View Full Version : Feeling depressed and sad, why ?
09-05-2008, 01:20 PM
I have been raw for about 3 weeks now, but im feeling crappy at the moment. Im extreamly tired, feeling like im walking around in a hase. Im really moody and irritable, total moodsvings. Feeling weak and so sad and well feeling really sorry for myself.
I have lost weight, as I have told in another post, and people has been comenting on me looking way to skinny (witch I am). One person I havent seen in a couple of years asked me really conserned if I have been sick... "You look sick and really skinny" :eek: what a bomer. Im just in tears. I went raw for health reasons but all I got out of it is feeling and looking crappy :(
What am I doing wrong ? I know that im not eating all thouse nutty foods because of allergies. But I do eat avokado everyday and hemp seeds, sesame, flax (flaxcracers), sunflower, pumkin seeds too. Vegies and a lot of fruits.
Is it blodsugar problems ? Am I eating to much fruits ? (I love fruits, and that is what makes me feel bedst of all raw foods).
I miss some more bulk in my diet, carbs to be more specific ;-) I use to eat a lof of that.
Im going to try to eat more sprouts when I get my sprouter to give me more of that filling feeling. But maby that is not enought.
I just totaly dont understand. I get more than enought protein and fat. so what is missing ? Maby im just not created to eat raw ? Sigh
Im sorry for being sutch a downer, im really sorry. But im just do depressed and sad. Im supose to be happy and glowing, why am I feeling like this ?
It sounds like detox to me. The haze will lift as long as you remain raw. If youre eating 100% raw it will lift pretty quick. Drink lots of fluids to help flush out toxins. Its normal to lose some weight in the beginning but your weight should find a balance for itself after a month or so. Avocados and coconut are good if you cant do nuts. Bananas are a heavier fruit so if you like them you can add more into your diet. You dont have to have a sprouter to make sprouts. I just use a big glass bowl and strainer with paper towels. It works well for me. Just try not to focus on the weightloss right now because it is probably just detox, which is good. Im sure you will get some great suggestions here. Rest and feel better soon!!!
09-05-2008, 02:39 PM
I have been raw for almost 6 months now and felt just like you for the first 5 months...I am just starting to see some positive changes that tell me that I am on the right track.
I lost a ton of weight too, and still am not back up to looking how I feel that I should but like others have said, it seems that we do go through this weight loss and then end up putting healthier weight back on later. I know that my digestion was awful and I wasn't absorbing nutrients and that had a lot to do with it - since doing a few cleansing protocols I have my digestion back on track and the weight is slowly going up. My energy and mood are better too.
If you gravitate toward fruit, I would say stick with it...I gravitate towards fats and that's what works for me. We just have to go with what makes us feel our best, and trust that it will help us build better health and better bodies in the long run.
Stick with it, and try not to get too discouraged...just think of this as a temporary and necessary "house cleaning" period...
P.S. I felt like I was missing bulk for awhile too...I started making raw bread (NOT crackers, too thin and crunchy) and using them to make sandwiches for dinner filled with sunflower herb "cheese", sprouts, olives, etc. and they really give me that needed bulk and full feeling.
09-05-2008, 03:32 PM
I just passed the 2 week mark today and I've felt terribly sad the past couple of days. I cried alot last night and it was a much-needed release. In fact, there ARE some things to feel sad about--very sad--and without the numbing from the processed foods, it's right there. I try to remember to be gentle with this, since I'm in it for the long haul. And to take things one day at a time. It's all just energy, IMO, that needs to be unblocked and moved on out. :)
It can be tough...last night, I just wanted to grab someone on the street and pour my heart out to them, and I was a little worried that I wouldn't make the walk home w/o bursting into tears. Yeah, it was a RAW kind of feeling...
Hang in there!
09-05-2008, 05:13 PM
Blue green alge is really good for depression. It really helped me a lot. Just continue to consume more until you feel balanced, then stay at that level.
be sure to get enough Balanced essential fatty acids as that is directly related to mood and brain function.
i find an online nutrition tracking site like fitday.com very helpful in seeing what nutrients i am getting and what i may be missing consistently. this can be such a great tool early on when you are new to the diet and just finding your balance.
good luck! feel better.
09-06-2008, 02:16 PM
Oh you are just sweethearts, thank you so much for your support :) It really means so much to me, and reading your posts really makes me feel so much better. Thank you :)
Thank you for your surgestions. Im allready eating several bananas and one avokado everyday and try go get some fatty seeds in there too.
