I have been following our new way of eating for over a month now. It is interesting to me that during that time, my emotional state has been pretty even keel. I have had very few melt downs, absolutely no incidences of suicidal ideations and very little grouchiness. While I knew going into this that people who eat a plant strong diet have reported much improvement in their mental state, I really did not think that I would have this amount of improvement in this short time.
Could it be a fluke? Sure could be, but I will take any plateau in my issues that I can get!
I the past month, I have eliminated all dairy products, all red meat, chicken and pork, white flour products, all soda and most salt. Our goal is to go 100% non-processed foods. It is a lofty goal, but one that is definitely attainable.
Not only do I feel better mentally, I feel better physically. The foot/ankle I injured in July was really to doing well just a month ago. It is now healing quite well and I have started physcial therapy. I thought another surgery was in my future with a long recovery and it remarkably started doing better 2 weeks after I started this way of eating. I am far less grouchy and less irritable. I have LOADS of energy. My headaches have lessened to only 2 in the last month. I typically have 5 a week on average with a migraine at least once monthly of which I have had none so far. I am sleeping better. It is pretty astounding.
My daughter has lost 6 pounds and is looking good. Her digestive system is definitely clearing out which was the main impetus for giving up dairy. She is struggling with our food choices and I think her OCD plays a big part in that. We are working hard at changing her perceptions. It is getting easier. My youngest son has transitioned to the way of eating miraculously well, although he never really cared for meat. The oldest with FAS loves any food so his transition was easy. My husband is really doing great (and cheats less than I do) and has taken this on with a fervor. He is excited to be healthier.
The hubs disposition is TONS better. I assume this is because I am easier to deal with, but all I think they way he is feeling plays a big part in that too! He has been helpful, pleasant, has way more energy and is sleeping better as well.
All in all, it was a positive change. I hope that the benefits continue to roll in and we see many more changes in our future.