I love bread.
I dream of the crispy outside of drop biscuits, or the moist texture of homemade oatmeal bread. When I go to Red Lobster, I could fill up on those yummy cheddar biscuits before my meal ever hits the table.
I love cheese.
I could spend hours in the cheese section of my local HyVee, or Schnucks, reviewing the textures of every cheese in the cold case, asking workers and passersby for their favorite uses of certain flavors. I use generous handfuls on homemade pizza, enchiladas, omelets, in quiches or on toasted bread with butter.
I love sugar – in all of its forms, but mixed with dark chocolate in particular.
I savor the chewy texture of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, and find heaven on earth in moist, rich walnut brownies.
This time last year, I’d noticed my cravings for sugar were insatiable. My stomach was constantly bloated. I was tired – exhausted beyond words. My brain would hit a wall mid-afternoon, and many days, I found myself navigating life through muscle pain, chronic fatigue, brain fog – all with a HoHo in each hand.
I was not healthy. And after a visit to my doctor, I knew why.
I wasn’t eating right – at least, not for my body.
The foods I thought were good for me weren’t. They were actually inflaming my body from the inside. My insulin wasn’t getting where it needed to go because of the inflammation. (Thus the sugar cravings.) My estrogen levels were out of control. My low cholesterol was high and my high cholesterol low. My liver wasn’t functioning right.
And that was just the beginning.
My doctor put me on a strict two-week cleanse. Now, I’m a skeptic when it comes to some of the cleanses out on the market, but this plan seemed really smart and manageable.
Only certain fruits, vegetables and proteins were allowed, along with PurePea shakes by Designs for Health (not an affiliate link). I never went hungry.
After the first week, I noticed a difference in my energy. At the end of two weeks, the change was dramatic.
I found myself working in the garden, mowing, doing laundry and dishes – all in the same day. Before this cleanse, it would have taken me a week to accomplish those chores – and it would have been like walking through the fiercest pits of hell.
Before leaving the doctor’s office to start the cleanse, I had them take blood for food allergy tests.
My results were in after three weeks. I found out exactly what foods were hurting my body – and they were just about everything I was easting.
Gluten, wheat, cow milk (CHEESE!!!!), green beans (my beloved), broccoli, mushrooms… and the list goes on.
Add to those items were brewer’s and bakers yeast – which are in everything from bread to chips to chicken broth – and I was in deep trouble.
I made some slight adjustments to the cleanse diet – though not much was needed – and restricted all foods my body found repugnant.
In less than a year, I’ve lost 40 pounds, have more energy than I know what to do with and have a body that loves itself once again.
No more chronic fatigue, brain fog, muscle pains, insane sugar cravings, embarrassing itching.
My teeth feel cleaner. My hair is fuller, growing fast and healthy without chemicals. The little dark hairs on my chin are thinner and easier to pluck. My skin is softer, smoother and my face not prone to acne.
My prayer life is so much better, because my brain is clear and can focus on time with God.
And one of the best parts?! NO MORE BLOATING! I know God should be the most important one, but you have no idea what it was like to walk around with a balloon in my belly all the time. I couldn’t button my pants, eat or move without feel uncomfortable tightness welling up inside of me. I think God understands – especially since the bloating made it hard to concentrate at times. 🙂
It is amazing what a change in diet can do to quality of life. I’m proof that if you are willing to get healthy – and make some changes – you CAN live an incredibly full, spiritual, happy life.
What worked for me may not necessarily work for others, but I truly believe that if you want to get healthy, you don’t have to take a pill. You can adjust your diet and find a new level of health you have never experienced before.
Have you ever thought of making changes to see if your body feels better? What are your most challenging health issues – and how have you tried to deal with them?0