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Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

The End of Suffering

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Someone recently asked me, “Why are you so passionate about healthy living? What is it that motivates you to stick with it when it would be so much easier to just live ‘normally’?”

Great question!

Honestly? It’s suffering. Suffering and pain is what has kept me motivated and on the path all of these years. My “past life”, the life I lived before I found this healthier way of living, was painful.  Whether it be physical pain from sciatica, digestive distress, allergies, frequent colds & flu or emotional pain from feelings of fear, depression and anxiety – it was a painful existence.

 

 

 

Went I first started on this path over 6 years ago, I turned to a 100% raw food diet and everything was a buzz. I felt truly inspired in every moment and as a result, truly inspiring things came to me effortlessly! I felt bright-eyed & bushy tailed! Finding and implementing raw food was the biggest transformation I have ever experienced, the ultimate high! The ultimate shift; like the earth moved, the clouds parted, and the sun finally started shining after a brutally long Midwestern winter (those of you from the Midwest can appreciate this)!

For most of my college life I bounced in and out of depression. I couldn’t figure out who I was or what I was meant to do. I didn’t value myself and had pretty low self-esteem which I masked with a bigger-than-life, tough as nails persona. After college, I gradually started coming into my own and realizing what it means to truly be healthy. When I started implementing more raw foods into my diet, BAM!!! The light switch went on! I could focus! My self-esteem skyrocketed and I felt like I finally had the answers within myself that I had been struggling to find for so many years. Unfortunately after 2 years on a 100% raw food diet, this wasn’t a lifestyle I could keep up with anymore.

Raw foods are amazing but for me 100% raw was not the Holy Grail. There is SO much more to health and happiness then just eating raw foods.  Raw foods got me ‘in the door’ so to speak, and I still eat a TON of raw fruits and veg on a daily basis but it was too restrictive for me. These days I don’t adhere to any strict labels or dogma.  I’m not a raw foodist, nor a vegetarian or vegan. I focus on what really works. Nutrition to invigorate my mind, body & spirit –oh yeah!  My diet consists primarily of lots of raw and cooked veggies, fruit, some animal products, wine and chocolate too! And guess what?! I am happier, healthier & look and feel the best I ever have!

In my life I’ve done it all from junk food, fast food & lots of partying to raw foods, super-foods, vegan, vegetarian, macrobiotic and even a 65 Day Juice Fast…so when I say “I’ve done it all”, honey, I really have done it all!

I’m human, I’ve made lots of mistakes along the way but my mistakes have actually been my biggest blessing. I had to go through all the mud and the muck so that I now know, WITHOUT A DOUBT, what really works!

The answer for me wasn’t necessarily about raw foods,  it was about finding balance.

I went from one extreme (junk food & partying) to the other (raw foods & being a hermit). Don’t get me wrong, I found great benefits with raw foods but I was still out of balance. I was doing it for the wrong reasons, just trading one extreme for another.

I needed to find the balance of being a fun, outgoing person that likes to socialize and have a few (or a lot of) cocktails on occasion and the super serious me who feels wise beyond her years and knows there is a higher vibration to tap into. The me that knows how simply amazing it is to wake up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, the joy in making and eating only the best foods ever, the incredible rush of endorphins from exercise, and the sweet peaceful bliss of deep sleep…

It’s a balancing act.

The key is doing that which makes us truly happy. That is the only way to flow in harmony with spirit/inspiration/God/Universe that we are always a part of! It’s so easy to focus on the negative, to do what everyone else does, to eat what everyone else eats, to feel like everyone feels. But in the end, I know what it’s like to feel amazing. I mean truly, out of your skin, giggle for no reason, every day is the best day ever, AMAZING!!! Now that I know, nothing else will do. Nothing but the best. If I want nothing but the best, if I want to feel amazing, then I must focus on the amazing – on the BEST! And THAT is what keeps me motivated!

Thank you so much for all of your inspiring comments and questions! I love hearing from each and every one of you!  If you like this blog be sure to share with your friends on facebook/twitter etc. by clicking the heart-shaped buttons below and be sure to “Like” my Facebook Fan Page for more tips and inspiration daily!

