Holy Hormones Honey! – No more being told by a doctor to ‘Take 2 Valium and go home, honey – it’s all in your head.’ Well, in a way they are kind of right. The imbalance is in our head – a biochemical/hormone imbalance in the brain. Now we know that balance is achieved with nutrition – good foods – not psychotropics. Beat anxiety and depression once and for all through your diet.
By Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski
Therapy Soup readers know that we believe body, mind and soul are intricately linked and that a holistic approach to treatment for mental illness and/or addiction (or any health or personality issue) is truly necessary.
We’ve posted quite a few articles on the importance of nutrition in the treatment of mental health issues (most recently, this piece on Martha Herbert’s revolutionary whole-body treatment approach for autism). Now we’d like to tell you about a nutritional approach for the treatment of anxiety.
Trudy Scott has had her own personal journey with anxiety, starting in her mid-thirties. She says, “My anxiety was just awful and I had feelings of doom for no reason, a pounding heart in the middle of the night and at various times during the day, excessive unfounded worry and feelings of being overwhelmed, avoidance of social situations, panic attacks (I had three in total and would not wish one on my worst enemy) and one throat constriction episode.
I had hormone imbalances and suffered from terrible PMS. I also experienced adrenal burnout. Of course, I had all the sugar cravings (I was a huge chocoholic) that so often go with mood and hormonal problems.”
Trudy discovered that it was not only stress and overworking that were causing her anxiety symptoms, but also her so-called healthy vegetarian diet. Eventually, what she learned about diet, nutrition, and anxiety led her to write her first book,”The Antianxiety Food Solution: How The Foods You Eat Can Help You Calm Your Anxious Mind, Improve Your Mood, And End Cravings.”
She’s a certified nutritionist and the immediate past president of the board of directors of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals and also serves as a Special Advisor to the board. She also spent two years working with nutritional psychologist Julia Ross, author of “The Mood Cure.”
She also consults with individual women who need individualized advice about how to address their own nutrition needs (you can learn more at her one-on-one consulting site, everywomanover29.) Trudy is knowledgeable about both diet and supplements but what really shines in the “Antianxiety Food Solution” is an approach that is personally tailored to your specific needs.