Aiming high and a look back

It’s been four weeks since I began the Vegan Experiment. Make that four and a half! It has been an adventure and I’m learning a ton. You may remember that I’m in the Vegan Experiment for the health benefits. My hat’s off to you folks who are vegan for ethical/moral reasons. My motives are a tad more selfish, and I salute you. I have been battling neurological symptoms for over a year that look like Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Lyme disease, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, or a host of other things. It’s been a real battle, bordering on health crisis, that has propelled me to make some drastic changes.

There ya go…that’s my motivation. To find out a natural solution to feel better. To feel good again. So here goes….some lessons I’m learning in the Vegan Experiment.

1. I feel empowered making good choices on a regular basis. Notice that I said regular basis. That means I have digressed from the plan a handful of times. No perfection here. Although I have gotten off of the plan, I also jump right back on and move forward. YEA!!! This isn’t my typical M.O. My past M.O. is to feel like a failure and indulge accordingly. My new M.O.? Progress, not perfection.

2. No more medication for depression & I haven’t had any adverse effects. Yea!!!!! I was on antidepressants for over a year & was pretty apprehensive about getting off of them. My neurologist suggested a slow tapering off and I’m thrilled! I would’ve stayed on them as long as necessary, but I’m glad to take a prescription out of the equation if it wasn’t harmful.

3. Blogging is just a whole lot of fun! It’s by far my favorite aspect of experimenting with a plant-based diet. I love taking pictures, I love reflecting and writing, and it’s a great way to help stay on track.

4. I signed up for a 10k in March. This is a HUGE goal, because my symptoms have made me almost sedentary, and I’ve just picked up light exercise again in the past month. (Month? Hmmmmmm…..that seems to coincide with four weeks of a plant-based diet!) I miss running and love to have fitness goals.

Can't wait to train for 10k!

Can’t wait to train for 10k!      photo: runner.com

5. My diet is focused on anti-inflammatory foods, which means vegan and gluten-free. That’s pretty challenging at times. However, I’ve noticed that eggs and wheat products make my symptoms flare up. Good motivation to stick to the good stuff!

I’m pretty excited about the new year and looking forward to making strides forward. It’s gonna be good!

What are your goals for 2013?

P.S. I’m not a doctor or health care professional; I’m just a regular layperson who is sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. So if you’re on medication prescribed by your doc, don’t do anything foolish and stop abruptly without talking with them about it. That can cause you physical problems and we want you to feel better.

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Aiming high and a look back

  1. Yes! This is EXACTLY what I talk about in my laws to happiness! I to have went vegan and everything is so much better. :D Kudos to you for looking for a nutritional way out. A lot of people never even try, but you did. I got a nutrition section in my laws of happiness and will be covering stuff just like this. I’ll be covering what we should be cooking with, storing food without plastics, water filtration and much much more.

    You do know that there’s supplements you may have to take being a vegan, right? There’s things vegetables don’t supply that meat does. Mainly vitamin b12.

    Also, I really need to know. Has this vegan way of life improved your physical symptoms as well as you mental status? If so, I would like to often refer to your blog in my articles as proof that nutrition can improve people’s lives and possibly avoid meds!

    • I’m not ready for a testimonial concerning a plant-based diet and my physical symptoms yet. I’m hoping that will happen soon, though! So far I feel that the anti-inflammatory way of eating (no gluten, eggs, dairy, or sugar) has been the most beneficial for my symptoms. I am optimistic and will keep on going, and maybe one day soon I’ll feel great as a result of a vegan lifestyle. :)

      • It all good. :) I noticed your screen name has coffee in it. I’ve read and experienced it myself that some people have caffeine allergies. Side effects can be as bad as schizophrenia and as mild as lethargy and inability to focus. Caffeine is very toxic to the body. If you do ingest caffeine, try to steer clear of it and you will soar higher. :)

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