Just one bite....

Jennifer…..

What? I looked up at a complete blank as to what I was saying or doing.

My client prompted me, “you were writing down that website…”

My mind was spinning and I couldn’t remember what I had been about to write down.

I checked my notes and then it popped back into my brain, finally!

I quickly wrote it down on the worksheet I was giving them and then moved to walk them to the door.

The aphasia was getting worse. Everything was getting worse no matter what tried.


That was two years ago. I was in a pretty bad place then, physically and mentally.

My stomach was on fire 24/7, and wearing anything that pressed against my abdomen was excruciating. I had rashes from head to toe, and my memory and recall was beginning to get so bad I was actually worried something really serious was wrong with me.

Well it was something serious, it was another autoimmune disease.

This one came with a symptoms like brain inflammation, so that explained some of the memory issues I was having.

I began a difficult journey with a new set of doctors to help me find some kind of normal again. A big part of that was a complete overhaul to my diet. I had already been on really restrictive diets, so hearing I was going to be losing even more things off of my food list was pretty discouraging. I followed doctors orders. I tend to be pretty compliant when it comes to my health. I want to live my life, not watch it pass me by.


Slowly things got better, I started to feel better.


Even as the world around me fell into chaos, I still improved.


I’ve been on a specialized diet for 20 years due to my numerous food allergies.

Over the years I have been mostly compliant, 85%-90%.

It was always a special occasion that would have me eating something I shouldn’t with a, “you’ve got to live your life”, kind of attitude.

Then I ran across this man on a documentary that had MS and had been successful in controlling the progression of his disease with a strict diet. His big motto was “no cheat days”.


I started to really think about that….. when had I ever been 100% compliant with my allergy foods?

I don’t think I ever had.

Part of me was still angry I was allergic to all this stuff and other people could just eat whatever they want with no consequences. The unfairness of it all was something I hadn’t really accepted yet.

It’s a really long list ya’ll.


I decided to give it 30 days.

The time was going to pass anyway, as my dad is fond of saying, so you may as well get started.


Then something happened…..


Somewhere around day 28 I woke up at 6 o’clock in the morning, wide awake.


Like WIDE AWAKE.


It was like I got a good nights sleep for the first time in 30 years.


I had been going to bed at 8:30pm and dragging myself out of bed at 7:30am feeling like I had just shut my eyes.


I’ve been exhausted since I was a kid.


Later that night when I was getting ready for bed my husband said, “ have you lost weight?”

I said, “maybe, my scrub pants are getting too big”.


Sixty days in and I was 20 pounds lighter and my daily pain levels had moved from an 8 to a 3.


I would like to emphasize something at this point…

I was not cutting calories.

I was not counting calories, macros, grams of anything.

The only thing I did was stop eating food that I am allergic to.


Nine months later, I am 50 pounds lighter, my cholesterol is down 200 points, my CRP is completely normal for the first time in 15 years, my thyroid numbers are perfect and my antibodies are undetected.

For the first time since I was 23 years old, my stomach doesn’t hurt and burn constantly.

My reflux is completely gone.


Yes, you have to live your life, but for someone like me, there is no room for cheat days.

One cheat day can give me a 10 day migraine with joint pain, stomach bloating, burning, and the feeling like I ate glass in my intestines..

Would that be worth one piece of cake to you?


I know what it’s like to worry about offending or disappointing friends and family because you won’t eat the food they prepared, sometimes just for your visit. As hard as it is for you to adjust, it can be harder for our loved ones. They don’t always understand that just one bite is a huge deal. That something that is harmless and nutritious to them is like poison to you.


This is when you have to learn the art of saying “NO”, something like, “thank you so much for thinking of me, it was so sweet. In order to avoid a allergic reaction or autoimmune flare, I need to eat the food I brought with me…..” Or something like that.

If they get mad or upset with you, there is nothing you can do about it.

I say, if they are that easily offended, then they are unworthy of your, love, loyalty or friendship.


This is your life and health and only you can take control of it.

Do you want to live the way you have been, or do you want to see if there is something you can do to change it?


Do you dare to hope?


I did.


After 25 years of trying EVERYTHING…….I promise you…….if it exists…….I tried it…..


Could it have been that simple???


Is everyday perfect?


No.


I still have some pain. I suspect it is the normal aches and pains someone my age experiences working an extremely physical job. Especially, when I over do it and book myself too full.


Is this the answer for everyone with an autoimmune disease? Probably not.

It is a place to start.


Remember, it’s not just diet that is in my treatment protocol. It was just the last piece of the puzzle. I take medication too. I will have to take medication for the rest of my life, unless they somehow find a cure for thyroid disease.

If reading about my journey helps you take the first step towards finding a better path for you and your health, then I did what I set out to do.

You don’t have to do it all at once, just take the first step.

Make sure you have a doctor that is your advocate. Someone who listens to you and takes what you have to say seriously.

Remember, you are the expert on you.

If they don’t listen, get up, leave and find someone who will.

You deserve to be heard.

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