October 5 , 2016
A Story of Grain + Dairy Free Transformation:
The first time I experienced anxiety I was 22 years old.
My father had recently been diagnosed with cancer, I had moved into a new place, was enrolled in an undergraduate degree program, and was teaching at a K-12 charter school.
Life felt uneasy and intimidating—every single day. Shortly after my father passed I started having panic attacks. I refused to go to a doctor because I feared they would try to force prescriptions on me.
I was determined to face my anxiety, and work through my symptoms without the help of medication.
I was never officially diagnosed, as I refused to seek out help. As an avid researcher, I had read enough to understand that what I was suffering from was anxiety.
I fell into that category with so many others who never seek treatment and go undiagnosed. Anxiety disorders plague western society; you most certainly know people in your life that live with symptoms everyday (and maybe that includes you).
After a couple of years of moving through my grieving process, I was able to successfully reduce my my anxiety—until, that is, I found myself in another new chapter.
I was, once again faced with a lot of uncertainty: another new place, a toxic relationship, and a new career path with my own business.
My anxiety took over once again, causing my sympathetic nervous system to go into overdrive—eventually leading to adrenal fatigue.
Even after doing an overhaul on my high stress lifestyle, I was still experiencing anxiety from the enduring havoc the stress had caused to my physical and mental state.
I spent months trying to reduce it—focusing on building a lifestyle focused on self-love, health and wellness, and was able to start reducing my symptoms. But traces of my daily anxiety still lingered.
At this point, I had been practicing Buti Yoga for a year and a half. I had witnessed many women have remarkable transformations going Grain Free/Dairy Free—however, as someone who doesn’t suffer from any autoimmune disorders or GI related issues, I didn't expect to see any results from going Grain Free/Dairy Free myself.
Having been a Pescatarian for 8 years—I was used to avoiding certain foods. Instead of looking at Grain/Dairy free as a limiting factor I decided to view it as an opportunity to experiment. I had already experienced years of scrutiny for having dietary preferences, but knew how to confidently stick to them if they truly made me feel my best.
For the first few days, I experienced a few minor withdrawals from grains and dairy—along with headaches and cravings.
Fortunately, those soon passed and I started to notice positive changes: my skin began improving after just a few weeks. The positive changes kept coming.
After a couple of months of eating this way, I realized that my anxiety was at an all time low. I had started making life decisions NOT based on fear or uncertainty but with a new found ease (with additional help from Bizzie’s BREAK method).
I had never considered that nutrition could be a contributing factor to anxiety disorders, let alone the final piece of the puzzle in eliminating my anxiety.
It turns out that anxiety and gut health go hand in hand, because gut health and brain health go hand in hand.
While you may not experience any physical symptoms of an unhealthy gut, mental symptoms like anxiety and depression may indicate that your gut is not as healthy as you think.
It took 5 years to discover, but I finally feel like I have the final tools to eliminate anxiety from my life. I have no desire to welcome grains and dairy back into my life, because I know anxiety is the side effect that comes with them.
If you suffer from anxiety, and want to regain control over your life, I highly encourage you to give the Grain Free/Dairy Free lifestyle a solid chance.
Nutrition is not a cure, but it is a tool. Combined with a lifestyle of exercise, yoga, meditation, sleep and stress management—you might have found your key to naturally decreasing your anxiety, too.
Editors Note: Our 30 Day Slimdown Meal Plans are the easiest (and most delicious) way to transition to a grain + dairy free lifestyle and THRIVE.
For more information on releasing the emotional addiction and patterns that hold you back with Bizzie Gold's BREAK method—click here.