I know first-hand how a whole foods, plant-based diet can impact physical health. I’ve seen the drastic changes in my body over the course of the last few years. Losing over 65 pounds and reclaiming my health can do that to a person. However, something occasionally overlooked when we discuss the benefits of this lifestyle is how it can positively impact the part of us that no one else can see or experience – our mental well-being.
Some of the most significant health conditions that keep us down are psychological. Depression and anxiety are just two of many diseases that function on a continuum (or spectrum). They range from a relatively normal state (after all, everyone should feel anxiety and depression from time to time) to serious health conditions that can have significantly negative repercussions. As is often advised by good medical doctors, nutritionists, and your average person with some common sense, a healthy diet can greatly impact both the mind and body for the better.