I think my body was trying to run on full-force the past week. My goals were to get through the prep of another trip, following our vacation… and just survive.
How much can I fit into one weekend?
A home school conference, and research for 2 children starting high school in a few short months.
Squeeze in a last minute family portrait session with a mad-talented friend who I attribute to God using to reset my health-course and helped to save our family.
A Christ-centered wedding and reception – probably one of the richest events my kids have gotten to witness. (more on that in a minute)
Add in running to the store each day, planning meals, trying to be one step ahead of what we were doing, and a cat on its death bed at home…
I knew I was beat last night… when we arrived home, dinner-less and I just wanted to crawl into bed. I went ahead and threw some veggies (Cabbage, carrots, celery and radishes) in a pot with olive oil and salami, cut up pears for a side and called it good.
It’s a good thing I did that. They gobbled it all up.
Oh wait. I made bacon too.
Bacon makes everything better.
Well. Not everything. Since I can’t tolerate pork, or the sugar that it’s often included in it.
Still, I had a nibble last night. First time in … over 6 months I’m sure? (and when I say nibble, I mean the last section of my pinky-sized nibble.)
So I wake up this morning…. way after everyone does today, and I feel like I’m moving slowly.
Maybe I’m just tired.
Only everything hurts, and it feels too familiar.
I get the kids their supplements, start some laundry and curl back into fetal position on the couch.
By 10 am the mountains of laundry are making me feel a bit sick, so I wonder if it’s just the fact that we did so much this weekend… or that I really shouldn’t have eaten that bacon nibble.
Maybe it’s the stress, and the lack of rest.
Maybe it’s the fact I feel a bit depressed every time I leave Iowa and my heart aches for family, and fellowship and feeling of “home”.
I don’t know… but I feel horrid. Like I could sleep the week away…
It’s a good thing I have lots of children who need me, and that isn’t an option. Right?
Just. Keep. Moving.
Ok, back to that wedding…
The vows the couple wrote to each other included him promising to the spiritual leader of the family, and hers included her promise of submitting to his leadership. That’s the first time I’ve heard that spoken – in vows, but it was beautiful… and simple, and perfect. The reception was food, slide shows and cake cutting… for which they had cupcakes. Very cute. Other than “their first dance”, there was no dancing. Later it made sense… no dancing, no alcohol… just a celebration of their lives joining as one, thankfulness for their strong family bonds, and fellowship.
I asked my kids what they took away from that.
“I don’t want dancing at my wedding,” D2 said. “I don’t like the idea of everyone staring at me.” She is SO her mother.
“I noticed they got along with their siblings, they really loved their family,” D1 gave his input. This brought up some other good discussion… and made me very encouraged for how we raise our family.
“I want cupcakes at my wedding,” said D7…. “Only not poisonous ones!” Since we sat right next to the cake table, my husband said we totally should have brought literature on inflammation and grains. Hah.
Only one woman was brave enough to ask why we weren’t eating the cupcakes, so she got a lesson in alternative options for disease. 🙂 We brought the kids chocolate and fruit strips as a treat.
All in all, I think the message they also received was the importance of choosing a spouse who loves the Lord, and desires to follow Him, and that made it worth it for us to miss soccer championships for our 6 of our 8 soccer players.
An eternal life-lesson is worth more than soccer, any day.
I’m going to continue pushing fluids and taking it easy today. It’s definitely the most frustrating part of auto immune disease… that you can’t push your body like you used to (not that you should every anyway!).
It’s probably another blessing in disguise that God gives me as a reminder I need Him, and for that – I am grateful.
Keeping me humble. Healthy for Him.
Oh, and here is a great video of a “chuck box” idea – to tote the things you need while traveling and feeding your family while avoiding eating out. We travel similarly, and it’s such a help! 🙂 Enjoy!
The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
According to the American diet, I was eating healthy when I got sick. I was working out 5-7 times a week. I had been feeling great.
So why did I get sick?
Great question, and I have the answer I had to come to terms with.
It wasn’t an overnight process… it was years of toxins and gut issues bogging down my system – storing up and disrupting my cells. Undiagnosed celiac for years and at least 5 years of MS symptoms were under the radar – caused by WHAT?
