January has been full of change for us.
I started the Autoimmune Solution eating plan (aka: The Myers Way) after being so sick last fall. Now, if you know me at all, you know that I move through change with more anger than grace, picture a spoiled toddler kicking and screaming as she leaves Toys R Us empty handed.
I’m sorry. But it’s true and I’m working on it.
I love food and sadly reward myself with food…so I never wanted to give up the foods I’ve come to love. (who does????)
Then (6 1/2 years ago) came Celiac. I screamed and panicked and finally adjusted to a new normal BUT going 100% gluten free did not make me feel good. To my complete disappointment, I was still sick almost every day.
My gut has been a non-stop problem. My joints swell and ache. My energy level is often so low that I have to nap in my middle of the day. I’ve had a series of iron infusions and a rheumatologist put me on all sorts of medications.
But my issues persisted.
While this was aggravating and discouraging I learned to live with it. It was my new normal, right?
But last fall my body went into overdrive. I got so sick that I was in the ER twice. To make a long story short, $35,000 in tests later, the GI doctor boiled it down to this: it must be something you’re eating. (Insert emoji with steam coming out of it’s ears)
During this time, my BFF Julie, who also has Celiac, told me about Dr. Amy Myers and her book The Autoimmune Solution. I ordered the book, read it just about the time I was planning our Thanksgiving dinner. With my mind on all my favorite foods, I read Dr. Myers eating plan all the while writing sarcastic notes on every few pages.
What? SERIOUSLY??? You’ve GOT to be kidding me! NOT going to happen.
I. Can’t. EVEN.
NO COFFEE?!?!?!- that’s a deal breaker.
In the back of my mind though, I kept thinking about my niece Jamie. She went on a similar eating plan after being sick for a long time and the clean eating worked for her. Her gut (where most of our immune system is housed) healed and after strictly following the protocol for a little over a year, (now 2 years out) she’s healthy and has learned to love eating this way. (She now allows herself to eat “unhealthy” for a meal or two during different holidays, but says she always regrets it.)
Can you see the writing on the wall?
Fast forward a few months and here I am 10 days into the Myers Way Autoimmune Solution eating protocol ( I came off of coffee a month ago in preparation-insert wide eyed stare here)…I’ve had massive detox from caffeine and sugar which has made living in my skin ever so much fun.
Everything in our fridge and pantry has changed which has made living with me even more exciting! (Mike, God bless the man, has been 100% supportive as I’ve thrown out all the processed food.)
No more cheese and ice cream…now our fridge is packed with organic fruits, veggies, chicken and grass fed beef. No more crackers or corn chips or …wait for it: beans and tomatoes (I kinda miss chili)…just sweet potatoes, onions, organic chicken and bone broth in the pantry…
I have cooked more in the last 10 days than I did the last quarter of 2016.
I’m not exaggerating. There IS a learning curve to changing the way you eat.
Are you wondering how it working? (If not, I don’t blame you…this is very boring stuff.) But just in case you ARE wondering… at some point on day 8 …I felt better. My joints weren’t as inflamed (I know this because my hands swell and ache on the regular and the morning of the 8th day I woke to noticeable less swelling). My stomach was much calmer and finally the detox headaches were gone.
As for the food…
I find myself looking forward to my organic fruit & Collagen Hydrolysate smoothie. I loved shopping for a (ridiculously expensive ) pork roast at Whole Foods and putting it in the crock-pot with sautéed onions and apple slices…the aroma was divine.
I’m finding that a bowl of organic berries after dinner is absolutely enough to satisfy my sweet tooth and on the weekend there’s a coconut cream chocolate mousse recipe that is really scrumptious…
So, for the moment…I’m handling these changes with a bit more grace than I was 10 days ago.
I will be revisiting the decision to eliminate coffee in mid-February when I evaluate the first 30 days of the eating plan. Pretty sure coffee will be back where it belongs in my morning ritual because seriously, herbal tea can’t hold a candle to my cuppa.
These are recent photos of our bedroom…I thought you guys might like something pretty (or at least I think it’s pretty) to go with all the food talk.
Sending you organic love my friends xo 😉