No, it’s not a cheesy hyped-up pseudo-promise – it’s true. Our bodies are in a constant state of flux, one way or the other. I won’t quote the science (it’s complicated and way over my head) but, in a nutshell, every one of us is changing, all the time.
Taking Charge of Change
In July 2014, I suffered a severe outbreak of eczema that and is only now healing. Corticosteroids helped soothe the broken skin but this condition is a symptom of dis-ease within.
I know that spiritual healing is needed to deal with the emotional roots of physical problems, but at this point, I am focusing on the physical component and looking at the relationship between nutrition and my health.
What was it that set off this drastic flare-up of eczema on my soles and palms? I wondered. Like most things in life, it was not one event or even several. It was cumulative layers of frustration, discouragement, feeling out of control, worries about family and friends, job stress, financial challenges and life in general.
What was I going to do about it? It began with pruning some activities and pursuits, prayerfully releasing burdens that were not mine to carry, and being gentler with myself and others. And it continues now…
I have started seeing a Naturopath (I Googled Christian naturopaths in my city and found one not far from home!) I wanted someone I could trust, to help me and guide me in my quest for physical wellness.
She did a thorough intake analysis with me, reviewing my health, lifestyle, supplements I take, concerns I have, and we talked about the process through which we would work. To begin, she put me on the Hypoallergenic Diet – to test for food sensitivities. This diet eliminates foods which are common well-known allergens, including: wheat (gluten), corn, dairy, eggs, soy, shellfish, sugar, peanuts, strawberries, tomatoes, citrus (except lemon), alcohol and coffee/tea (caffeine).
The good news, for me, is that I’m allowed to eat lots of yummy foods like these:
And meals that I already enjoyed, like these:
Potatoes, yams, rice pasta, oatmeal, quinoa – so I don’t really miss the wheat/breads. Legumes, nuts and seeds are allowed, so is olive oil and a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. (I recently discovered baby yams, which you toss in olive oil, salt, garlic powder and paprika and roast in the oven – even the skin is edible!)
What I miss the most is yogurt (Liberte organic 2.5% plain) and eggs, as well as my almost daily glass of red wine (a beloved treat at the end of a long workday). I am compromising on coffee, drinking half-caf, but no black tea.
Results So Far
I feel better overall – maybe just the idea that I’m eating cleaner and healthier, but specifically:
- less bloating and gas at mealtimes
- no afternoon energy slump
- easier movement in my joints, especially knees
- some weight/fat loss
Dr. Soo suggested I increase my Ester C intake to bowel tolerance (I am taking 6,000 mg daily) and Omega 3 gel caps thrice daily. Recent blood work showed healthy red and white cell levels, no cholesterol problems, but low B12 and folic acid levels. A Vitamin D test should be done at my next physical check-up, and there is a concern that I might not be absorbing nutrients from foods as efficiently as I should.
Next Step – Cleanse
Detoxifying my liver will be the next step. I’m starting next Monday (still getting over a bout of bronchitis, and attending a family dinner on Sunday, so Monday will be my fresh start 🙂
The Ultra Clear Program involves eating clean for 5 days (the hypoallergenic diet foods), then for 3 days, eating those foods and adding varied doses of Ultra Clear Cleanse (a rice protein powder base that you mix with water). For the next 5 days, there will be additional doses of powder while eating only fruits and vegetables only. This will be followed by 3 days with reduced powder and ending with 2 days eating from the full range of hypoallergenic diet foods.
I will share the results of my cleanse and my follow-up visit in March…