I would really like to do a juicefast or somthing. I have heard that it usaly helps the body get into balance and start to work as it should ;) I have also a absorbtion problem dating back to having Colitis years ago that has put my colon out of balance, and because of that dont absorb nutriens as I should. I use to take a vitamine/mineral tablet (one where the vit. and min. has been grown in probiotics so they are easely absorbed), because of my absorbsion problem. And I have been thinking that my terible moodsvings is because I dont absorb the vit. Bīs really well. So yesterday and today I took the tablet again and feels a lot better. I gues I should wait a little longer before I stop taking them. Untill my body is detoxed and absorbes nutriens without problem :-)
I use to take green blue alge for detoxing heavy metals from my body (I had alot), but havent taken them since. Maby I should start again. Thanks for reminding me :-)
Im really consious of getting my omegas specialy omega 3 everyday. I either take flax oil/seeds or hemp everyday.
Thankyou for sharing Rawsweetie. It is nice to know that im not the only one feeling like this :-)) I was expecting the physical detox but I wasent prepared for all the emotional stuff. Nice to know it is not uncomon ;-) I hope you are feeling better ?
Thankyou again everyone :)
make sure to pair that flax with olive oil to get it balanced. hemp is a perfect balance all on it's own.
09-06-2008, 06:59 PM
Shantilove, I am feeling better. I hope you are, too. :)
09-07-2008, 03:50 AM
Shantilove, if you stay raw you will periodically go through some detox symptoms as the cleansing process is an ongoing process. Just ride through it and know that you will be alright. I have also found that green smoothies help me tremendously with the depression. I hope you feel better.;)
ShantiLove: First, I'm sending a hug out to you! You are most definitely going through detox. When we hold in emotions or stuff them down/protect ourselves (even subconsciously) by having a glass of wine or munching on chips, pretzels, cheese and crackers, etc... our body honors our actions by not letting us feel the entirety of the emotions. But then they're stuck until our body is ready to let go of them. Eating raw is so cleansing and healing that you're at a point of cleaning out the old emotions too.
Emotional detox is very real and sometimes painful. Trust your body. Love yourself. You will get through this an (emotionally) healthier person and certainly happier too. If you are a religious person, ask your higher power for the strength to get you through. If you are not, tell yourself OUT LOUD, "This is temporary. I will get through this. I deserve to be truly happy." And that is what will happen. You will find that, if you allow the healing, you will probably be happier than you've felt in many years. For no reason!
As for your desire for carbohydrates, I have an answer for you! Do you have Alissa's book? If you do, look up the burger bun recipe. (If you don't have it, feel free to send me an email by clicking on my name. I'll send it to you rather than posting it here.) It has sprouted buckwheat groats in it. If you have not already tried it, it is very filling.
You can use the burger buns as a pizza crust, a bread, burger bun, it's even the calzone recipe's outside! As well, I sometimes sprout buckwheat (takes less than 24 hours and is the easiest sprouting process!), then add some oil, spices and salt (not a lot!), then dehydrate. BAM! Popcorn! It's filling in the say way as eating bread or other carbs and can also be added on top of salads for a crunch, etc.
Did I mention that you're going to get through this?! You are!
09-07-2008, 10:30 AM
Emotional detox can be very scary. I am a person who does not cry but eating raw foods and cleansing my body has been bringing up a lot of stuff I have been holding in. The longer I stay on this journey I go through different phases of detox. As different things come up my body and my moods react in different ways from depression to euphoria. The most important thing I think I have learned is that I know that whenever I am going through a real bad phase it will pass. I don't really welcome the bad times but when I have them now I understand what it is and it gives me a little kick because I know that I my body is getting rid of something bad and what I am doing is working.:rolleyes:
09-07-2008, 02:36 PM
Thankyou sooooo much for your support :) it really warms my heart and means so much to me.
Yes it is scary. I havent had moodsvings like that in years. Im also really sensitive to peopels energies, specialy negative energies. I have always been sensitive but this is extream. And I just got this extream urge for change and detox of my physical environment. Since im not living alone it is really frustrating and tirring not being able to change what I want and when I want. LOL sounds like a women on a hormone trip :p
Well I am better now. On top of becoming raw I have been throug a lot of stress, and that dosent make it any better. I wish I could take a couple of weeks of from work, just to relax and recuporate.
Thank you all again :)
I will hang in there and stay raw, I cant do otherwise. It is so much easyer to live this way that it was before. I have a lot of foodallergies so it is so difficould to find food to eat, and complicatet too. But raw is easy, if im out and cant find anything to eat, there is always fruit. Im soooooo much more relaxed around food now, and I have also noticed im eating much more. I actualy feel like eating now. Before it was just to "survive". Now im looking forvard to the next meal just after I finished eating :-) Oh and shopping for food ....... a nother joy in itself :-) so raw it is :-))
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