It has been many months, maybe even a few years if I am being totally honest, that I can honestly say I have felt really, really good.
I spent so many days coping, medicating, dieting, striving, that I think I reprogrammed my “normal” and started to believe that this was truly normal. That this was as good as it could get, and that I should be thankful.
But, when I started experiencing some unusual health problems several months ago, including but not limited to, frequent migraines, irritable bowels, skin irritations and facial cysts/ acne, hyper-pigmentation on my skin, weight gain, and other hormonal changes, I decided to take matters into my own hands. After multiple visits to both my GP/MD and my Dermatologist, I made an appointment at Progressive Medical, a clinic here in the Atlanta area that specializes in holistic health care- caring for the whole person. It was honestly, the first time I have felt wholly understood by a doctor. And as she began repeating back my health history to me, it started to all come together.
So,after a litany of tests and meetings with the MD, the Homeopathic Dr, the Chiropractor, and the Nutritionist, a few things were determined. Long story, very short, I have a few autoimmune conditions that include issues with my thyroid, adrenal glands, my female hormones, and my gut. This was not new news to me, autoimmune diseases have been in my family for a number of years. What is important to me, is taking back my health, being educated about my health, and making positive changes for years to come.
As a result, for theses next several months (or maybe even longer), I am trying to treat things both naturally and holistically, drug-free, through supplements, vitamins, and possibly even more important, through my diet.
What I am currently doing…
I am taking A LOT of natural supplements, including but not limited to, Fish Oil, Vitamin D, Vitamin B, Iodine, Magnesium, some natural supplements for adrenal and thyroid support, & Probiotics.
I am drinking A LOT of water and nothing but water… except for my 1 morning coffee I allow myself per day.It is honestly, one of the simple changes you can make that can impact your health and well being the most. Drink half of your body weight in ounces of water, per day. I keep a Double-walled Stainless Steel thermos at my desk and every 2 hours, I go fill it back up!
I am eating dairy-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, & yeast-free. It is a whole food, cleansing and very pure diet. Nothing processed. Nothing from a bag or a box. Basically, if it doesn’t come from the ground or have a mother, I am not eating it.
So, you may ask… What am I eating? I am eating HIGH protein. Chicken, fish, turkey, beef, bison, pork, shrimp, bacon, Canadian bacon, sausage, & eggs. All of that is perfectly permissible and I have a pretty sizable protein portion at every single meal. Leafy greens of all kinds (my favorites are Arugula for salads & Bibb lettuce cups for lettuce wraps & tacos), Green beans, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, snow peas, avocados, broth-based soups, goat or sheep’s cheese, almond butter (with no added salt or sugar), Flax crackers, berries, & apples. I am also limiting the amount of starch that I take in- including corn, sweet potatoes, brown rice, quinoa & other grains, as well as beans. I allow myself 1 serving of starch every other day, but not every day. It’s a treat!
So, in all honesty, this is Week 2 of my Whole Foods Journey and I can honestly say that I have more energy, I sleep more soundly and not as listlessly at night, wake up feeling rested and more refreshed, I am not as bloated as I can sometimes feel, and I feel fuller in between meals and no longer require snacks between meals.
The downsides? Because, you know there are a few when you make this sort of radical change. And I won’t lie to you… IT’S VERY HARD. I have been having headaches- the dull kind that just sort of stays with you all day, and honestly? I think it’s coming off the carbs and sugar and just reprogramming my body to fight those sorts of cravings. And also, I have also been limiting my daily intake of caffeine to just 1 cup of coffee (with steamed almond milk, no sweetener) in the morning and I think my body is calling out for a Coke Zero around 2 pm every afternoon. But, other than that, there haven’t been any other downsides to speak of. Way more positives that negatives.
So, I am going to take you along on this journey and I will commit to sharing my progress with you, delicious recipes that i have made that are whole foods, and are dairy, gluten and sugar free, and I would love for you to share any feedback or tips with me as well!
This has been and will continue to be such an incredible learning experience for me, and I’m happy to take you along for the ride as well!
So, let’s start becoming the best version of ourselves that we can be, shall we?!?