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.
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.