My Journey from Sickness to Wellness – Why I now have a Plant-based Diet
by Joanne Roles.
Until several years ago, the concept of a plant-based, or vegetarian diet was considered “alternative” by most people, mainly due to “experts” advising against it. Recently, the “vegan” movement has exploded across the internet, with millions of people joining a scheme to try a vegan diet for 30 days.
What is the difference between “vegetarian” and “vegan”?
Many non-western people know the benefits of a plant-based diet. In our western world, the word “vegetarian” was coined by the founders of the British Vegetarian Society in 1842 and comes from the Latin word vegetus, meaning “whole, sound, fresh, or lively,” as in vegetus – “a mentally and physically vigorous person”. The original meaning of the word implies a balanced philosophical and moral sense of life, a lot more than eating a plant-based diet.
The word “vegan” was originally derived from vegetarian in 1944 when Elsie Shrigley and Donald Watson, frustrated that the term “vegetarianism” had come to include the eating of dairy products, founded the UK Vegan Society.
The original meanings had to do with improving human health and well-being, and both words were about removing all animal products (meats, dairy, eggs, gelatine etc) from the human diet to achieve that.
Over the past few years, animal “liberationists” have done a good job exposing the mistreatment of animals involved with the production of food and other products for human consumption and use, such as leather and honey, with the result that today, the meaning of Vegan appears to be changing from its original meaning.
The animal liberation movement is primarily concerned about the welfare of animals, and appears to downplay the human health benefits. There appears to be little comprehension that their version of “vegan” foods may contain harmful chemicals and additives such as sugar (and sugar substitutes), gluten, and flavourings in commercially-produced animal-free foods, or about the impact of micro-waving plant-based foods.
This can be clearly seen in the offerings from many new vegan cafes, restaurants and shops, and discussions about “veganism” on many websites and particularly, on social media.
So why would people consider a plant-based diet?
For me, it was my own health issues at the time. I am naturally inquisitive and in my research, I found that commercially produced human foods which most impacted me, contained many chemicals. This included supermarket items, meats and soft drinks (soda-pop). I began to eat more fruits and vegetables, reduced my intake of chemically-laden products, and my health began to improve.
I discovered that all disease thrives in an acidic human body, but cannot live in an alkaline human body. I discovered that almost all plant foods for human consumption were alkaline (a few are not), and all animal products produced for human consumption were not only highly acidic, but many were loaded with chemicals such as preservatives, colouration, and farm chemicals.
I discovered that all animal, bird and fish flesh are a lower vibration (energy) than human vibration. As well, I learned that all meats no matter what the source, turn putrid in the human intestinal system, and eventually cause problems. That is why we have such an epidemic of gut health problems like I had, in the western world today. I reduced my intake of acidic foods, steamed my vegetables instead of micro-waving them, and my health continued to improve.
The last to go were sugars, eggs, dairy products and certain bakery items I loved. A friend introduced me to Miessence Probiotics, my immune system went into overdrive, and I stopped getting “sick” from the headaches, nausea, colds, flu’s, lack of energy, gut-health issues and more. No more illness or sickness!
Next, I discovered the taste and health benefits of 100% pure water. I have my own reverse-osmosis filtration system, which produces about 10 litres or 2.5 gallons per hour. The filter membrane is 0.0001 microns, there are absolutely no chemicals or minerals in the water, and an ultra-violet light kills any remaining bacteria or viruses. I feel alive and vibrant, and my well-being is getting better all the time.
Minerals? I get mine from Sea-Salt and vegetables. I learned that Sea Salt crystals has 84 organic minerals, in a consistent ratio and proportion. From a blood-scientist, I learned that healthy human blood has 84 organic minerals in it, all in the same ratio and proportion. What a co-incidence! My minerals are all now well-balanced.
Then, I discovered the “key” to great health and well-being. It’s all in the Mind. I learned that (for example), an “acidic mind” craved acidic foods – meats, dairy, gluten and sugar in particular! I discovered that when I became judgemental or emotional about something, I was drawn to certain acidic foods. What I thought, believed and felt was affecting my body. As the result of learning to listen to my body (aches pains injuries etc), I was able to let go of the thoughts and emotions that were impacting me through my taste buds. I am still working on this and I know I’m on the right track.
When I stopped being judgemental, I no longer wanted the acidic foods I was craving. What a revelation! I began to take meditation more seriously than I had, and I started to relax a lot more, letting go of stored emotions. And now, with my immune system in top gear, I rarely get sick or ill any more – from anything.
There are many opinions on the internet about the impact of various diets on human health. I discovered that almost all “diets” threw the human body out of balance, did not address the real reason the diet was started, and the above paragraphs show the reason most diets are discontinued. I know that from personal experience.
I have been mostly vegetarian for the past 8 years, and now almost vegan. I supplement ONLY with the Miessence Superfoods, and I love my Certified-Organic Leatherwood honey in my herbal tea (no bees were harmed or mis-treated).
Being brought up on a dairy farm, I had my own “pets” – horses, cows, lambs, dogs, calves, pigs and wildlife, and learned to love and respect our animals. We treated all our animals in a humane and respectful way. However, my love and caring for animals had little to do with me becoming vegetarian or vegan, it was for my own health, although I do support those exposing inhumane treatment of animals.
My partner has been vegetarian, then 99+% vegan for almost 20 years, with no supplements other than the Miessence Superfoods. He is fitter, looks younger and is certainly more healthy than most people I have met of his age. He has had his body tested on several bio-feedback systems, and has been told from the results, that he has the strongest immune system of anyone they have tested, and he does not have any mineral or protein imbalances.
I am convinced. Please consider.