There was a time that I didn’t eat well, nor pay attention to my toxin load. I drank a 32 oz of pop a day for several years and slept 4-5 hours a night. I ate lots of sugary treats, drank skim milk and ate out often consuming junky oils and MSG. Even when I was eating healthy, I was eating things that weren’t feeding my body the nutrients it so desperately needed and my body wasn’t able to absorb any of it anyway. I was clueless really
How must I eat now?
Night and day difference.
My husband said last night, “Honey you basically have to eat like you’re fighting off cancer, for the rest of your life.”
He’s exactly right.
The choice is health, or sickness for me. There is really no choice to get to the root of the problems. Food is my medicine.
The one thing people with auto immune disease, cancer and autism have in common is a lack of ability to get rid of toxins easily. They hold onto them and they produce about 50% less glutathione that a normal person. Glutathione is what your body makes to help rid your body of toxins. The amount your body makes, decreases with age. With the up swing of toxins in our lives today – in the environment, foods, sprays, cleaners, vaccinations, etc. – it’s not a wonder we have so many diseases on the rise in the country despite the “best health care” in the world.
Once a person realizes they have an auto immune disease, or cancer – they should be flooding their body with nutrition – for the remainder of their lives.
They should never go back to the way things were. Short term satisfaction will come at a price I’m not willing to pay.
Unfortunately, the “treatments” offered in disease care, focus on getting you back to your “normal” life as quickly as possible, not how you got there in there first place.
That’s WHY you can’t go back to your old ways of living, because of your body’s predisposition to malfunction in the way it did – and it will happen again and again if you continue doing what you were doing before. It just pops up somewhere else.
So what changes have I had to make to my diet?
It’s easier to tell people what I can eat, than what I can’t. I can have most veggies, and some fruit – and so far pastured eggs – I can tolerate. I can eat organic/grass-fed meats, but limited. I can eat and drink coconut milk and water. That’s it.
No sugar, no coffee/tea, no chocolate, no yeast, no dairy, no gluten, no seeds, no soy, no nuts, no nightshades…. you get the point.
We are all dying, from the day we are born on earth. I don’t wish to add any more days to my life, than God has ordained, that’s not why I do this.
HOW I choose to live those days – is very important to me because I can see how it relates to my health.
The things I don’t eat – cause problems for me either digestively, or with chronic inflammation – systemically. (Either in my eyes or my hips/legs/feet, and they induce cramping such as MS “hugs” which can take my breath away.)
Eating things that make me sick – continues to destroy my body, and it’s something I’m acutely aware of. Even a trace amount of gluten makes me very ill digestively and neurologically, so it’s not a chance I’m willing to take by eating out any more.
It is the myelin sheath that is harmed – or rebuilt, depending on what I eat. Cell and nerve regeneration – is possible… it’s just a slower process, and I’m fine with that.
I find encouragement in others who also used FOOD to be well. Dr. Terry Wahl’s essentially went on a Paleo diet, including 9 cups of vegetables a day. (That means she juiced as well as ate veggies to get that many servings in). She was able to also eat nuts, nightshades and seeds… to reversed her secondary progressive MS.
Technically, if I read her book and attempted HER way of doing things. I’d still be having symptoms, and wondering why? It’s a very healthy way of eating, after all. But it comes down to this – her way was “close” – but God designed me differently.
I basically eat the way Gerson Therapy suggests, with less juice. I try to have 2-3 glasses of juice a day, and just flood my body with nutrients and detox my body as much as possible through various methods. ** I do eat limited animal protein because I notice I feel really poorly with adrenal fatigue when I don’t.
I think that’s why the Gerson Therapy, or Auto Immune Protocol diet works SO well in reversing disease and symptoms. It’s because once you eliminate any potential food issues – you can really begin to see the things that are causing you issues, and it takes such a great toxin load off of your system.
Next week I begin getting my amalgam fillings out. I’m confident this will just be one more step in the right direction for me, and I look forward to the opportunity to do this. I’ve heard lots of good things, especially searching on MS patients who saw great improvements after realizing mercury poisoning was a contributor to their MS. I see it as just one more toxin I need to detox from – to be healthy for Him.
Thank you God, for the gift of food.
“Then God said, ‘I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.’ “
Oh the things we retain from college! My public relations professor was unforgettable in so many ways. His personality, his quirks… this sayings!
He was always encouraging us to write with the K.I.S.S. method – keep it simple stupid! Which essentially made it easy to really keep the MOST important news at the forefront of any standout press release. (although, we don’t say the “s” word at this house!)
