I guess it’s time I finally tell you my story. I’ll try to skip quickly over the boring parts but I think it’s a good story to hear because it shows how drastically nutrition can change lives, and how important it is to educate yourself about what you put into your body.
When I was a baby I received vaccinations that made me sick, and antibiotics that wiped out my infant gut flora. As soon as my mother weaned me and i was no longer getting daily breast milk probiotics, I developed a persistent skin rash.The doctor recommended that my mother put cortisone cream on it. The rash didn’t go away. It was eventually labeled eczema and it was something I had from then on. I shortly thereafter developed asthma and environmental allergies. My body was crying for help and the pediatrician would find a way to temporarily shut it up.
When I was 20 years old I went for a walk on a trail in my town. The sun was shining the leaves were rustling the birds were chirping. It was beautiful! I broke into a joyous light jog. That lasted about ten seconds before it triggered an asthma attack that left me sitting on the trail sucking in air for dear life and filled with …rage. yeah. I was mad. Like really really mad. Nothing and no one dictated what I could and couldn’t do. I wanted to run and asthma was preventing me. I was fed up.
So I took drastic action. I began to see a nutritional wellness practitioner. I used up all my babysitting money for an appointment. He looked at my eyes and my hair, he checked my emf frequencies at various points, he checked for reactions to all kinds of things, and then he put me on a very very strict diet. It consisted essentially of avoiding all sugar and anything sweet, and eating nothing but organic vegetables (minus the sweet ones) organic poultry or fish, and organic millet, quinoa, and amaranth seed. The only nuts I could have were almonds and they had to be cleaned with GSE and soaked overnight. I jumped into the plan with excitement and when that gave way to food boredom I stuck with it out of sheer stubbornness. For a year and a half.
I learned a lot about food in that year and a half. I discovered vegetables I hadn’t known about. I discovered ways to make boring food taste exciting, and I learned that when I was bored, or sad, or upset, writing was a much healthier way to find solace than food indulgence. My 21’st birthday came and my amazing friends hosted a party where I was coerced to do blindfolded organic vegetable juice shots. It was so much fun and one of the most thoughtful things anyone has ever done for me.
At the end of that time period, my asthma had vanished, my skin was soft and beautiful, and I had no allergies. I began reintroducing foods carefully and testing out more and more vigorous exercises. The first time I ran, I went three miles and hated every painful inch of the run but when I was done I was elated. I could run! I could be a runner if I wanted to be one. I signed up for a half marathon and started training.
I will forever be grateful for the education my nutritionist provided me with. I have learned that loving your body means treating it well and appreciating what it does for you. When your body is not doing something for you, that means that you are not doing something for it. When it comes to your health, balance is absolutely key. And as writer and life coach Jana Kingsford says; “Balance is not something you find. It’s something you create.”