If you were to ask me how many times I tried to die by suicide, the truth is more times than I can count. I went from being a happy person all my life (with no empathy or understanding for those with low moods) to a severely depressed soul, filled with high anxiety, bipolar mood swings, constant stress, and the only way I could have some relief was to self-inflict pain onto myself or plan my next suicide attempt. Every time I would attempt, a miraculous or bizarre event would take place and stopped me from being able to fulfill this epidemic we all know today as suicide. I saw doctors, psychiatrists, hospitals, and crisis teams for years. At times I felt the constant meds they were prescribing me were helping until I ultimately became a version of myself that no one recognized anymore. I was living my life in a way that was an abomination to who I used to be and how I was raised.
I came to a point in my life where I began hallucinating; hearing voices, seeing horrific spirits I can never again unsee. I was admitted to the hospital where I was prescribed new drugs and told I had brain poisoning. At that moment I realized that prescription medication had nothing to offer me anymore and I began researching everything I could to heal my depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and high-stress levels.
The answers I found were simple but incredible! I found that our bodies and our mind have the capacity to heal themselves with the proper nutrition and correct mindset. I turned to food and nature as medicine by meditating, practicing mindfulness, using ancient herbs and oils, and eating a whole-food, plant-based diet. Within a month I was off of all my medications and was starting to feel like myself again.
After 9 years of being on medications, and finally having a clear mind, I ran into a problem that my clouded judgment was not able to see before. While I was consumed and wrapped up in with my own problems, I failed to realize that there are so many others just like me with the same story. A story where a miraculous or bizarre event did not take place and someone lost their life to suicide. From the epitome of this thought is how 40-Sec was born. An ordinary person who overcame the horrible cards that were dealt, and used it for good to help others who are in that same desperate spot, looking for anything to numb the sadness of depression, to ease the storms of anxiety or simply just to hear the words "you're not alone" or "you will get to the light at the end of the tunnel", and "let me help you the way I helped me".
40-Sec believes that by creating the right environment for yourself and proper nutrition, you have a better chance at ultimately overcoming and healing a mental health condition faster than any medication or drug can. So with the proceeds of every sale (that comes from the handcrafted products I make for anxiety, depression, insomnia, and stress), I provide plant-based, whole-food groceries to anyone who wants to try the healing power with food as medicine. If you are struggling with any kind of mental health illness, please reach out to us, we would love to bless you with a few meals to start you on your road to recovery that is easy to prepare for you and your family and so very tasty.