Medical Disclaimer: This podcast is not a replacement for professional medical advice. I am NOT a Doctor. These are hope stories, they are NOT prescriptions, and every person's body, environment, lifestyle, etc... is different, so please, please, please seek medical advice and get a second or even third opinion preferably from a doctor who has been schooled in the benefits of a plant based diet. In a nutshell: See A Doctor. xx Corinne
Episode 8 is here and this week I interviewed the lovely Dr Ash Nayate about the brain, mental health, changing habits and going vegan.
Some of the fascinating topics we covered included:
What IS Neuropsychology?
Are we choosing how we live our lives, or are we simply living on 'autopilot'?
How taking control of our habits (living on autopilot), is the key to taking control of our lives.
The steps to breaking free of autopilot:
What is your WHY? Why do you want to make the change?
Busting the motivation myth:
'You can't get motivated you have to ignite the fire within.
Keep revisiting your why.
To keep moving forward, try to add more depth to your why. For instance, if you're going vegan for your health, try looking deeper into the environmental and animal rights issues to help you to continue to 'ignite that fire within'.
Dr Ash discusses facing the resistance of friends and loved ones.
Tip: Everyone is frightened of Change. Rather than ramming veganism down people's throats (I've definitely been guilty of this on numerous occasions), live the vegan life. Thrive as a vegan and once people can see the changes in you, they will be more open to thinking about going vegan for themselves.
Dr Ash talks about the improvements she has noticed since transitioning to veganism:
- Less sickness
- Better and deeper sleep
- Recovery from exercise was better
- Concentration improved, no longer needed coffee
- Digestion improved
- Flatter stomach
- Muscle recovery better
- Fewer injuries
- Skin improved
- Has increased muscle size and improved body composition
- Less congested/decreased snoring
What Dr Ash eats as a vegan.
How To Go Vegan Tips From Dr Ash:
1. Start with the easiest thing - what would bother you the least? Do all of those things, such as swapping milk for plant milk, or swap chicken nuggets, for vegan nuggets. If you think you could go vegan except for cheese, get rid of everything except the cheese!
2. Focus on the foods that you're already eating that are already vegan - bring more of those into your life such as fruit, indian curries, falafel and hummus.
3. Don't be a PERFECTIONIST. If you fall off the wagon, or you make a mistake, etc... don't just give up on the whole thing, 'experience the disappointment and keep going'. Feel the discomfort, and be kind to yourself.
4. Remember the power of MOMENTUM. Give yourself TIME eating this way and living this way so you can slowly notice the changes to your health and life and as you get more and more experienced with this way of eating, you become more comfortable and it becomes less and less difficult.
5. Altruism is one of the most powerful way to improve our mental health. Knowing that we are saving the lives of animals each day can really help to benefit the way we feel about ourselves as people.
Following on from altruism, when we change our diet, we also improve our gut bacteria, which helps to reduce inflammation in our bodies and our brains, in turn improving our mental health.
Dr Ash can be found @ social media handle: