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!