The title of this post about sums up this past week for me. My new
diet way of living prohibits me from eating gluten, sugar, dairy, soy, fruit, and even some vegetables. For someone who LOVES food….no, “love” doesn’t even come close to describing the way I feel about food. I cherish food and look forward to each meal. So why, you might ask, am I eliminating so many yummy items from my diet?
When we discovered that Lyla had so many food allergies, I was overwhelmed with what to feed her. In addition, I had a gut feeling that there was something more going on with her health (she had anemia at 9 months, her gross motor skills were behind, etc.). After much prayer I came upon Carrie Thienes’ blog one day. She was talking about the foods we should be feeding our infants and how many young children with imbalances could be cured through their diet and supplementation. Long story short, I contacted Carrie and she officially became Lyla’s natural nutritionist.
After completing a hair sample, we discovered that Lyla had copper toxicity as well as many imbalances. Her whacky levels were no doubt causing all of her issues. Carrie assured me that focusing on her diet and health at such a young age would set Lyla up for a very strong immune system as well as her overall well-being. After seeing the amazing results with Lyla, I decided it was Mommy’s turn to get tested.
Not to my surprise, I had INSANE levels. Copper toxicity, as well as low sodium and low potassium (my ratios were off the charts) were causing me a lot of issues. I’m not ashamed to say that I’ve struggled with depression and anxiety on and off the past year or so. The results from my hair analysis showed that there is a reason for my highs and lows. They also are causing fatigue and multiple other symptoms I won’t bore you with. Because of my insane levels, there are certain foods I should avoid at all costs (gluten and sugar) and there are other foods I will avoid until everything levels back out (dairy, some fruit, certain veggies, etc.). In addition, I am taking SEVERAL supplements in an effort to detoxify my system (mainly the copper stored up in my organs).
This has been a really hard week for me. I CRAVE sugar and gluten-laden deliciousness. I would kill for a loaf of honey wheat bread with some honey butter. UGH! However, I know that this is what I need to do for my health (physical and mental).
Will you hold me accountable? I’m going to post about my progress, share recipes, etc. each week. Carrie said I’ll feel worse before I feel better (from the detoxing). So, I’ll probably vent to you as well! Are you excited? I am.
One final note: I would encourage each of you to check out Carrie’s blog and read about some of these health issues that so often get overlooked or have a pill thrown at them. Many times we want a quick fix and aren’t willing to dig deep to discover the underlying issue.
So, what are your thoughts? Do you think you could handle a diet like this indefinitely?Sarah Myers