It's been a little while since I shared my health challenges with you, and I feel that it's a good time to give an update and answer some questions I've received.
As you already know, I'm on a fairly strict protocol to turn my health around. I've continued with my new plan, making adjustments here and there as per Denyse's recommendations. The good news is that so far it's proven successful.
Thank you all for the supportive comments. I really enjoy hearing from all of you who have healed yourselves from similar issues, and from those of you who are experiencing many of the same things as myself and are inspired to make some changes in your own lives.
I admit though, I'm starting to feel like a broken record in many of my replies. As much as I wish I had the answers for everyone who is confused and struggling, please remember that I'm not a doctor and just because you're going through some of what I went through, it doesn't necessarily mean we're dealing with the same root issue (or maybe we are, but to varying degrees). Also, a deep healing involves more than just eating certain foods.
I believe it's important to seek a natural health practitioner, and gave a huge link to my homeopathic doctor's website last time, but people are still asking how they can get in touch with my doc, so here it is again. Contact Denyse if you're interested in setting up an appointment. In my opinion she is the best, and while I've gone along "kicking and screaming" at times during my process, I trust her with my whole heart and soul. By the way, for anyone looking for an amazing medical intuitive as well, her readings are amazingly accurate, highly spiritual, and provide heaps of guidance. I've had at least 15 over the years (you can do them over the phone too - I have done both).
As much as things are coming along and I'm progressing in many ways, I'm still challenged with ups and downs at times - particularly emotionally (especially when I start a new round of homeopathic remedies, as they're designed specifically to bring grief, sadness, etc to the surface in order to be released). I have good days where I'm calm, happy, peaceful, and optimistic about the future... and I still have down days where I'm irritable, sad, and pessimistic. It's during the down moments that I want to quit this path and go back to my old ways, but I have incredible angels in my life who are quick to remind me how far I've come. Fortunately, the GOOD days are outweighing the bad ones now, which means progress!
I've come to realize the importance of TIME. Riding the road back to health is a process and I constantly have to remind myself of this fact. It takes time for the body to heal, energy to come back, and the blood to change. In fact, in my experience, healing is similar to what many people go through when they start a raw food diet: feeling worse before feeling better. It only makes sense, as the body is readjusting to new foods, new remedies, changing and rebuilding itself. In the past number of weeks, there have been many days where I've felt tired and my body has felt weak to the point where a simple walk required a lot of effort. However, in the past week or so, I've noticed a definite shift toward more energy, and have started getting back into yoga (which used to be a daily practice) and light rebounding.
Speaking of adjusting, my body has decided to gain weight during all of this. Ugh. Every woman's nightmare right? (Ok, I'm being a winey baby - in reality there are far worse things that could happen). I shouldn't be surprised, as I'm eating much heavier/more calorically dense food than I'm used to, and my metabolism is trying to catch up. My metabolic rate was working at "slow speed" for years due to my high fruit/sugar/salad/cacao diet. Now I eat 5-6 small meals which include a high quality protein, enough fat, and lots of veggies. A lot of people (especially those coming from a Standard American Diet) would lose weight on this plan, in fact, I do have friends who have lost weight and gotten super toned when they went off their raw vegan diet and started eating animal products. Once again it goes to show that we're all different.
For a fabulous resource on metabolism and how to raise it while eating whole, real foods, check out Matt Stone's site, 180 Degree Health. He's dedicated his life to researching all this stuff and I've appreciated reading it (there's heaps of content).
For the last two weeks my whole body started retaining water - think, puffy marshmallow man. Hehe just kidding, it wasn't that bad, but that's how I felt, and was pretty upset, and didn't know what to do about it. Denyse explained that my tissues are so busy in healing mode that they held in extra water for protection/healing, and that a bit of extra body fat will assist in healing. Lucky for me, once she prescribed an extra remedy, the puffiness went away in 2 days.
Despite going through my periods of feeling discouraged about things like the weight gain, I know that it's a mere bump in the road when it comes to the bigger picture, and I know it's only a matter of time before I'm completely rebalanced. In the meantime, my sweat pants and stretchy yoga clothes sure come in handy.
But wait! There are many positives here too that I'm excited to share. Every symptom I was experiencing has diminished or disappeared completely.
NO more headaches
NO more gut pain and bloated belly
NO more constipation
NO more menstrual cramps - This is something that never concerned me, but for years I've had one day of bad cramps. In the past 2 months I'm cramp-free. Yay for healthy hormones!
