One of the studies I read that was of the most interest to me, is one that was done with mice who were addicted to cocaine. When given a choice between cocaine and sugar, even though the mice were addicted to cocaine, they chose sugar. Every single time. Sounds to me like sugar is worse than cocaine! Well, guess what? It is! Check out this link to learn more!
I also get a lot of people who believe it’s not possible to live on a plant-based diet without taking massive amounts of supplements, but that’s just not the case. In fact, there is only one item that a true vegan diet is lacking, and that’s Vitamin B12. That’s it! Just one!
So, where does B12 come from, and what exactly does it do? There’s only one natural source of B12, and that’s in meat, fish, and other animal products. So a diet that include none of those will also include no B12, unless you take a supplement. But why would you need to or want to? Well, here’s a list I grabbed from Dr. Axe:
Sounds like an important vitamin to have around! Must be expensive since you have to take a lot, right? Not at all. In fact, the Recommended Daily Allowance is just a few micrograms per day. For the average adult, male or female, over fourteen-years-old, it’s just 2.4 micrograms. For adults over 50, the National Institutes of Health recommend raising that to between 50-100 micrograms, since a lot of the B12 we ingest will get flushed out.
The supplement I purchase, which costs about $12 for a 100 day supply, contains 500 micrograms, so I’m definitely getting enough. But is that too much? That’s like 8333% of the RDA! Aren’t I afraid of an overdose? Not at all! In fact, according to this report on the National Institutes for Health website, “Vitamin B12 has not been shown to cause any harm.” I’ve seen reports where doctors prescribe up to 10 grams daily. That’s 416,666% of the RDA!
Now, as I’ve said before, I’m not a doctor. I’m also not educated in any of the health services professions, so, please, do your own research before you start taking massive doses of any supplement.
To be honest, that’s not the only supplement that I take, it’s just the only one that I absolutely NEED to take. I also take Alfalfa tablets (I’ll discuss the benefits of this supplement next week), Spirulina (I’ll discuss this supplement next month), Pancreatin, and Acidophilus. (I’m not going to do a full blog post about those last two because, well, those are to prevent gas. So far that’s the only drawback I have found for being on a plant-based diet. All that fiber really makes you fart. Like, a lot. ‘Nuff said.)
So, if changing your lifestyle to one that is strictly plant based, sugar-free, wheat- and gluten-free, and eliminating any and all foods that contain even the slightest amount of toxicity, improving your mental, emotional and physical health, AND not having to break the bank to purchase any items you can't get naturally sounds like a bad idea to you, let me ask you this. Why not?
Okay, other than never going out for a steak dinner, why not? There is literally ZERO reason NOT to switch, and THOUSANDS of reasons to switch. The difference between who I was and how I felt before making the change, and who I am now and how I feel most of the time with this new lifestyle is absolutely incredible. Sure, it costs a bit more at the supermarket every week, at least now, but as more and more people make the change, the prices for whole, organic, healthy, plant-based foods can only come down. And, I'm definitely seeing the savings in other areas, like in my medical expenses, for example. I'm not paying for all the prescription medications I used to take. I'm not taking all of the over-the-counter pills I used to take. And I'm certainly not going to the doctors as often, either.
So, do I miss any of the old foods I used to eat? Not at all. I also don't miss the 30+ pounds of extra weight I was carrying, or the mood swings, or the hunger pangs all day. Though, to be honest, I hope there will be a few things I miss - like cancer, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, neurodegenerative disease. Yeah, those things I'm looking forward to missing out on.
If you want to learn more, or just talk about this, reach out! My email and the links to all of my social media accounts (as well as information on my books), is on my primary website, http://www.michaelchrobakauthor.com/
Until next time - Be Well Always!