There comes a time in your life when you need to step back from the raging battle you are having with your body. Admit that you need help taking care of yourself.
I am so tired of being tired all the time.
My autoimmune is worse than ever.
I cannot keep living like this.
I really, really suck at this!
God has blessed me with a family and friends that can see that I am going through things when no one else can see them. They show grace when I do not deserve it and pick up the slack when I cannot seem to get off the couch.
I was diagnosed with autoimmune disease years ago. I struggle with a hormonal imbalance that has led to low thyroid levels, insulin resistance, adrenal fatigue, and inflammation. This all leads to mental issues in addition to the physical ones. I frequently struggle with depression, anxiety, brain fog, and sleep disturbance.
I am exhausted. All. The. Time.
Not one of us was born with a manual on how to care for ourselves. The biggest kicker is we are all different. No one is alike or has the same needs. What works for you may not work for me and vise versa.
I have tried so many things to help my body heal. I have spent thousands on doctors, natural practitioners, trainers, dietitians, and supplements. I have watched videos and read for countless hours to find an answer. None of them have been able to give me what I need to heal.
I went gluten-free for 2 years and have been a Lacto-Ovo- Pescatarian- Vegetarian for over 15 years. If you do not know what that means, it means I eat fish, eggs, and dairy, but my diet consists of mainly plant-based foods.
I initially chose a vegetarian diet because my body could not flush the bacteria found in animal tissues. It caused all kinds of digestive issues and infections in my kidneys and bladder. Fish does not seem to affect me in this way, so I kept it on the menu.
I would like to say that I make good choices on what I put in my body every day. The reality is I have a lot of room for improvement. Inflammation still runs rampant in my body.
I know that there has to be something to the “healing with food” bandwagon everyone is jumping on.
I have been seeking and praying for a solution for some time now. I initially looked into going vegan but decided that it is way too restrictive for me. I also live in a rural area with limited grocery stores and options.
I keep coming back to the idea of adopting a version of the Mediterranean diet (whole foods diet). Eliminating most dairy, all added sugar (I will keep honey and pure maple syrup for now), and most refined grains. Cutting all heavily processed foods.
I have been adding gluten back into my diet through heritage grains. Modern wheat still poses an issue for my gut and so do meats. I will not be adding lamb or chicken back into my diet at this time. For the bread I will eat on this diet, I will continue ordering my grains online as they are difficult to find in stores where I live. If you are interested in where I order these grains, please visit Sunrise Flour Mill (I do not make any money through referrals to this company).
I am aware that this is not much of a change from the diet I have right now. As a vegetarian, I have never cut out some of the processed foods that are restricted or limited in the Mediterranean diet. I hope that it will make a significant difference in my health. I have a massive sugar and carb addiction and cravings. My cravings are so bad sometimes that I can envision pole vaulting over someone to get a potato chip or sweet treat, good grief! I feel like Chris Farley on SNL.
So, this will be tough, to say the least.
I know I need some accountability to stick with a lifestyle change like this. So I have decided to post my journey weekly on the blog. Subscribe to my newsletter if you would like updates when I post or follow me on Bloglovin or the WordPress feed.
I am soon adding a page where you can find my favorite recipes that I have discovered and tried. I will not be turning SHAT into a food blog. All recipes will be from other blogs that I follow or discover along the way. This should be fun!
I will be making the dietary changes right away. In addition, I will be receiving a general check-up with my doctor. I will be getting blood drawn to check my thyroid and hormone levels. This is the smart way to approach this. I will be able to see if it makes a measurable difference.
I will set up a follow-up appointment at around 90 days after the initial check-up. This should give me enough time to see if there is a difference in my overall health.
Friends, please consider keeping me in your prayers. I will likely need the added support for this journey.
Have you have been considering a lifestyle or diet change like this? Do you struggle with similar health issues? Feel free to comment below. I will be happy to offer any support I can.
Psalm 28:6-7 “Praise be to the LORD for He has heard my cry for mercy. The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.”