Ok, so this is probably the longest post I will ever write, so I apologize in advance…
I have been pondering this post for a while now. It has been a little over three years since my last post. A lot of things have changed! The changes that have the most relevance to this blog are our dietary changes. So, first a little background…
Four years ago, I had a sweet little baby girl. While we were over the moon about the new addition to our family, her birth was the beginning of a completely different way of life.
As you can probably see, from previous posts, we had the standard American diet (SAD) four years ago. After my daughter was born, I suffered from many health issues…some of them were very scary. Directly following her birth, my blood pressure began to climb. Slowly at first…then it escalated. It got so high that I found myself in the hospital hooked to machines to monitor my heart and blood pressure. I was in danger of a stroke or heart attack.
After a subsequent visit to the doctor, I was placed on blood pressure meds. They made me feel sick and shaky all the time. When I asked how long I had to be on the pills I was told that it would be for the rest of my life. I asked about dietary changes to control my BP and my doctor told me to avoid butter and lots of fat, but basically my diet wouldn’t affect my BP that much.
This information didn’t sit right with me so I began to research. My research was the beginning of a complete change in our lifestyle.
We started off slowly and prayerfully, changing things here and there. Some of the first changes included removing all inflammatory oils and hydrogenated oils from our diet (canola, cottonseed, soy, vegetable oils, etc.) and replacing them with healthy fats (coconut oil, avocado oil, butter, non-hydrogenated lard, olive oil, etc.). We also got rid of any foods that had any version of soy in it (soy causes inflammation and damages the thyroid) and anything with high fructose corn syrup.
Two weeks after making these changes I was off of all blood pressure medications. This made me wonder, if we changed our diet further would our other problems heal? I was convicted by a Christian comedian when I watched this routine:Tim Hawkins Food Prayer How many times had I asked God to bless the junk food I was about to eat for the nourishment of my body?
Even though we had made some changes, I knew God was not done with us and how we ate. I realized, through scripture, just how much pride God took in our health and well-being.
Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink. Then let our countenances be looked upon before thee, and the countenance of the children that eat of the portion of the king’s meat: and as thou seest, deal with thy servants. So he consented to them in this matter, and proved them ten days. And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king’s meat. Thus Melzar took away the portion of their meat, and the wine that they should drink; and gave them pulse. As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams. Daniel 1:12-17
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
I realized that we were not taking care of our bodies the way God intended, so I began seeking Him even more for whatever changes He had for us to make.
Through this we also discovered that Celiac disease ran in our family. For those who might need a refresher in what Celiac is, basically it is an autoimmune disorder triggered by gluten which interferes with the body’s ability to absorb nutrients. It causes damage to the small intestines which can eventually lead to other autoimmune disorders, certain cancers, thyroid damage and a lot of other serious problems. Often people do not have any symptoms, or the symptoms are explained away as other things (heartburn, IBS, eczema…many seemingly different things). I realized that just because I was thin, did not mean I was healthy.
So, here is where we are now…we eat very little sugar of any sort, no high fructose corn syrup, no soy, no inflammatory oils or hydrogenated oils, nothing containing gluten, very few artificial colors or flavorings…basically…no processed foods!
What do we eat? Lots and lots of vegetables, high fat foods like avocados healthy oils, butter, yogurt and cheese…lots of cheese. We eat meat, preferably pasture raised and hormone/antibiotic free. We eat a lot of eggs! And who can forget…uncured bacon!
Not all of these changes may be for everyone. And as with anything, if you are looking to change for your health I would advise going slowly and prayerfully. It is very difficult and overwhelming to revamp too much of your diet too soon.
I will say that we enjoy eating this way. Some changes have been harder than others and sometimes we miss some of the old foods. We do not miss how they made us feel though.
Since we have changed our diets we have healed a lot. My blood pressure is normal with no medications, bloated bellies are gone, one kid’s chronic skin rash disappeared, chronic nose bleeds and upset tummies after eating are gone. When I was younger, I suffered a severe head injury that caused neurological pain on my right side. It wasn’t constant, but it was easily triggered and would cause severe, cold pain from my head (on the right side) down my spine and down my right arm. I haven’t had that pain in two years and there have been plenty of things that would normally trigger it. So many things are better! Are we perfect? Nah, we have a long way to go…but things are a lot better!
Anyway, I say all of this to let you know that things are changing on here too. I suppose our diet is much different, which means the recipes that I will post from now on will be different. No more highly processed comfort foods. I will try as I go along to give some of our reasons, resources and research that help understand why we made the changes that we did.
I hope that this blog will be a help to anyone looking to make some changes and regain their health. To that end, I will say a brief word about blog etiquette. I shouldn’t have to, but I notice that more than ever people seem to forget their manners when visiting someone else’s site. I know most of you that visit here would never do any of these things, but for anyone else venturing on to this site… I moderate all comments and do not allow any that are mean spirited. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but if it bullies or belittles anyone then it will not be allowed here. I hope that everyone will feel welcome here no matter where you are at in your diet. Everyone must go at their own pace and no one will be looked down upon for whatever stage you are in. There are lots of ways to do things and constructive sharing will be accepted so that we all might learn from it. There, hopefully I have dispensed with the unpleasant stuff.
I am sorry again for the length of this post. Next time I hope to be back with some lovely recipes and pretty food pictures! In the meantime, thank you for bearing with me!