My life changed in 2008 when I suffered a gran mal seizure with no health problems or abnormalities. It has been a long journey of suffering and hardships for both myself and my family. Going down the road of incompetent neurologists that only threw medications at my seizure disorder and dismissing my approach of medicating with cannabis and diet. Finally after 3 1\2 years of suffering and frustrations, I found a wonderful neurologist who respected the approach I wanted to take and we now work together as a team.
The road to recovery and seizure control truly began when I changed my lifestyle. I lived the typical American life of eating out, consuming too much sugar (soft drinks, candy), processed foods and very sedative life. My husband is the one who has led me down this road. He was obese weighing 350 lbs and heavily medicated on antidepressants and benzos . Then there was me, heavily medicated on anti-epileptics and benzos, losing weight and getting depressed. We watched documentaries such as Forks over Knives, Engine 2, Food Matters, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead and many more. It inspired us so much, we said "F*** this, we want our lives back. It's time to change or we will slowly die and won't be around to enjoy our daughters and future grandchildren." So we did. We started juicing and eating plant-based. My husband lost 160+ lbs, stopped having back problems and is medication free. I came off most of my medications and am now on two meds at very low dosage. I gained back healthy weight (107 lbs being 5'1) and regained motivation for life.
Becoming plant-based literally saved and changed our lives. What I've learned these past 3 years being plant-based, is that we can take control of our health and mental well-being. For those that suffer with epilepsy just know there is hope and you can get your life back and take control. You don't have to necessarily embrace a plant-based lifestyle, but limit consumption of meat, dairy, processed foods and refined sugars. What we eat and put in our bodies is 90% diet and 10% exercise to be healthy. These percentages are not accurate but are somewhere in this range. Take control, educate yourself and enjoy life on a whole different level. Going plant-based doesn’t mean you have to be “perfect” all the time, however I encourage everybody to make this choice and to do the best they can.