247: Plant-Based for Positive Change
with Adam Sud
Adam Sud, aka "Plant Based Addict" recovered from a devastating addiction to drugs. He was over-weight, tired and hopeless. He felt that change was nearly impossible, yet, when he began aligning his actions with his beliefs, he began to see hope.
Adam lost a significant amount of weight and as a result, saw many of his health problems disappear as well.
Over the last few years, Adam has been dedicating his time to helping others not only recover from addiction, but also, heal themselves physically and mentally.
Adam is the founder of the non-profit, Plant-Based for Positive Change; which focuses on the impact of plant-based nutrition and it's relationship to addiction recovery, mental health, and physical health recovery. The program seeks to gain a greater understanding of how food is related to self-love, self-care and our connection to the self and the world.
Plant-Based for Positive Change:
More about Plant-Based for Positive Change (from the website):
OUR MISSION IS TO ADVANCE THE UNDERSTANDING AND IMPACT OF PLANT BASED NUTRITION ON ADDICTION RECOVERY, MENTAL HEALTH, AND PHYSICAL HEALTH RECOVERY. WE SEEK TO GAIN A GREATER UNDERSTANDING OF HOW FOOD IS RELATED TO SELF-LOVE, SELF-COMPASSION, AND OUR CONNECTION TO THE SELF AND THE WORLD.
PLANT-BASED FOR POSITIVE CHANGE IS A 501(C)3 NON-PROFIT CORPORATION DEDICATED TO THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENTIFIC AND MEDICAL STUDY, EDUCATION, AND USE OF THE IMPACTS OF PLANT-BASED DIETARY STRATEGIES ON ADDICTION, MENTAL HEALTH AND PHYSICAL HEALTH. BASED ON ITS FOUNDER, ADAM SUD’S PERSONAL EXPERIENCE WITH PLANT-BASED NUTRITION IN PHYSICAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION RECOVERY, THE COMPANY’S FOCUS IS TO STUDY AND TO ADVANCE THE USE OF SUCH STRATEGIES IN THE AREA OF ADDICTION RECOVERY, PHYSICAL, AND MENTAL HEALTH.
The INFINITE Study
The INFINITE Study is a groundbreaking research study exploring the effects of implementing a nutrient-dense diet and nutrition education in early addiction recovery.
We have partnered with an addiction recovery facility in Austin, TX, where participants will undergo a 10 week intervention through both inpatient and outpatient settings, and then complete follow-up assessments up through one year.
We are exploring the effects of a low-fat, whole-food, plant-based diet on physical health, mental health, and resilience in addiction recovery.
The study is scheduled to begin December 2019 and continue through December 2021.
To date, there has never been a study testing the effects of a dietary intervention on addiction recovery outcomes.
The findings from prior research studies show that :
(1) In general, addiction treatment centers that include nutrition services have enhanced recovery outcomes;
(2) Providing healthy meals and teaching nutrition education in addiction treatment centers can be effective in improving dietary behaviors, body mass index, and waist circumference; and
(3) Food plays an important role in the course of recovery and can benefit or hinder the recovery process based on the context, and this role changes over time.
Using these previous studies as a foundation, we are expanding upon the existing literature by building in more complex research questions regarding the role of nutrition in addiction recovery.
Not only has a study never explored the potential association between nutrition and resilience in recovery, but no study has ever used a plant-based diet, which we anticipate will promote enhanced physical and mental health outcomes due to its high nutrient-density.
The findings of this study will provide new insights for the field of addiction recovery, and for the relationship between nutrition and mental health.
We plan to not only publish the data in peer-reviewed journals and present at national conferences, but also to work with other addiction recovery centers to implement similar protocols.
The information gathered in this study will not only apply to addiction recovery, but to mental health in general and the universal process of building resilience.