If you’re interested in learning more through personal coaching, please shoot me an email at linda@lindawagner.net. I’d love to work with you!

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10 Responses to “The End of Suffering”

  1. katie August 12, 2011 at 8:36 pm #

    When I read your words it is like reading myu own story. I too struggled with depression in college and have bounced back and forth between extremes. I love your thoughts on the importance of balance-I am starting to realize this is what is best for me too! Thanks so much for your blog, you are an inspiration!!! : )

    • Linda August 17, 2011 at 10:00 am #

      Thank you Katie, so glad that this story resonated with you!! xo

  2. Cal February 10, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

    Thank you so much for posting this story. I am a new reader & have been navigating through all of your links here when I found this. Thanks to Pinterest {that crazy addicting place} I found my way here & don’t plan on leaving any time soon! Not only does your story of extremes hit a soft spot with me but it also teaches me that balance is possible! I’m on the road to balance right now & with that comes struggle, so thank you so much for all of these inspiring posts {& yummy recipes} to keep me going! Also, the links & quotes you share are the best. It’s funny how life tends to come together when you focus enough on certain things. Keep on keepin’ on, miss!

  3. Kibby February 22, 2012 at 10:13 pm #

    Linda, of course I am reading all your articles when I have time and when I read this – I thought it was me, my life story, my extremes with the food, and then coming full circle to finding balance with life, food, relationships. Wow – we’re really more alike than I thought. That’s an awesome thing! Isn’t it wonderful to be FREE!? I know you wrote this almost a year ago, but I totally relate. You are AMAZING!

  4. Daniella April 23, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

    Wow. This is so wonderful to hear! What an amazing story. I can relate to many of the things you wrote here, I only hope I can make some of the same changes!

    • Linda April 24, 2012 at 7:29 pm #

      Daniella, if I can do it, so can you!! xo

  5. Mary Beth May 10, 2012 at 8:40 pm #

    Bless your heart! I wish I could just give you a big hug because I went through all the same sh*t! My college years were full of insecurities and trying to figure out who the hell I was while trying to live off of diet soda and popcorn – OH how my life has changed. Then I tried a vegan diet, followed by an exclusively raw food diet, and finally the clouds parted and the hallelujah chorus chimed in as I picked up “Raw Food: Life Force Energy” by Natalia Rose at a local bookstore. I wanted to high five the universe after reading the first three pages!!! Not only do I look and feel AWESOME, I’ve become an amazing cook! Healing my relationship with food has healed every other relationship in my life – most importantly, the one with myself. The work you do is so inspiring, keep it up sister!

    • Linda May 14, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

      Awesome Mary Beth!! I think it’s so important for us to share our stories because it helps other to know they are not alone and there is a way out!! I love Natalia and she has been a great mentor to me! So glad to have you here on the site!! xo

  6. Nina October 23, 2012 at 10:30 am #

    Hi Linda,

    As usual I am on the prowl for a new recipe and as always I start with your page
    first 🙂 that’s how I ended up reading your story 🙂
    ..Mistakes we’ve all made a few..and my eating habits sound so like yours..from meat to no meat and fish only..to vegetarian to Blood group diet (which funny enough did work) but I find extremely restrictive at times..

    Now I am giving Linda’s way of life a chance..Lemon – ginger water in the morning -Green juice for breakfast – veg with or without beans – lunch and veg with XYZ for dinner..the occassional glass of red wine 🙂 and 30 min of excercise..at 49 I look better then I have at 29 🙂

    Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us 🙂

    Take care

    And I am smiling all the way 🙂

  7. Yogesh February 16, 2015 at 5:25 am #

    hey linda your post was amazing i have just come of depression that lasted for 2.5 years and i exactly know how it feels how extreme the mind gets and i thought i would never be able to share it but your word that ” i was shifting myself from one extreme to other” made me felt like that my mind was not going crazy . Also I completely agree with you follow your bliss what makes you happy . Really inspiring post thank you