I was a vegetarian in the '90's , then a craving for a hamburger when I was pregnant with my first, changed that. I would love to try veganisim and see how that goes. Currently I am a flexitarian. I do not buy meat or prepare it, love all fruits and vegetables, but only eat meat if I am out somewhere for dinner with a friend and it is prepared for me. I get burned out on it really fast. I don't like turkey, or seafood.
I think it doesn't matter if you are vegetarian or not, what is going to matter is that the less processed food you eat, the better you will feel in general - physical/mental. It is a great idea and works best when you are stable. With the Bipolar, when I am depressed or cycling, I eat a lot more food and it isn't high quality food. Just your standard junk.
Goind vegan or vegetarian is a great idea, just don't go gung-ho changing everything all at once, make small changes, otherwise you are bound to throw your hands up in the air, get overwhelmed and quit.
If you want to continue to eat meat, cut back on how frequently you eat it and make sure it is quality meat. Try incorporating more grains and legumes like beans, quinoa, lentils, barley etc. into your diet..
Dx: Bipolar NOS - mixed, rapid cycling, anxiety disorder
Current Med Cocktail:
Alprazolam .5 PRN, .5 ER first thing each morning.
Propranolol 60mg ER
...just added Depakote and am slowly titrating up on that one. Currently at 500mg. My understanding is that eventually the lithium will be dropped slowly and eliminated, within the next 2 months.