Staying Healthy on a Vegan (Dr. Sebi) Diet!
I've always loved and craved red meat... Every since I was a young child my favorite food was steak... particularly filet mignon cooked medium rare. So naturally going on a vegan diet would seem foreign to me... and perhaps even a bit of a punishment. Yet, I've attempted being on a strictly vegan diet a few times over the past several years. I've done it for health reasons and for spiritual reasons... and simply because I love a good challenge! The first time I went vegan I was eating mostly processed frozen vegan foods (vegan junk food basically). This continued for approximately one year until I finally ended up eating a bison burger as my reward! It was delicious and I didn't feel nauseated at all! (Some vegans complain of stomach upset when attempting to eat meat again.)
The next time I went on a vegan diet I was eating much healthier. I had stopped eating processed frozen foods and decided to be on a strictly raw vegan diet, thus processed foods were completely eliminated (with the exception of a few processed raw vegan foods). After a few weeks I was feeling quite euphoric and somehow I ended up writing an entire spiritual poetry book which seemed to just come to me out of the blue... Yes, the poetry book I am speaking of is "A Lover in the Land of Hell", and this blog would not exist right now were it not for this poetry book having been created. So the raw vegan diet was incredibly positive!
But then things started going down hill... Something went very wrong with the raw vegan diet! I started taking a synthetic B vitamin and ended up going B12 deficient! I didn't realize at the time that this synthetic B vitamin was the problem... until I met with a very expensive integrative doctor in Santa Monica and discovered that I had the MTHFR gene mutation! People with this mutation cannot absorb synthetic B12 or folic acid! Wow! What a bummer! But also, what an incredible lesson! I finally ended my raw vegan diet with a bang... Another bison burger! It was delicious but oh, was my stomach messed up! Very bad idea!
I tried another completely liquid vegan diet which was great until my menstrual cycle completely disappeared! Then I became worried that I was going through menopause. Thank goodness I started menstruating again after I began eating solid food. So maybe being on liquids for 52 days wasn't the wisest of decisions? But it was a great challenge!
Now I am 100% vegan again, but ofcourse I had to take it to the next level... and make it extra challenging... I am now following Dr. Sebi's Nutritional Guild, along with a low fodmap sibo diet, a Taoist diet and a Traditional Chinese Medicine cooling herbs diet. I used to think that following the Dr. Sebi diet would be tricky enough, but I had to go the extra mile this time! So the choices of foods have become quite slim. There's only a few things I will allow myself to eat. I've been 100% vegan for 6 weeks now and 100% Dr. Sebi diet for 4 weeks now (I know... not that long! lol). Interestingly I am really enjoying the diet and I feel really good (except for that bout of deadly bronchitis that I just defeated! Oy! What was that all about?)
Actually the bronchitis I experienced was so bad that it made me wonder if I was even doing this diet correctly. Then it dawned on me... I may have been missing out on some necessary nutrients. I suppose that's why many vegans end up failing. One very common concern about vegan diets is whether or not they provide one's body with all the vitamins and minerals it needs. Specifically a vegan diet can be low in B12, Vitamin D, Long chain Omega 3's, Iron, Calcium, Zinc, Selenium, K2 and Iodine. On the Dr. Sebi diet getting enough protein may pose a concern as well.
So this is what I invested in...
Surthrival: Black Walnut Protein Powder, Wild-Foraged, Ethically-Harvested, 17g Protein, USA Sourced, Vegan, Paleo, Gluten-Free, 1lb (and Omega 3's)
Brazil Nut Protein Powder, Premium, Raw Power Brand (16 oz) (and selenium)
For whole food organic B vitamins:
Peak Performance Raw Whole Food Vegan B Complex Supplement. Best B-Complex with Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9 and B12. Vitamins 90 Capsules. Energy Boost
For a whole food organic multi-vitamin:
Organixx Multi-Vita-Maxx Whole Food Multivitamin Vegan Fermented Vitamin Supplement with Organic Fruits and Veggies, Digestive Health and Immune Support, Maximum Bioavailability, 90 Gel Capsules
Dr. Christopher's Original Formulas - Herbal Iron Formula 450 Mg. - 100 Vegetarian Capsules (all cooling herbs in TCM)
Irish Sea Moss and kelp also contain iodine!
Whole Earth & Sea from Natural Factors, Vitamin D3 5000 IU (125 mcg), Whole Food Supplement, Vegan, 60 Capsules (60 Servings)
For Omega 3:
Premium Vegan Omega-3 Supplement. Fish Oil Alternative! Plant Based DHA & EPA Algae Oil. 120 Carrageenan Free Softgels. Marine Algal Essential Fatty Acids. Heart, Skin, Brain, Eye, Immune Care.
Thorne Zinc Picolinate 15mg - Highly Absorbable Zinc Supplement - Supports Wellness, Immune System, Eye, Skin, and Reproductive Health - Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Dairy-Free - 60 Capsules
and colloidal zinc (and colloidal copper)
Lugol's 15% Iodine and Irish seamoss powder and kelp powder
Irish Sea Moss contains calcium! I am eating lot's of kale and garbanzo beans which contain calcium!
I'm also taking E3AFA which provides more than 65 vitamins, minerals, amino acids and essential fatty acids in trace amounts!
So far so good! Let's see if I'll need to add anything to this list? (Hope not!)... To be continued...
UPDATE! I also decided to add a K2 supplement:
Sports Research Vitamin K2 as MK7 with Organic Coconut Oil | Made with MenaQ7 from Fermented Chickpea | Non-GMO Verified, Vegan Certified (60 Veggie-Softgels)
Jennie H is a Reiki Master Energy Healer, Co-Founder of Self Saviorz Society California Non-Profit 501(c)(3), Poet, Author and Entertainer with goals to help raise the vibration and consciousness of humanity!