As many of you probably know, I’ve struggled with my health for about six years. I’ve had strange and seemingly unrelated symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, shakiness, dizziness, mood swings, joint pain, bad blood flow, and more. These symptoms are not constant; they come and go, but they have been a frustrating interruption to daily life for quite a while now. I’ve been gluten-free for four out of those six years, and while that did help, it did not eliminate the symptoms altogether, and because I tested negative for Celiac, I ultimately realized that being gluten-free was not the end-all be-all for me.
I’ve tried supplements and prescription vitamins, among other things, all of which have helped in some ways, but also had considerable downsides to them as well (excuse my over-simplifying all of this, but I’m just not sure that you would find all of the little details super fascinating). I’ve been tested for anemia, diabetes, and lupus, but nothing was found.
This has been a long and often discouraging road at times, but now with the support of my wonderful friends and family, I’m on a mission to reverse these symptoms and improve my quality of life! I’ll be going to doctors appointments until we get to the bottom of this, but in the mean time, I’m not going to wait around. I’m starting a new, much cleaner way of eating in hopes that it will alleviate some of my symptoms.
I’ve always thought of myself as someone who lives a more or less healthy lifestyle because I love to work out, and I eat pretty healthy most of the time. In reality, though, my diet is very inconsistent and does not always contain the things that my body really needs! I’ve always liked fruits and vegetables, but I have never incorporated nearly enough of them into my daily life. That’s about to change! The realization of how nutrient-dense and important these things are slapped me in the face when I discovered this YouTube channel, and the accompanying blog and Instagram account (I have no plans of becoming a fully raw vegan, but I found much of what she has to say really helpful and interesting). My goal is to start to consume much more fruits and vegetables (along with healthy carbs and lean meats in moderation), drink at least half of my body weight in ounces of water a day, and less sugar and unhealthy carbs.
My recent epiphany is this: If I’m not treating my body well and putting my full effort into giving it all of the nutrients it needs, it will be much harder to find the source of my symptoms. My hope is that a non-balanced diet has been the source of these symptoms over the years! While I’ll continue to seek out answers from professionals, I’m also going to be very intentional about taking extremely good care of my body on a daily basis.
I’m planning to share recipes on the blog when I can as a way to build community and stay excited about this new way of eating!
As much as I dislike these symptoms that I’ve had over the years, I also thank God for them, because they are pushing me to depend on Him, and they are pushing towards a way of living that I should have embraced all along! I’m thankful to God for giving me this body to take care of.
“If you don’t take care of your body, where will you live?”