How I Stumbled onto my Passion
For so many years I said things like “I’m just not one for climbing the corporate ladder” or “I’m just not career driven”. What I really meant was I didn’t have a passion. I had a great job that I liked, I even loved what the company was doing, but I wasn’t passionate about my role, to be honest, I wasn’t really passionate about anything in my life. I was down in the dumps, all the time, I had no motivation, no energy, and a never-ending case of brain fog. It was so bad, I truly believed I was not capable of learning. I would sit in meetings and leave not knowing what had been discussed. I would read the same page of a book over and over again and still not know what it said. This all left me feeling hopeless, like a failure, and that I’d never amount to anything.
My depression came in waves over the years. It was never gone, but sometimes it was manageable. When it was bad though, it was really bad. A couple years ago it was capital B.A.D., I mean couldn’t get out of bed, couldn’t stop crying and wanting nothing more than to just give up B.A.D. I disappeared from my life as much as I could. I didn’t want to see friends, I never wanted to leave my house, I lost interest in everything that I had ever enjoyed. By accident, in the depths of my depression, I discovered the ketogenic diet. For a couple different reasons, I decided to give it a try. I could never have predicted what would happen. It forever changed my life!!!! Almost immediately, my mood changed, for the better. My depression disappeared, my feelings of anxiety were gone, my mind cleared up and I could focus, I could suddenly remember things again. I went from sad to happy, I no longer cried, instead I laughed. I rejoined the living. All because I changed what I was eating. Oh, and I dropped the 30 pounds I had gained from all the medications I’d take over the years. WHAT!!!!! Seriously? This is what it took?
Needless to say, I was excited, and I couldn’t shut up about it, in fact I still can’t shut up about it. I wanted to tell EVERYONE what I had discovered. In fact, I got so excited, I decided to leave the corporate world, go back to school and get certified as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. I’ve now started my own business where I get to help others heal their bodies with food. Who is this girl? I’ll tell you right now, this was NEVER me before keto! So, here I am today, telling you about how I changed my life by accident. How I found my passion, and why I’m doing what I’m doing. I want the world to know what I now know! FOOD IS POWER, FOOD IS MEDICINE! No more side effects from meds, no more meds to deal with those side effects. No more time off work to go to the doctor. No more standing in line at the pharmacy. No more spending money on co-pays. Hands down, I like food as medicine much better than a pharmaceutical medication!
I now feel like I have a new lease on life. Waking up in the morning and getting to do what I love gives me a spring in my step I’ve never had before. It has also given me a new perspective on life. Self-care has become so important to me and I rarely let anything get in the way of it. In the darkness of my depression, I didn’t think I deserved any better, I didn’t think I deserved to feel good or be happy. Who was I anyway, I’m nothing special? I now know I deserve to feel amazing. I deserve to have dreams and the drive to fulfill them. No one deserves happiness and success more than I do. Now you might be thinking, wow, this lady is really full of herself, but I’m not, I think you deserve that too, I think everyone deserves that! I think we all deserve everything this world has to offer! If I’m successful, it means I have more to give to others to help them be successful. If I’m happy, hopefully it will infect those around me. It’s a win-win. This world is a big place and there is plenty of love, happiness and success to go around. We should all get a piece of the keto pie!
If you’re reading this post and feeling at all how I used to feel, I encourage you to keep going, keep looking for something more, something better. Feeling good and being happy is not always easy. It requires trying something new, taking a chance. It may mean discovering self-care, change of diet, removing stressors, etc. It looks different for everyone. It is also not a one and done kind of thing. It is a lifelong venture, but oh boy am I here to tell you, it is worth it!