it’s 2018…where does the time go. I swear was just a few years ago that there was all the bacchanal about computers switching from 1999 to 2000. It’s 18 years later and life is moving right along. A lot of people make New Year’s resolutions at the start of a new year. Me? I kinda hold my breath and wonder “what does this disease have in store for me?” Don’t get me wrong, I know that I can actually have that thought on a daily basis, but instead of dwelling on it daily, I choose to think about it annually. Will I be able to do all the things I did the year before without an issue? New symptoms? Side effects? Ugh! Anyway, it’s a new year so off we go.
I have an adopted aunt who always shares “wellness” videos and other tidbits with me all in the spirit of “what can we do to get rid of this disease”. She shared one around the end of last year and after watching it, I decided to take a plunge. I would have never thought that I would ever hear these words coming from my mouth but “I’ve decided to follow a plant based diet and give up meat”. In fact, it’s meat, dairy and all fish (except tuna for right now…I absolutely love tuna and I’m not ready to take that plunge yet). I haven’t eaten any kinda meat since January 3 and honestly, I don’t miss it or crave it. Of course, it’s only been 3 weeks (I’m re-reading this now and remembered that I’ve done this before – for Lent)…check me in 3 months and I might be a stark, staring mad woman. i tried a diet change a couple years ago but that time I was practically eating vegetables, meats and nuts. I had to give up sugars – ALL sugars, processed and natural. That lasted a few months but I eventually started back eating fruit – I really really craved fruit. I hardly eat any processed foods – in fact, my apartment is not a fun one to be at because the only snacks I have are nuts and fruit. That’s it. So processed sugars wasn’t an issue, but natural? that didn’t work.
before you say anything, I know that alcohol is not a natural sugar but we eh having that conversation because alcohol not going anywhere.
The idea behind the diet change is that the disease causing parasites live in our gut and the root of all disease is the state of our gut health. The state of our gut is determined by what we consume and eating a plant based diet is the most natural way to go. Our meats are injected with antibiotics, the animals are stuffed in cages, injected with unnecessary hormones and forced to live in deplorable conditions…but oh a leg of lamb or a sweet curry goat – mmmmhmmmm. I digress! Everything consumed by those animals is then consumed by us and all the extra, unnecessary chemicals and toxins are perfect breeding grounds for the bad parasites living in our bodies that eventually flip our systems on its head and lead to disease. The doctors (no disrespect to them) prescribe drugs that essentially slap a bandaid on an issue because the drugs may not necessarily “heal” the issue, they mostly just “mask” it while causing a myriad of other things – think about all the drugs we take and all of their side effects. Often times the root cause of whatever issue is not addressed.
I’m willing to try it, I have nothing to lose…actually I might lose some pounds so how is that not a good thing??? no meat, no dairy, no fish.
* will the MS be healed? probably not – maybe I’m embarking on this journey on a negative note already and I should change my attitude
* will my symptoms go away? who knows
* will I notice any improvements? that is yet to be seen
In other news. Why why why did I make the decision not to go home for carnival this year??? sigh…it’s in two weeks and people will start leaving soon . My saltiness has already started but this time I have no one to blame but myself.