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Feeding Myself with Love

I’m a food-loving, pleasure-seeking Taurus gal through and through. I eat because food tastes goods and brings me, well, lots of pleasure. I’ve always had a strong appetite, never prone to skipping a meal and always with snacks on hand. Lately though, it’s been a whole new ballgame!

Currently with my recent RA diagnosis, I am working with a naturopathic doctor (ND) who looks at health in a more holistic way. It is their tendency to go straight to the gut and digestion first and foremost as the root of health issues. This is in contrast with allopathic doctors who don’t necessarily agree that these factors influence dis-ease but rather place emphasis on our genes.  Being the person I am and having the belief system I do, I am 110% all about healing my gut as a way of healing the dis-ease in my body rather than the alternative which is popping pills every day (or worse self-injections) for the rest of life. 

With that being said, I also had a battery of allergy tests carried out and the results weren’t so nice. Now, one must remember that when a person is “sick”, they are naturally going to be less tolerant of things entering the system. Suddenly every little thing causes a red flag for the immune systems which is already working double to fight off infections.  Regardless, a mandatory four week elimination diet has now turned into twelve weeks going without some of America’s favorite foods: bread! Cheese! Potatoes!  Along with a few more:

Asparagus

Basil

Bean, Lima

Blueberry

Cabbage

Cantaloupe

Carrot

Cashew

Cauliflower

Coffee

Cucumber

Eggs

Eggplant

Garlic

Ginger

Gluten

Grape

Milk, Cow’s

Mustard

Orange

Peanut

Pepper, Black

Pineapple

Potato

Rice

Safflower

Sesame

Soybean

Tomato

Watermelon

Wheat

Yeast (yes, this means no beer or even GF rising breads)

Yogurt

Whew! While I’ve had some success re-introducing some foods without side effects (pain in my case) it has been a rather slow process and not always a fun one.  It is hard enough preparing healthy and tasty meals but add in a litany of diet restrictions and you’re in for a rollercoaster ride.  I definitely find myself craving pizza and french fries, wishing I could go out to a restaurant and enjoy the things I used to.  But at the same time I am thankful…I see how much people take food and their health for granted and I am thankful I have a supportive husband willing to eat “my food”.  I know that while I may never eat chewy pizza dough or a real doughnut ever again for a while to come, I will emerge from this experience with a new sense of what it means to be healthy and I will (and already am) learn new ways to feed myself not with food but with yoga and with art, spending time in nature and with friends, my nose in a book or soaking in a bath; I will feed myself with love.

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