The Happy Diet is a four-week, step-by-step guide to a total happier existence available from Amazon from 29th September and written by Tamara Armstrong who has kindly shared her story with me.
“Looking back, there were many things that contributed to the decline of my mental health. At 14 and what is probably the most pivotal age with regards to development, I was sexually assaulted and because of how it happened I felt I had to keep it a secret.
I also had never met my biological father and having an absent parent often makes a child feel as though they did something wrong or were not good enough. Team those things together and you had one very hurt, angry and depressed little girl.
For years I battled my darkness on my own and it just existed silently in my mind. I am now a mother of 4 amazing children and it was shortly after the birth of my first son (12 years ago) and death of my brother that I finally sought help. I had never touched hard drugs but had always smoked cannabis because it helped to quieten my thoughts. However, it got to a point when it was no longer quietening them and something had to give.
So I started to see a drugs counsellor and after seeing him for about 8 months I finally hit rock bottom. Things were so bad, I didn’t want to exist anymore and I was on the verge of ending it all.
I called my counsellor the day I was going to kill myself and told him I wanted him to help me get care for my son and asked him to call child services. I think he knew what I was going to do and he asked me to go in and see him straight away.
That’s when he gave me the book that saved my life. He handed me a small book called ‘The Secret’ and begged me to read it. I went home and that night I sat on the floor of my bedsit kitchen and read the book cover to cover. The book changed EVERYTHING and in 4 hours my life was suddenly very different. I realised that we are the creators of our life and that we are the ones who have control over it. I realised I had caused all my own problems and as hard as that was to swallow, I had finally found hope because I knew that if I had caused it I could just as easily change it. From that moment everything was different. Something just clicked. I knew I couldn’t change the past but I felt powerful knowing I could change the future. I had spent so many years being angry and not living that I now wanted to know everything about being happy and living with love and purpose.
10 years on from being on the most immense personal growth journey, I felt it was time to start helping others by sharing what I had learned. I didn’t want the pain I went through to be pointless, I wanted to use my knowledge and experience to help inspire others and give them hope. My book the Happy Diet is EVERYTHING I have learnt over the last 10 years that actually keeps you happy and sane.
Doctors are very quick to put us on medication that might not be needed if we all had the right tools to begin with. The book is like a giant tool box and even though it’s called ‘The Happy Diet’, it’s about a lot more than just food; it’s a way of living that will genuinely help people feel better mentally, physically and spiritually. Eating clean, meditation, yoga, gratitude, social media restrictions and television bans are just some of the wisdom I share in this book. People wonder why it is so cheap but as a single parent who has suffered mentally and never had much money, I know a lot of the people that need my book can’t afford it which is why I kept the price low-everyone deserves to be happy regardless of financial status.”
The Happy Diet
I am going to try out the book and report back because I like what Tamara has to say about the Happy Diet.
“I’ve discovered that finding true happiness doesn’t mean you have to crush your current life and rebuild it from the ground up, but instead make some simple shifts to a more mindful and active routine,” explains Armstrong. “The book walks readers through a host of incredibly easy changes to diet and perception, as well as some amazing mindfulness exercises and an exploration of “going vegan”. Everyone deserves to be happy, and this book is their blueprint.”
The Happy Diet’ £3.99 is available on Amazon from 29th September: http://goo.gl/FaP9Jv