Over the past few years, I've endured a series of unforeseen events. Originally diagnosed with anxiety and depression at 14, I spent the majority of my life working through a condition that I immediately attributed to my environment. It wasn't until 12 years later that things took a turn for the worst.
I was officially diagnosed with severe Generalized Anxiety and Panic Disorder at 26—a disorder that psychologically and socially crippled me. I battled a two-year drug addiction to my anxiety meds, and survived an accidental overdose due to a combination of anxiety pills and painkillers, both of which were prescribed to me.
I was fighting a war within myself that I was desperately losing. The day I contemplated taking my life was the day I recognized the importance of it. After hitting a dead end with my doctor, I set out on a quest to not only change, but save my life.
Today, I'm an author (read more about my experiences in my book, Strong in the Broken Places), motivational speaker, mindfulness coach and wellness expert, specializing in the healthier management of anxiety. Personally, one of the first things I did when I embarked on this journey was research the the role my diet played in my anxiety. The information was overwhelming.
Immediately I adjusted my diet, and I've never looked back. Over the years I've learned which foods feed my anxiety and which foods don't.
Below is a list of the top 10 foods that I personally avoid in the management of my anxiety: