Thursday, May 19, 2011

Eating for strength and healing

Q'emlin Park

A few weeks ago,  my town celebrated Arbor Day by teaching area fifth graders about Forest Ecology.  I volunteered to help and went on a couple of hour long hikes to chaperone the kids and get some exercise.  The hike was awesome, up and down very rocky terrain, hills, and trails.  The next morning I woke up marveling at the fact that last fall I could not have done that.  My body was in too much pain from RA.  I am so thankful to a God that gives us the ability to help our bodies heal and feel strong through the nourishment he has provided. 

I have been asked many times about my diet and what exactly I eat that makes such a difference in my health so I am going to share that with you over the next several days in great detail. I began this blog to share with others what proper nutrition can do to improve your quality of life. Part of that means that I need to be open and honest with you not only about my success but my failures as well. So here it goes!  Recently I have been eating alot of sugar.  When I say alot of sugar what I really mean is ALOT of sugar.  Along with those sugary foods come alot of bad fats as well.  I was beginning to feel the inflammation and slight pain in my ankles, hips, and especially feet. Thankfully, I am very aware of my body and the warning signs and changed my ways by eating healthy again and the pain and inflammation are gone. 

Whether you suffer from an auto-immune disorder, arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure (the list goes on and on) an anti-inflammatory diet can make a difference in your life.  I am not promising that you will be able to get off of your medications as I did, but you will notice a great difference in how you feel.  It takes time, commitment and patience.  When I first changed my diet it took at least two months before I noticed a dramatic difference.  So be patient and enjoy the delicious food that you can eat while getting healthy and hopefully pain free.  As a reminder, the recipes on this blog are anti-inflammatory.....so enjoy!

2 comments:

  1. I am glad you are able to share diet with others. :)
    I agree that sugar causes a lot of inflammation. I just can't eat much or any at all.
    I am looking forward to your posts and learning new things.

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  2. Thanks Cathy! How are you feeling? I know you have been going through alot lately. I hope you are doing well :)

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