I have written and spoken a lot about the positive changes in my weight and health that I've seen since going whole food, plant-based over four years ago. And the changes are considerable. I've lost 150 pounds. I've gotten off of three prescription medications that my doctor had told me I would be on for the rest of my life. I've seen other complications, like an enlarged prostate, heartburn, acid reflux, toenail fungus and more all vanish completely. And I attribute all of that to this new way of eating.In fact, I believe that had I not changed, I could easily be dead right now.
All of that is very factual and is supported by numbers and by physical changes. But there's another area that I believe has also been affected, but it's much less tangible and harder to say factually. In fact, all I can do is tell you how I feel or what I've observed. And that is in the areas of intelligence, reasoning and mood.
Saying that might sound a little arrogant, but I'm not saying that I'm the most intelligent person out there or even more intelligent than the average person. Nor am I saying that I can reason better than anyone else. But what I am saying is that I have observed noticeable improvements in those three areas since going whole food, plant-based.
I'm currently 70 years old, just a few months away from turning 71. As I grew older, up until maybe a year or two ago, I noticed more difficulty in thinking. When there were complicated things that needed to be figured out, I would often shy away from them. It would just seem too complicated for me to think about. If it was something that needed to be done, I would ask somebody else for help or I would hire somebody.
But in the last year and a half, I would say, I have started to notice a real reversal in that. Today, if something complicated arises, I not only don't shy away from it, but I find it to be an interesting problem that I want to figure out. I no longer feel overwhelmed by complicated situations.
Mood and a sense of well being is another area where I've noticed improvement. While I think much of that too is food related, it is possible that meditation and yoga have played a part in that too. But today I am much more accepting of situations than I would have been in the past. And I feel much more contented with who I am than I was in the past.
There have been studies that back all of this up. One of the first ones I had heard about was a prison warden in California who placed inmates on a vegan diet and violence in that particular prison went down considerably. Also, recidivism after release went down significantly. Watch a video about this here.
Dr. Joel Fuhrman in his new book, Fast Food Genocide also writes about this. In fact, he goes back through history and shows how diet has affected major events in our country like the formation of the white supremacy movement and the passing and implementation of the Jim Crow laws. While it's not provable that food had something to do with it, the evidence as presented by Dr. Fuhrman is convincing.
I believe that based on observations of what I've seen with myself in my own life that food along with exercise, meditation or prayer, yoga or tai chi or qi qong, and sufficient sleep can make a difference in a person's behavior, mood, feeling of well being and their intelligence. And studies are starting to back that up. It turns out that what's good for the body is also good for the brain and for our minds and sense of well being. That's a nice side effect from trying to staying healthy and eating right.