Has anyone seen the documentary called Forks Over Knives? It's on instant netflix, or it might be available at your local library. It follows several people with severe, life threatening illnesses that were all healed/reversed just by following a whole foods plant based diet.
Though I have a hard time sticking to such a clean diet due to depression and self destructive tendencies, I have been able to do it twice. The first time was a bit over a month with animal products (butter, yogurt, chicken, no red meat or cheese) and second time for three weeks vegan... I gotta tell you, there is a certain inexplicable clarity and calm that occurs when you put into your body whole, natural foods that come straight out of the ground. I'm not saying all issues will disappear but it definitely left me with a much stronger ability to deal with certain emotions that always lead to bad decisions & habits. But like I said, it's hard for me to stick to it (harder than quitting smoking has ever been!
) I love sugar, the taste, the feel, the destruction it causes within my body.
This modern western diet...oh man... it really takes a toll on our bodies to consume such lifeless, poisonous foods. Our bodies require a wonderfully balanced variety of minerals and vitamins to function properly and without them it's no wonder it goes haywire when we don't give it what it needs.
I've tried so many times before and failed to stick to it...it is restrictive but has so many benefits that outweigh that one drawback. But of course there's always that little voice that tells me to jump without thinking that gets me into all sorts of trouble. That's such a huge part of my insecurities and anxieties, when that voice takes control. I suppose it's a matter of training my "rational" side to actually be rational!!!
Alrighty, if you're still with me, thanks for reading such a long (1st!) post. I can't urge you strongly enough to research all of this nutrition stuff for yourself. There are a lot of great books and documentaries out there. Plus it's really easy to see results just by cutting out toxic processed foods and especially sugars - you notice a difference in a couple of days once you've gone through withdrawal. Basically just cut out anything that isn't "alive" or wasn't recently...say the last couple of days
Think of it, when you put legumes in water, they sprout, i.e., still have life force. Make sure to get a b12 supplement if you're going to go vegan!
As hard as we try, scientists can't create what our bodies truly need. Anyway, nature offers us it for free
Two good reads I would recommend:
Nutritional and Physical Degeneration by Weston A. Price (a dentist in the 30's who traveled around the world to study the effect of diet on health...guess what he found?!)
Sugar Blues by William Dufty