The Plant Based Diet

Food For Thought…

I started a plant based diet in November of 2015 and it changed my life.  There’s a lot to consider when thinking about making the switch to a plant-based diet and my goal with this site is to help inform people who are doing it or considering it.  I had spent years taking medications for a mental health condition I never had, the medications made things much worse but I kept taking them because that’s what you’re supposed to do.  In January of 2016 I got something similar to the flu and was out of work for almost 2 weeks.  During that time I was so nauseated and sick I simply forgot to take my medications.  As I started to feel better I realized I wasn’t just feeling better physically I was feeling better mentally.  I decided that, with the agreement of my physiatrist, I would try not taking any medications and see how things went.  I haven’t taken mental health medications since.

In 2015 I had developed what’s known as Drug Induced Parkinsonism, I had a non-specific neuro-muscular dysfunction of my throat muscles, I was a mess.  I started eating a plant-based diet and within 2 months my entire life had begun to change for the better.  I couldn’t believe it.  I was mentally ill because I was so physically ill.  Blood tests would later show I was low on B-12 and my red blood cells had enlarged beyond the point of being normal.  I was deficient in vitamin A and low in vitamin D as well.  I had a digestive problem known as Superior Mesenteric Artery Syndrome.  I needed all the nutrient dense foods I could get.

Something to keep in mind is that a plant-based diet is not the same as a vegan diet.  People may confuse the two but a plant based diet is simply a diet that is based largely on plants.  This would include Vegetarianism and even those that eat small amounts of meat on a regular basis.  It simply means minimizing the amount of meat in your diet so that it’s not the staple of your diet.