I have put on a lot of the weight over the last 4 1/2 years. Previously, I had spent over a year losing weight and concentrating on diet, nutrition and the value of quality food I eat.
I grew up eating home grown vegetables; mostly from my Grandmothers garden. Around the age of 12, my parents had their own garden. I was fortunate to have a farm that provided my dairy, beef and vegetables. Hopefully any long term side effects from processed foods, contaminates, toxins, pesticides, insecticides, GMO’s will have been greatly limited because of this. It was rare that we ate anything out of a store bought can.
Once I became an adult I didn’t pay attention to labels, preservatives or whether something was organic or not. I didn’t have a garden and convenience was important to me. I think I was genuinely oblivious to the idea that grocery store food might actually be “bad” for me.
It wasn’t until a near fatal event that I realized what I had been feeding my cells had a powerful impact on my body’s performance.
In 1996 I had a horrible car accident. I found myself visiting specialists every day; chiropractors, sports medicine therapists, (actually the one for the Denver Broncos football team), neurologists, electro-therapy and deep tissue therapeutic massage were all weekly appointments on top of raising a newborn, a 2 year and my 5 year old.
It was tough.
After about 5 years of this routine, the therapy and treatments, I had somewhat a more normal life, but often got through my day with a TENS, an acronym for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation, unit attached to my back or neck to reduce pain.
I had chronic pain.
To try to get relief, I reluctantly visited a Rheumatologist. He suggested that I had “unexplained pain” ( I knew that!) and diagnosed me as having Fibromyalgia. Fortunately, he didn’t just slap a prescription for pain medicine in my hand and ask me to come back in a month. He sat and told me something about the White Out Diet. He told me that if I removed all sugar, all enriched flour, all white rice or other white starchy vegetables such as potatoes that I would see a HUGE difference in the way my body felt. I was skeptical! After all, I had seen dozens of specialists over the past 5 years at that point and not one of them mentioned diet, not once!
Now this guy is telling me all I have to do is remove the WHITE’s from my diet?
I had been in so much pain, that I was HAPPY to try to eliminate foods to SEE if I could get any relief. At the time, I was hooked on regular Coca Cola. It took 2 weeks to completely ween myself from soda. I simply switched to ice tea and an all natural sugar replacement, Stevia. I was ready to tackle the starches in my life. It wasn’t easy. I love potatoes, they come out of the earth, I still don’t understand why they are apart of the white out diet, but I was persistent to see if I could live “pain free”!
After only three weeks, I had seen remarkable changes. I had more energy. I didn’t hurt when I got out of bed in the morning! In general, I felt as if there were helium balloons attached to me and that I just kind of floated with my feet barely on the ground.
The next major thing I did was start making my own bread.
I could have bread as long as there wasn’t ANY enriched flour, bleached or unbleached in it. So I bought a A Wonder Mill Grain Mill joined a food co-op and started ordering wheat berries to make bread. To compliment the wheat mill, I bought the book, Set for Life by Jane P. Merrill and Karen M. Sunderland. You can find it on Amazon.com pretty easily for under $5.00 used. It looks like there is an update version, I may have to check that one out.
Because CARBS in it’s simple complex form seemed to be causing my chronic pain. Yes, I even quit eating fruit.
So, here I am 15 years from the car accident. 5 years past being a size 6, with the energy level I had when I was 13 to feeling old, sluggish and slow. The pain has crept back in and I have ignored it long enough. My body is screaming, “Houston, we have a problem!”.
I shifted my healthy habits and behaviors for a myriad of reasons. Fortunately, they are not as bad as when I initially started, but I am lax in to many ways and my body is angry at me for it.
This is my first step to going back on the journey of good health, admitting there’s a problem. I want to have weight loss and live pain free again. Keep me accountable and walk with me if you’d like. It’s true, focus and support plays a big part in the success of such life changes.
Here’s to a healthy life.