I’ve used this method when home schooling my children. Some times, as adults – we just make things VERY complicated.
I’m totally guilty.
Obviously when you’ve learned something well, and it makes complete sense to you – you expect it to be easy for others also. But most often, it’s not.
We all learn so differently – and our 8 children, from the two same parents, are a great testimony of God’s diverse plan in originality.
Because of all of the change our diets, we do spend a quite a bit of time reviewing just what is going on in our bodies – and why what is happening to mommy, we DON’T want to happen to them. We want our children to have a solid understanding of just what food is and what it’s for, and what CAN happen!
Early on my children were teaching ME just how easy it was to go without food and goodies that we once thought were necessary, earned or expected!
After recently watching this fabulous video on how gluten effects EVERYONE, and how it triggers auto immune disease in HLA-genotypes specifically – my girls were discussing a few points and then drew the above picture.
“Why do people keep cutting off the top of the plant and covering up their symptoms with drugs?” they asked. “Don’t they realize you have to dig out the WHOLE root to remove the problem at the source?”
I told them I think most people don’t realize that all disease begins in the gut – because most doctors don’t understand nutrition themselves. Many don’t focus on natural ways to keep toxins out of your body. They treat symptoms – with drugs – that have other side effects, many unknown.
However my kids cut to the chase and said they think it’s more about money and treating symptoms vs. truly making someone well. They said it seems like the drug companies want people to keep treating symptoms, and worsening their health for job security – vs. the easier change of diet. I would hate to assume that. My assumption is easier for me to accept and retain hope for our healthcare system.
My husband’s toe and psoriasis skin issues are a fabulous example of what is going on IN your body that you often can’t see. Most people keep treating the rashes, or unsightly fungus with topical treatments, or in the case of his toe nail issues – a high power drug that could have damaged his liver or kidneys. (after a one month round several years ago – he no longer took it, and of course it came right back – thankfully that drug was pulled off the market relatively quickly. Some people aren’t so blessed – and have lasting consequences from these drugs, including death!)
My husband has been gluten-free and mostly dairy-free for 10 months, and his toe has grown out almost perfectly within that time! His body no longer is fighting this chronic poison of gluten damaging his gut and slowly breaking down his body until something major finally shows up. Once we eliminated the main problem – it’s amazing that the goes back to healing itself – as it was intended.
Please. If you have issues with thyroid, depression, cancer, auto immune disease, asthma, chronic inflammation, sinusitus, allergies – do you struggle with fatigue or migraine headaches? Have trouble with brain fog? Do you not absorb vitamins? Are you iron, potassium or magnesium deficient? Do you have a hormone imbalance, rashes or light sensitivity? Trouble losing weight or getting pregnant? The list goes on and on and on – but you have signs in your genetics that gluten IS a problem and it’s possibly destroying your body. There is no reason to have a celiac diagnosis to remove it from diet. There are so many foods God made that you can enjoy – and regain your health and your life before it’s too late!
Rip out the problem at the ROOT system!
Personally – my favorite part of the video above, is the fact that our bodies should be viewed as a bagel. The inside “hole” of the bagel is still the outside. Our digestive system IS the outside of our body – and the food and drinks we put in should NOT pass to the inside of our body’s system. When they do – that is what creates havoc! Spend the 20 minutes watching it – you’ll be glad you did. The last 5 minutes is the best!
“For I am the Lord your God
who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
I will help you.”
When I say systemic pain… I bet those of you with it – know exactly what I’m talking about.
People like my husband, who didn’t have pain like that… wondered just what type of pain I was having, and he wanted to understand it better.
“Is it similar to being chilled to the bone?” he asked.
“Not quite…,” I said.
I tried my best to explain, that it’s not always the same… but there are similar issues with it, and certain triggers make it worse – leaving me curled up in fetal position or asleep in bed.
The two I know (for sure) that worsen things – are sunlight and cold. But some days, I wake up thinking… “what in the world did I do or eat yesterday? or the day before?”
USUALLY, the systemic pain precedes a day or evening of inflammation – although the inflammation is in my joints, the pain radiates through my body – into my muscles and bones and brings along a friend – frontal lobe headaches.
