How I Changed My Diet and Changed My Health — From Sick and Tired to Healthy and Happy
One year ago today, was D-Day for my health. I woke up to find that what I had thought was a pulled muscle or tendon near my knee had morphed overnight into a painful swollen leg from the middle of my thigh to my toes.
My leg throbbed and looked freaky — as if someone had blown it up like a balloon, but without the fun bright colors and implied party atmosphere.
At the stroke of 8:30 a.m., I called my doctors office and made an appointment for later that day.
Falling Down the Traditional Medical Care Rabbit Hole
Thus began my first-ever journey into today’s modern medical care industry, where you are poked and prodded my multiple tests requested by multiple doctors, all of whom often can’t find out what’s gone wrong with your body.
By December of last year, I’d seen five doctors and had dozens of blood and medical test — and still didn’t know what was wrong with me.
Meanwhile, my mobility was greatly reduced. I walked with pain and started using crutches. I imagine my eventual descent into a world of ongoing medical tests, harsh (read: toxic) drugs, and rapid deterioration of my health, lifestyle, and wellbeing.
The only thing anyone could tell me was that I had inflammatory disease with no known cause or cure — for now.
“Something’s Cooking, But We Don’t Know What Yet”
My new rheumatoid arthritis specialist also casually mentioned that “something’s cooking, but we don’t know what yet.” How depressing!
Then I switched gears in December and entered the world of alternative medicine. It was only there that I began getting answers — and help.
A brilliant acupuncturist and nutritionist knew exactly what I had and what I should do about it, starting with changing my diet.
We’re talking a complete overhaul — from the conventional U.S. diet of processed food, wheat, sugar, bad fats, and other toxins, to an organic unprocessed food diet.
Healing My Inflammation Through Dietary Changes
The changes were painful at first — but not as painful as the inflammation. So I dove in, learning a new way of shopping, cooking, and eating.
Within one month I was walking without crutches, but slowly. Within three months I could get up and into a chair without biting pain in my knees. Within six months, I was walking at my old rapid pace and bike riding and swimming again.
For some reason, the conventional medical world speaks very little about the connection between our diet and inflammation. They say there isn’t enough research or science to prove the connection.
Well I don’t need research or science. I know from hard-earned personal experience — when it comes to inflammation, diet is one of the most powerful cures.
I am sharing what I learned about how to eat to heal or prevent the destructive forces of inflammation in my book, Inflammation Elimination Diet.
I’m hoping through this blog, my book, and other programs, to help people heal from inflammation, and to help people who don’t yet have it to prevent inflammation from ever taking them down — like it did to me one morning one year ago.