related to my thoughts and that maybe I should learn some relaxation techniques. I was furious at her for suggesting that it was “all in my head”; after all, I had concrete symptoms. I should also mention, I actually believed I might need medication to deal with the after-effects of the accident.

I have done a lot of things in the last few years to improve my life and health. I definitely believe that my transition to a 100% raw/vegan diet was a huge catalyst in getting me to a more emotionally centered and balanced place. My spiritual, MENTAL and physical health are all heading in a transformational direction. I can see the sun and clouds in the sky and hear the birds sing. I have gratitude for life now, not dread of what might happen tomorrow. I can say with confidence that raw and living foods, one bite at a time, have nourished my mind to a healthier place. I believe I have reversed my potentially most serious and possibly life-threatening conditions — DEPRESSION and ANXIETY.

Theresa Pierce

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