I’m certain it’s different for everyone, as we are all designed differently – but for me, it reminds me of the radiating pain you can feel in labor when you’re in transition, only it isn’t focused on your uterus and back only. Similarly, it drains your energy, and makes you feel like you’re going to throw up as the flare worsens. Often times it starts in my upper back and shoulders or behind my eyes… so I feel this sensation in my throat, as if I could throw up because I just hurt everywhere and I can’t function. There really hadn’t been anything “like this” for me before – except labor or perhaps a migraine, but it’s worse than that. In labor, you at least have a relatively slow term goal, and a GRAND prize at the end! Not so much, with auto immune disease… as most are told this must be treated with medicine as it continues to worsen for life…
Because this pain was combined with my fatigue from my hypothyroidism issues, it was difficult to separate what was going on. Add in the chronic gut inflammation – and things have been a tangled mess. No wonder each “specialist” couldn’t figure out what was going on… especially when I’m missing that all important, “biopsy confirmed celiac diagnosis.” (please)
Overall, with the change in my diet and supplements, I’ve not had “as much” of this all at once. However, I recently visited the chiropractor and got adjusted – which might have released some tension, and build up, causing some of the systemic inflammation to be released into my system. I’m on day 4 since my adjustment, and today was a much better day.
So what do I do for the pain? I try to avoid taking anything unless I’m really struggling… and after I’ve tried all of the usual helps. Warmth, quiet, green tea… and then I turn to 2 Aleve. Some days it helps – and some days it can’t touch it. Since my diet change, and added supplements these “bad days”, are MUCH fewer. I no longer feel like “this is my life” forever. Praise God.
I go to the naturopath to review all of my test results from December, and I’m SO excited! I can’t wait to see what more progress we can make. I even signed up for a vitamin IV!
I read some reports on vitamin IVs being a fad in Hollywood, and medical professionals tried to say that they weren’t beneficial, “Unless you had gut issues that didn’t allow your body to absorb vitamins, since they are best absorbed through you gut.” BINGO. With auto immune disease being on the rise – should we really be surprised this is gaining in popularity? Several studies have shown that IV treatment filled with vitamin C has benefited cancer patients GREATLY throughout treatment or for their treatment, depending on the stage of the cancer.
I can’t wait! Oh wait… I already said that. But really… I can’t!!!
Healing your gut might take some time – and obviously I’d never consume gluten or dairy again – but praise God for true healing of my body from the damage that has been done over the years – thanks to celiac disease. Holistic medicine is a huge blessing, and God made our bodies to HEAL.
“And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus… Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Bob Harper’s online group has really saved me from giving up on my workouts this last year.
Keeping it fresh with workout plans, and videos for “Living Fit” (one on one session examples) and “TEAM BOB” group workouts. Always great explanations, and usually 15-30 workouts. The library stays on there, so you can access them whenever you’re feeling like something fresh. Personally, I love it. There are also recipes, message boards, and tons of great insight and encouragement. I don’t utilize half of what it entails – it’s worth the investment to me.
One of the recent ones I loved was a 10 to 1 workout. You need a set of weights, a kettle bell and a mat if you have one. The moves were:
Renegade Rows (push up with a weight pull)
Kettle Bell Swings (American style – all the way up)
Broad Jumps (mat length)
You do exactly what it sounds like – after a warm up, you start by doing each exercise 10 times, then 9, then 8, etc. So following 10 thrusters, you do 10 renegade rows, and so on… until you’re doing 1 of each rep, and have a cool down. It reminds me of a chipper – but something a little different for the W.O.D. (workout of the day). He has always been incorporating warm-ups of a half mile or mile. I have just been running in place while watching a quick show, or catching up on some news briefly – you really CAN run anywhere. No excuses!
I worked out 6 days in a row this week, that hasn’t happened in a while.
I even did a longer (hour-long) workout from Bob that I haven’t tried in a few months. I felt pretty good about that, and praised God for the progress He is making in my health. The multiskeletal pain is so much less, it’s insane. I feel like the “bleeding” as far as that is concerned, has stopped from increasing out of control.
I know it’s stress, and mineral/vitamin/food related – but I can tell you taking out those inflammatory foods that were wrecking havoc – due to leaky gut – makes me wonder how many people have mega fibro/chronic fatigue/auto immune issues with symptoms from various foods doing the same thing!!
I know – I wouldn’t have believed it either – until I experienced it…
“And wherever He came, in villages, cities or countryside,
they laid the sick in the marketplaces and implored Him
that they might touch even the fringe of His garment.
And as many as touched it were made well.”