Seed Founder Regains Health on a Plant-Based Diet
About a year into a relationship with my now-wife (and Seed co-founder), Michelle, I got sick. Really sick. All of a sudden I couldn’t use my arm or my leg; it was terrifying.
Eventually I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Standard treatment was Methotrexate, which is essentially a lighter dose of chemotherapy. I got weekly injections and steroids, and it took them forever to get it under control. Over the course of two years it got worse and worse, to the point where I lost the use of my knee.
I knew I’d done this to myself. I didn’t take care of my body, I didn’t eat right, I never stopped working. And losing my knee was the result. I ended up on crutches and then in a wheelchair, which was horrible. I managed to convince the doctors to give me a total knee replacement, and recovering from that was extremely harrowing.
I was lucky that we have a lot of friends who are knowledgeable about alternative medicine and holistic therapies. They encouraged me to seek different paths to wellness, and while I love my rheumatologist, I was eager to look into ways I could further help myself to heal.
I went and met with a nutritionist, a Chinese herbalist and an acupuncturist. They gave me physical therapy, weekly acupuncture and put me on a 90-day vegan cleanse. Initially I would take a mixture of herbs, fruits and vegetables and like a quarter cup of nuts and a quarter cup of brown rice.
For somebody who struggled with food addiction and overeating my entire life, it was really a change.
But, amazingly, my SED rate (inflammation rate) dropped from 89 to 20 -- putting me completely in remission, which was amazing!
That's really where our plant-based journey started, when I saw what it could do. I was weaned off the Methotrexate, which has serious side effects. And I felt better than ever.
It was during my 90-day vegan cleanse that Michelle and I went to the South Beach Wine and Food Festival (SOBEWFF) -- an event we'd always loved. This time, however, I couldn't eat anything. And Michelle said -- 'There needs to be something sexy like this for vegans. A vegan burger bash. Why can't that happen?' And the idea for Seed was born. I'm an event planner by trade, so we jumped in and made it happen.
Four years later, I can honestly say that going plant-based changed my entire life. And now I'm dedicated to sharing the power -- and enjoyment! -- of this lifestyle with others.