I think depression is far more common than we’re willing to admit publicly, to each other.
I’ve had depression. Maybe you have had it, too. And if not, maybe you will. You probably will.
Why? Because there is certain amount inescapable suffering that we’ll all experience in our lives. Events that simply cannot be avoided. And for that reason, we’re intrinsically set-up to experience depression at some point, however light or heavy it sits on the spectrum.
I have a problem. Let me explain.
Changing over to a plant-based diet from a S.A.D. diet automatically brings challenges with it. These are obstacles that simply come prepackaged with the switch. I’ve found that most of the obstacles are mechanical, and the remaining ones are psychological. Mechanical challenges can be addressed with good habits. Easy.
The psychological challenges are more like mental mud-wrestling.
And I'm not very good at mental-mud wrestling.
Consider, for a moment, the idea of installing a solar power system for your home. Maybe you’ve thought about installing it. Or at least it’s caught your attention. There seem to be benefits to installing one, right?
There are many benefits. Solar power systems for your home serve as a hedge against ever increasing utility rates. The bills are forever rising. A residential solar power system is a type of protection against continually rising electricity bills - they provide very low-cost power and put you more clearly in control.
I've come to believe that plant-based diets offer a very similar proposition.
I like coffee. Probably just as much as you do. I enjoy the alertness it brings, and the conversation it can fuel with my friends.
The downside is that coffee also makes me nervous. It’s a fine line, but once I cross my threshold, I start to get jittery and a little tight in the chest. Low-level anxiety looms on the horizon.
Luckily, I've found a couple of really nice alternatives to round out my toolkit.
I had elevated, firm expectations when I wanted to change my diet over to a plant-based program. It was go big or go home. My motivations were sky-high and I was determined to be fully, 100% plant-based, right away. I m' not sure if you can believe this, but, surprise surprise, it didn’t work out that way.