I’m going to get real honest here and give you a bit of background on me and making a very long story short. Like I said in my first post, it’s going to be raw, unfiltered and honest around here.
From depression and alcohol…
I’ve suffered from depression my whole life. Something I did not discover until much later in life. The reason I never knew I was suffering from depression was because it was being masked with alcohol from the time I was 18. Before that it was food. There was one time in my earlier years that my depression was apparent. It was before alcohol ever entered the picture but somehow no one caught it.
The summer between 9th and 10th grades I completely isolated myself. I don’t even know why. There was just no desire to do anything except eat and watch the boob tube all day. In two and a half months I gained 30 lbs! I was already boarder line overweight as it was, but now I was really overweight. It was devastating. I had to do something to lose it fast so I tried being anorexic. When that didn’t work I became bulimic. Big mistake! Aside from keeping me in constant ill health, it took my teeth from me and 30 years to stop.
To health, wellness and freedom!
My whole life revolved around food and alcohol until about three years ago. It was a spring morning and I was so sick from alcohol, laying on my bedroom floor trying to decide how to kill myself. I’d given up. I couldn’t stop drinking, I was completely hopeless and I certainly couldn’t go on like this anymore. It was the darkest place I’d ever been in and death seemed like the only way out. Fortunately, the Universe has other plans for me. I had a moment of clarity. I didn’t want to die.
I called a friend for a ride to the hospital where I checked myself into the Behavioral Health Unit. It was the two of the best weeks of my life! I learned I not only have depression but bi-polar and anxiety as well. I was put on some medications to treat the bi-polar depression and was amazed. I wasn’t just not depressed anymore but I had zero cravings, wants, needs or anything for alcohol! I couldn’t believe it. Something that completely consumed my days, thinking, everything was gone. I was finally free!
What’s going on now.
While I haven’t drank over the past three years I have had to struggle a few times with depression due to the medication not working properly anymore. I took that opportunity to start a diet regimen for manic depression ( bi-polar with depression). I’ve been off my depression medications for a while and have been please with the results of the diet. It was because of this that I decided to become a health coach to help others with their health concerns through integrative nutrition.
Last September I started school at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to become a certified Holistic Health Coach. I never could have done that had I still been depressed or drinking. I have 6 more months to go but I just started my coaching practice and am more excited about my life than I’ve ever been!
If you told me three years ago I’d be in school to become a Holistic Health Coach I would have told you to get the heck out of here, not possible. I was in such a deep, dark place that everything was hopeless. But it’s only moving forward from here on out!
So that’s me, raw, unfiltered, honest! And if you have any questions on depression or alcohol abuse please email me and I will do what I can to answer your questions. If I can’t I will direct you to someone that can. Till next time! 🙂
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