Health is Wealth

I want to preface this post by saying I am not a medical professional and I can’t guarantee the same results for anyone else. I wanted to share our personal experience and what has helped our household through some hard times in terms of health.

My fiancee, Sam has battled with gastroesophageal reflux disease since he was 8 years old. By the time we met in 2016, he was having pretty bad stomach pains and frequent hospital visits at least once a month if not more. It pained me to see him in such discomfort and not know what I could do to help him. He was otherwise a healthy young guy who was active and in good shape. We tried to break down the triggers of what caused him to get so sick but weren’t able to pin point it. He avoided the the foods he knew to not be good for him but yet and still, he was waking up sick most mornings. I lost count over how many times I’d find him curled up in a fetal position on the floor, unable to stand up because of the severe pain he was in.

I began my own research on acid reflux. To be honest, I had no experience with reflux. I had been vegan at that point for about 4 years and wondered if adopting a plant based diet would help. I came across a few instances of people saying an alkaline vegan diet had helped with their severe reflux. It couldn’t hurt to try I thought. Anything was better than the pain Sam was constantly in at this point. It had gotten to a point where it was affecting his work and our everyday life.

After another sad episode of constant vomiting and severe weakness, I suggested the diet and shared with him the research I had gathered. He saw how him being ill was affecting me because I was unable to offer any comfort and he said he was willing to try anything at that point.

Sam has Southern roots stemming back to his parents and he enjoyed food. He wondered how he was going to “survive” without meat. It wasn’t the smoothest transition mentally or physically. He would say he didn’t feel full at first. He craved cheese, amongst other foods he was conditioned to eat and we slowly made more and more adjustments to what he was consuming. He had some extra work to do that he wasn’t used to, reading labels and no longer being able to easily order delivery from his favorite restaurants. There was even times he wanted to revert back to his original diet out of sheer frustration. We started to notice the changed in his health as he was getting less and less stomach pain.

Fast forward, 2 years in and Sam is thriving on a plant based diet. We no longer worry about him missing out on everyday life due to Gastroesophagel Reflux Disease, aka acid reflux.

As we embark on this new year and a lot of us are going strong on new years resolutions, I wanted to encourage this one thing: Let’s not get stuck in the saying “but I’ve always done it this way.”

We are so conditioned to doing things a certain way even when they no longer work for us. Let’s be more open to adapting to change especially if it’s for our betterment and our healths. As a Pakistani, I grew up on carb heavy and oily foods and of course I missed it at times but I wanted to have control of my health. Adopting a plant based diet wasn’t the obvious choice for me. If you had told me I’d give up meat and dairy one day, I would’ve laughed in your face. For me personally, it changed my life. I had more energy and my workouts were on a whole another level.

Changing what we’ve known our entire lives isn’t easy by any means but choosing ourselves first and foremost should always be the easy choice. This goes hand in hand with making the best health choices.

If what you’ve been doing hasn’t been working and/or you struggle with issues like Sam did, I encourage you to seek out alternatives. You don’t have to go vegan but find options that will help you to meet your desired outcome and allow you to live your best life. 

As far as we know, we get one chance at this life so why not make the most of it? Wishing you love on your wellness journey. I’ll be rooting for you! ♡