View Full Version : Emotional Detox???
11-29-2005, 10:35 AM
I think I may be going thru some emotional detox. It's the only thing I can think it may be! I'm in a funk ... bit of depression. And I have NO reason that I should be! I've finally moved back into my home after living with my folks for 8 months while my home was repaired from last year's hurricanes. I should be ecstatic right now!!! Instead, I'm in a light depression, and I have absolutely no idea why! I've been 100% raw since I moved back home on the 20th (altho' I did have two slip-ups). Is this possibly just some emotional gunk that's surfacing, even tho' I can't find any definite reason why I'm depressed? (There's nothing going on elsewhere that should cause a depression, either.)
Sorry ... this probably sounds wacky. I really don't know how to describe it since I have no clue where it's coming from. Kind of frustrating, actually ... hard to get a handle on something when it's like this.
I did feel a bit cruddy (physically) yesterday, too, and today have only wanted 'comfort' food ... oatmeal. Probably not the best thing to have for both breakfast and lunch, but that's what the body wants ... lol ...
Anyone ever have this happen? It's very strange, and I hope it ends soon!
11-29-2005, 11:43 AM
I've kinda been going through the same thing. I DO believe there is such a thing as emotional detox. I guess if your brain is actually going through the "detox" of not getting the food its' craving? You know, your brain controls everything. If I could just get my BRAIN to understand why I'm eating this way, then RAW would be so much easier at this point. My life is wonderful, but I do feel this depression from time to time, and I think it's because I'm getting rid of those old comfort foods. I guess I need to get some new comfort foods. Especially with winter right here, I'm looking for a "warm" food to hit the spot! Keep in touch, and keep reminding yourself it's only temperary!! (At least that's what I'm telling myself! ;) )
11-29-2005, 12:31 PM
Sure. You won't always KNOW why a poor feeling arises. But you CAN do 2 things:
1) Spend 5 minutes just allowing the feeling and showing love to it. Explore it.
2) DO something positive. Make a plan. Write out a goal. Brainstorm how you are going to get to it.
11-29-2005, 12:35 PM
Carolyn! I have had similar experiences and posted about it. I think emotional detox is a BIG part of the detox process.
Just like you mentioned, I have not been able to put my finger on what the emotions are about or where they are coming from.. they just come up!
11-29-2005, 03:40 PM
Hi my Buddy
just wanted to say sorry I have not been in touch - my computer has broken and right now I am on someone else's. Hopefully it will be fixed soon.
Emotional detox - very possible especially considering the trauma you have been through in the last months. The fact that it is coming out though means you can address it and hopefully in a safe environment. The fact that you are staying raw through this time will only strengthen your ability to deal with it. If you are like me eating cooked food only surpresses the emotions but they come back later. I find I am more depressed after raw food and even knowing this I still tend to binge - please don't fall into the same trap if you too do this. Eat raw, experience the emotions and then allow them to move on.
Take care and I will PM you soon ...... about to run out the door for a work meeting. Big HUG!!!!!!
11-29-2005, 04:06 PM
you have a craving IF you ONLY want one food or one type of food, like wheat or warm and soft, or ice cream etc.
It is true hunger, if ANYTHING will fill it, so when I "think" I'm hungry I grab an apple or pineapple or banana, and if they ALL look good to me, I "KNOW" I'm really hungry, but if it doesn't look good or I think hummm, I really want some bread or something, then I "KNOW" It's just cravings, and I can leave them be.
also, emotional detox, is VERY intense in some people, after all, you have been giving your body, and brain, many chemicals and stuffing down all your issues with food.
NOW, all of a sudden you are actually eating to heal your body, not stuff down your issues and they WILL come up.
Mine certainly did. I am usually a very sweet and kind person, I very rarely have any issues with anyone, and I can get along with truly horribly acting people.
BUT, after I was raw for a few months, just about everyone rubbed me the wrong way, and I let them know it too. So, I was finally getting out a bunch of stuff that had been stuffed down for years. I also find myself crying easily, which is more like how I was when I was in my teens and early 20's. I was a highly sensitive child and very emotional about all aspects of pain or fear in anyone, I was very empathic, and could just tell who was hurting. Well, after eating cooked for years, that went away almost totally, now that I've been raw a while, it is back in full force. And I -- once again -- feel the fear and pain of others, (especially in crowds) another reason I am a recluse.
Anyway, just know this is a process to progress and YOU WILL MAKE IT.
But you may choose to give up the oatmeal, or eat it totally raw, I know Rawkinlocs eats it raw, and probably has some really great recipes up her proverbial sleeve.
11-29-2005, 06:59 PM
Thanks for all the great replies, everyone!!! :) I had a feeling this funk was just another form of detox, but it's nice to hear others are going thru, and have gone thru, the same. I know it'll pass ... it's just struck me as being very strange. (I'd expected to be so thrilled to be back in my home, but to be like this ...??? Too weird!)
Sorry, Christine ... I should have mentioned that the oatmeal was raw. I guess it's become my raw comfort food. (At least today!) I stayed on the raw path. :)
Bronnie!!! Let me know when you're back online! So sorry to hear about your computer! It's hard to be computer-less ... what in the world did we do before all this??? :) hehehe ... I know I sure had more time to actually accomplish things! lol ...
dhammala .... so true on these weird feelings! I can't place anything other than feeling down. Which is so bizarre!!! Usually in a case like this, I can at least pinpoint the reason behind it. But not this time! That's why I'd really started wondering if it was just detox. It's strange! The physical detox I understand ... but this ...??????
David and Wendi ... many thanks for the support! :) I do keep in mind that this will pass, I just wasn't able to figure out why I should be depressed. But it will pass, and in the meantime I'll just give it love, thanks for the suggestion, David! Love and kindness always turn away negativity! :)
Thanks again, everyone! All your posts (and the support) made me smile. Wendi, if you'd like support thru this, as well, let me know! :)
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