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Adam Sud: Healing anxiety, depression, and addiction with a plant-based diet

Adam Sud: Healing anxiety, depression, and addiction with a plant-based diet

If someone told you that their addiction was an act of self-care, what would you say? 

Would you believe them – accepting that they need their addiction to keep going, or would you see an opportunity for change? 

In a world where we see more of someone’s highlight reel than their struggles, it’s hard for us to see all the nuances that come with addiction and poor mental health. And all the options available in the process of recovery…like plant based nutrition, for example. 

In the latest episode of The Darin Olien Show, I sit down with Adam Sud to discover his transformative struggle with depression, anxiety, and addiction to being able to help others on their path to recovery. The importance of recognizing that our instincts are not failing us; rather, they are responding to an environment for which they were not designed. And the role nutrition plays in emotional wellness, highlighting the often overlooked connection between mental health issues like depression and anxiety with our physical health.

Adam Sud is a wellness and nutrition expert, speaker, and CEO of Plant Based for Positive Change. He researches nutrition’s role in disease reversal, mental health and addiction, and has applied his expertise in treatment centers using plant-based nutrition as a tool for strengthening recovery and relapse prevention.

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What we discuss… 

(05:53) – Addiction as misguided self care and the burden of depression 

(18:44) – Surviving the pain of personal crisis and finding purpose out the other side 

(23:32) – Self-experimentation and the transformational power of plant-based recovery 

(32:10) – How nutrition can aid in addiction recovery and have significant impact on your mental health

(49:36) – Understanding the impact of modern food on our physiology (& what to do about it) 

(01:01:51) – Building meaningful connections to foster resilience and help your mental health 

(01:13:41) – How reorganizing your priorities, values, and environment can transform your life choices


…and more!

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  • Irene West
    Posted at 06:14h, 01 March

    Adam Sud’s explanation of addiction is valuable in that it takes the shame away openning the way for acceptance to the situation. I wanted to read the book he commented on “Lost Contacts”? Would you please tell me the author’s name and if that is the correct title? Thanks, Irene

  • Heather
    Posted at 03:58h, 05 March

    Awesome podcast learned so much will listen again next week to remind myself of all the useful knowledge. Thanks, H