My first panic attack.
I remember it like it was yesterday.
I was 16 years old, sitting in a movie theatre watching the latest Hollywood hit with my boyfriend. My pulse started racing. At first I thought it was from the film, but as the action in the movie slowed down, my pulse didn’t. I could hardly breathe. I felt a terror to my core about … well … I wasn’t sure what I was so scared of. I felt like I’d been running a race, but I was just sitting still. My heart was tight. Was I having a heart attack? I sat there, palms and temples sweating, hoping no one would notice the drama happening inside of me. “Just breathe…. Just breathe….”
I didn’t tell anyone about it. I was embarrassed and felt like both a drama queen and total wimp. I had no idea what had happened. All I knew was that it felt horrible and I prayed it wouldn’t happen again.
I was lucky. I only experienced a handful of panic attacks over the course of my life. Once I knew what they were, it took off some of the edge, but they were still awful. Many folks are not so lucky.
Deep anxiety, panic attacks, depression, and major mood swings plague them on a daily basis. Maybe you’re one of these people?
Last fall I was lucky enough to meet Trudy Scott, a nutritionist and author of the book The Antianxiety Food Solution: How The Foods You Eat Can Help You Calm Your Anxious Mind, Improve Your Mood, and End Cravings. She had me at the title alone.
If you’ve been reading my stuff for a while, you know that I believe firmly in the power of food as the ultimate foundation to health and healing. Sometimes this is more easily grasped on the topic of physical ailments – headaches, energy levels, body weight, digestive challenges – it’s easy to see how these issues are directly related to the foods we eat. But mood? Panic? Anxiety? Yup, our diet has a profound impact on these as well.
In her wonderfully accessible and user-friendly book, Trudy outlines a simple program that includes a nutrient-rich real foods diet and the elimination of some mood-affecting culprits that many of us consume on a daily basis.
She explains how hidden food sensitivities can exacerbate anxiety and how to identify those sensitivities in an easy way you can do at home without fancy testing.
She looks at the all-important role of digestion in making sure you’re getting mood-balancing nutrients from your diet and then finishes off with some more advanced concepts such as amino acid therapy, nutrient imbalances, the impact of medications, and lifestyle changes.
It’s a straightforward handbook on how to improve your mood, reduce anxiety, and eliminate those panic attacks once and for all through simple diet and lifestyle changes.
If you or someone you love struggles with any of these issues, I highly recommend this book. Implementing the strategies Trudy outlines will set you on the path to feeling balanced, calm, and happy.
By Margaret Floyd, NTP HHC CHFS