Improved skin - I'm still working on this, and right now I have a rash around my mouth. Denyse jumped for joy when I saw her last weekend because she's been waiting for it (it has to do with rebalancing my digestive system). Apparently I'm progressing fasting than she expected. Yay!
My diet has changed a wee bit from my last post. Here's what I'm doing now:
I'm still OFF cacao - over 6 weeks baby! I'm still on a low sugar diet and am very minimal on nuts (most days I do not eat any).
Denyse says I can now add in some cooked whole grains, like buckwheat, quinoa, millet, etc, for sustained energy, but I have not done so yet.
Here are the foods I eat these days:
- Eggs, daily
- Wild moose meat, elk, or bison 1-2 X / day
- Veggies: romaine lettuce, cucumber, zucchini, red pepper, avocado, tomato, kale, chard
- 1 small slice of raw cheese daily
- 3-4 tbs goat yogurt (in the morning before breakfast)
- raw or cooked fish (occasionally, when my dad catches it)
- Cooked kale
- Olive oil, butter
- Coconut: fresh, dried, oil, butter, milk
- Fresh herbs, spices, himalayan salt, carob, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice
- Wild blueberries, goji berries (minimum)
- Chia seed/hemp seed
- Medicinal teas (chaga, reishi, astragalus, many more)
- Miso (I'm so happy to be able to eat this again!) 1 tbs daily
- Sweeteners: stevia, coconut sugar
- Fresh spring water (fortunately there is a spring 10 minutes from my house)
- salad with meat
- scrambled eggs (3) - with cooked kale, fresh parsley and raw tomato (I eat this everyday for breakfast)
- raw vegetable soup (veggies, fresh herbs, water, seaweed, miso)
- chia pudding (chia, coconut milk, stevia, vanilla - sometimes with blueberries)
- squash with melted coconut oil (or blended into a pudding with stevia, coconut, cinnamon)
- cooked veggie medley (kale, chard, garlic, spices, squash, zucchini, red pepper)
- coconut pudding (young coconut, stevia, carob, coconut sugar, vanilla)
Simple chia pudding
Since I prefer to use young coconuts for puddings and ice cream (I have to get them when I'm in the city), I make my own luscious coconut milk using dried coconut and it works just as great. Make a big batch and keep it on hand in the fridge for 7 days. If you want a more diluted milk, add extra water.
-Blend 1 part dried, shredded coconut (organic, sun dried - this one is my favorite and makes the most delicious milk) with 2 parts water until smooth, and strain it in a nut milk bag.
- Shake 1 cup coconut milk with 1-2 tablespoons chia seed in a jar with a tight lid.
- Allow the mixture to sit for 10-20 minutes for the chia to swell.
- If you find the pudding too thick, simply add more milk. If it's too liquidy, add more chia and shake it all together again.
- Optional: Add 1 drop stevia, cinnamon, and vanilla (I like it both plain and with these additions).
Here are the supplements I'm taking:
- B12 - Garden of Life
- Calcium magnesium
- O3mega + joy - Genuine Health
- Probiotics - Garden of Life (I've been taking these for about 5 months)
- Digestive enzymes
- Atomidine - A very high quality detoxified iodine, for the thyroid. It's suggested to take 2 drops in a glass of water once a day, but its strong tasting, so I take 1 drop in 2 different glasses of water in the day.
- Mulit vitamins - Usana
- Vitamin D
Other Healing Modalities
In addition to the diet and remedies, I've started doing a few other things to assist in my healing process. I feel a huge positive shift after each of these things.
- Weekly massage
- Energy healings from my friend Pam* who is an extremely gifted and powerful healer/intuitive
(I've also had incredible intuitive readings with her over the years. In fact, 4 years ago she told me I would meet an amazing, loving guy in 2-3 weeks and then described him physically, his personality, his astrological sign, where he was from, what kind of work he does, etc - she even drew a picture of what he looks like! Sure enough, 2 weeks later I met him and the whole thing was magical.)
- Reiki - from my mom who is a reiki master, and our friend Catherine* who is also a reiki master/hawaiian healer.
*If anyone wants either of their information, contact me and I can email it to you since they don't have websites yet. They do distant healing/readings as well.
So that's my health update. My other update is that I'm heading back to California in a few days. I'm going to see these beautiful friends, among others. I'm so excited! I'm going to be very cautious and will be sure to get plenty of rest to assure that my healing continues. I feel that being around loving friends, warm weather, and sunshine will leave me feeling refreshed :) Stay tuned for some adventures.