“You Don’t Have Depression” According to Vietnamese TCM Dr.

So, I loved working with Mr. Sau but the pricing of his herbs were really high!  About $25 cdn per 2 days of herbs or so.  In Canada, I’d pay about $70 for a month’s supply!  (To give you an idea of interesting costs here, a full dental cleaning in a modern office is $6, to get our cat spayed $2, a meal $2-$4).

The Vietnamese people as so kind, and Mr. Vu told me about a local herbs shop where I could get what I needed a lot cheaper.  So off I went on my e-bike to find the shop!

When I got there, I realized we had a translation problem.  So when the shop owner asked me “what your problem” I pulled out my cell phone and trusty Google Translate, and typed in “I have depression.  My head is sad”.  He looked at me so funny!  Then typed back “you can do more”.  Then he said “exercise”…

When we both realized that this form of translation wasn’t going to get us very far, I called Mr. Vu to come meet me at the shop.  When he arrived, he asked me what I told the shop owner that my problem was.  I showed him my phone.

He got so frustrated at me!  He said “this is not what you have!  You have blocked energy!  If you really feel that you have this depression then you go to the hospital and the doctor will give you pills”.  (It’s true, that’s all they do).

While it was not fun to call in a favor, then waste Mr. Vu’s time with

Friendly TCM herb shop owner.

my lack of listening skills, I’m really glad he spoke up with emotion.  It drilled it home to me that in Vietnam, depression isn’t a thing.  It’s a western term.  I immediately apologized, then payed attention to the facts and sensations in my body.  I re-framed why I was there in terms of my symptoms:

“I have a headache, my eyes feel sunk in my head, I’m weak and I have no energy for myself or anyone else in my family”.

I was then whisked to the back area where my pulses were taken by the shop owner, more questions asked (yep!  Libido still at zero!) then I was given a weeks worth of herbal formulas for $12 cdn plus some fresh ginger.  Ah, that’s better!

Herbal powder, herb balls and fresh ginger. $12 cdn.

Ok, lesson learned.  I don’t have depression.  I have a mixture of symptoms that I need to heal.  Thanks Mr. Sau, Mr Vu and the really nice man at the herbal shop!

What I Ate This Week

Eating this way has been KEY to coming off my medications.  The fruit is allowing my lymph system to cleanse and detox the meds from my system.  I have a strong knowing that I could not have stopped my medications without first opening my toxin drainage system.

Here was my week of exactly what I ate.  (It is not specified, but I drank a lot of fresh water as well).  I’ve also included my med doses and any other supplements.

March 15, 2018

25 mg Seroquel (from 75 mg), 20 mg Lexapro

  • Breakfast:  10 passion fruit
  • Snack: 2.5 dragon fruit
  • Lunch:  chocolate, banana, coconut smoothie   (1 & 3/4 cup fresh coconut milk, 10 baby bananas and 2 tbsp cocoa)
  • Snack:  3 guava
  • Dinner: medium size salad (greens, 1/2 roma tomatoes, olive oil and balsamic dressing, 1/2 cup garlic hummous on top) 3/4 cup blended pumpkin soup (fresh cooked pumpkin blended with ginger and coconut milk)
  • Eve:  1/2 cup banana/cocoa/soy milk smoothie

March 16, 2018

25 mg Seroquel (from 75 mg), 20 mg Lexapro

  • Breakfast: 1/2 large papaya
  • Snack:  13 small bananas
  • Late Lunch:  Smoothie (2 small bananas, 1 cup soy milk, 15 almonds, 2 tbsp cocoa)
  • Dinner:  2 fried eggs and 1 cup cooked white rice (I had sore bowels and felt like I needed to halt the cleansing effect with a cooked meal).  Rice is a fast brake.

March 17, 2018

12.5 mg Seroquel (from 75 mg), 20 mg Lexapro

  • Breakfast:  2 dragon fruit
  • Snack:  2 mangoes
  • Lunch:  13 small bananas and 1 fresh coconut
  • Dinner:  3/4 cup cherry tomatoes, 4 slices cucumber, 1 cup cooked white rice, 2 fried eggs, soy sauce

March 18, 2018

12.5 mg Seroquel (from 75 mg), 20 mg Lexapro

  • First thing: 1 fresh coconut
  • Breakfast:  3 dragon fruit
  • Snack:  2 cups blended greens in coconut water
  • Lunch:  10 small bananas
  • Snack:  1 guava and 21 fresh jack fruit segments
  • Dinner:  papaya salad (shredded papaya, shredded onions, 2 tbsp peanuts, yummy fresh dressing, garlic) 4 fresh salad rolls, peanut sauce, 1/2 cup lime water

March 19, 2018

12.5 mg Seroquel (from 75 mg), 20 mg Lexapro

  • Breakfast: 1 pomelo
  • Snack: 2 mango and 2 guava
  • Lunch: 2 spring rolls (had fried inside pieces), rice noodles with cucumber, lettuce and peanut sauce.  4 squares milk free dark chocolate.
  • Snack:  4 bananas and 1 fresh coconut water
  • Dinner:  4.5 guava

March 20, 2018

12.5 mg Seroquel (from 75 mg), 20 mg Lexapro

  • Breakfast:  3.5 mango
  • Snack:  2 avocado with salt
  • Lunch 1: 1 banana (had insane bowel cramping and didn’t want to eat.  I think I was digesting and passing the fried bits of yesterday’s spring rolls.  Poor detox choice? ha ha!)
  • Lunch 2: 1 medium papaya
  • Snack:  banana cocoa smoothie bowl (4 small bananas, small can natural coconut milk, 1 tbsp honey, 2 tbsp cocoa) and 1 banana chopped on top.
  • Dinner:  2 pomelo

Post Workout Blended Greens

I woke up with so much energy this morning!  And I am down to my final last half of my Seroquel dose.  It’s a great day!

With all of my energy, I rode my bike to the gym, did a quick and hard weights workout, then rode home.

I didn’t feel like chewing a salad so I asked Anton to split a coconut for me and pour the coconut water into the blender.  Then I added an avocado, tons of greens and mint, some lime juice, salt and blended it up.

I slurped it back with small pieces of tumeric, the size of pills, dipped in black pepper (to activate the circumin in tumeric).  This will really help me recover with less inflammation.

I wouldn’t say that it was delicious (I prefer juiced greens after exercise) but the nutrition felt right and I’d do it again!

Extra Dental Care When Eating Mostly Fruit

I quickly got to the dentist and had my teeth cleaned. For $2 (cnd).

Kaylie was kind enough to inform me that when we eat a more raw, fruit based diet we need to pay more attention to our dental care.  More fruit means more sugar in our mouths and on our teeth that can cause cavities.

I was advised to add a brushing mid-day, rinse with water after eating fruit, and/or rinse with coconut oil (swish it around the mouth to neutralize acids).

And keeping on top of dental cleanings would be helpful.

Naturally in the wild, animals are always chewing on leaves or bark.  Which makes sense!  But I’m going to pass on the bark and add rinsing and another brushing.  Thanks Kaylie!