Thursday, January 18, 2007


moss and red paint
Originally uploaded by madabandon.

I have a new regime which I am following in an effort to find "alternative" ways to treat my bipolar depression without medication. Years ago, while summering in Vermont, I followed a macrobiotic diet and quit caffeine, and I felt great. While I attributed my feeling great mostly to the beauty of my surroundings, I can't downplay the effect that my "lifestyle" habits had in keeping my mood stable. So I have resumed a vegan diet--not dogmatically, but generally avoiding all animal products--and have cut way back on my caffeine intake. In two weeks' time I have lost six pounds, have more energy, and I feel generally calmer (and I sleep better at night). I don't want to jump the gun and say that it is all due to what I am eating, but it clearly makes a difference. And for me to lose six pounds is considerable, given that I didn't know I had six pounds to lose. I will see my physician on Monday. I am curious to know what other effects this change has wrought.

But in any event feeling better makes me get better work done, and I don't feel so stressed. I wonder if it is really working, or if this is an example of the "placebo effect." I will let you know as time passes.

1 comment:

lodgerlow said...

I was a vegan for almost 20 years. I do notice a great improvement in my mood when I eat properly. I'd like to return to veganism (I feel that it is the way I am supposed to be). I normally have two vegan meals a day - and meat (fish/turkey/chicken/liver) in the evening. But yes, I too feel better when I eat healthily - but for me the struggle is in the eating healthily.

I'll be interested to hear how you progress with this. May your good results continue.