One month ago I posted about switching to an all vegetarian diet
My pure juice fast lasted only about a week, but I avoided all refined sugar, caffeine, red meat, chocolate, as well as most fat, dairy & junk/pre-packaged/fast food for about a month. I was really hoping this regimen would reduce the daily migraine symptoms. While it did not relive them much as I hoped-there was another, unexpected side effect. I all but got rid of a crushing depression I’d recently been struggling with. My acne prone skin cleared up and previously aggravating PMS symptoms were suddenly minimized. I don’t really need scientific data to show me these things are related.
Since I ate as much as I wanted to of whole, raw, unprocessed, organic food I never felt deprived. Once the initial sugar and caffeine withdrawals passed I felt fine (At first it was hard. I cried-several times) I also succumbed to a few random cravings like drinking a pint of whole cream and eating a half pound of raw cashews…Mostly I was just relieved that the whole reward factor surrounding food was eliminated. Eating became the right nourishment at the right time of day, and enjoying the meal as much as possible. The physical labor involved with transportation, shopping, storage, preparation, cooking, consumption and cleanup of all perishable items was a challenge. At the end of the month I put seafood back on the menu-which I love and feel much better eating.
So recently, I’ve been making allowances; potato chips, cereal, and ice-cream here, chicken, sausages, and chocolate there, and notice my mood plummeting immediately after or even the next day. Because of this, I’m again making a real effort to embrace whole, raw, natural unprocessed stuff while avoiding the rest. Its not always as satisfying to my sugar loving tastebuds to make a salad when I can down a bag of m&ms; but why should I give a flying f*ck about m&m’s if i am less medicated, less moody & overall more stable???? During this trying time, its one more thing I have a choice about. I am convinced this is the key to feeling better while living with chronic daily pain symptoms.
I am FINALLY fucking learning something.