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Under the Influence

posted Sep 30, 2013, 8:35 PM by Elaine Busby

I am a big advocate for being very careful of what you put into yourself. Whether it is food or thoughts, I believe the positive or negative effects of either can affect your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.

I am also a big believer in synchronicity – that people and places come into your life at the right time and place.

OK - you can call me gullible.

Or - willing to change.

So recently, I sat down at a banquet next to someone I did not know. The first thing I noticed was that I had a plate full of food, and he had an empty plate. As a fellow diner, I wanted to know why. The dinner looked yummy: fried chicken, mashed potatoes with bacon, beans with bacon and a nice salad with…you guessed it! Bacon.

Turns out this person was vegan. I put on my reporter hat and inquired what had prompted his decision. The answer was arthritis. His defining moment had been the movie, “Forks over Knives”, which touted a plant based diet as the answer to many of our modern day ailments. His suffering had been significantly reduced by through following a vegan diet.

Funny, but I had been suffering from arthritis in my dominant hand pinky finger, it was moving into my ring finger and I’ve had tendinitis in my right elbow for over a year.

Being easily under the influence of people who have a good story backed up by hard hitting documentaries, I am now trying the vegan lifestyle for at least two weeks.

Garbage in, garbage out?

More on my next blog…