I was exhausted all the time and couldn’t shake the feeling of not actually being sick, but never quite feeling 100%. I assumed it was a function of life with four small kids and getting older…turns out I had rheumatoid arthritis.
I didn’t have a clue what RA was, nor did I know anything about autoimmune disease. I rarely took Advil for a headache, but was immediately given several major medications and told I’d have to take them for life to avoid any permanent joint damage. Oh, and that there was no known cause or cure.
I was terrified.
After the initial shock dissipated…and it took a while…I started researching RA and discovered how closely autoimmune disease is related to diet and stress. At the time, with four young kids, and an entrepreneur husband, I felt the stress was inevitable, so I focused on diet. With the help of a Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor, I identified several food sensitivities causing inflammation in my body (magnifying the RA symptoms). I eliminated the foods causing the sensitivities…
It completely changed my life.
I went from feeling completely exhausted all the time and thinking this was my life from now on, to feeling truly healthy for the first time in years. It didn’t happen overnight — it was four to six months before I started to notice any improvements — but the improvements just continued as time went on…despite being told nutrition had no effect on the disease and medication was my only option to control the progression of the disease – which to me meant ensuring my kids would still have their active momma.
That was in 2011 and so much has changed since then. I’ve managed to keep my disease activity completely under control by sticking to some basic guidelines and also adding supplements/herbs to my routine. I am virtually pain-free. My family has started to make the same changes and are feeling so much better. They’re now at a higher risk of developing an autoimmune conditions, but it’s so awesome to know that it’s possible to significantly reduce their risk just by making these changes!
I am fascinated by how much nutrition and lifestyle choices impact our health and how much control we have over it. I wanted be able to teach it to others how to do it, so I became a holistic nutrition consultant. It has completely changed my life and that of my family. I’m love being able to teach others how it can work for them.
It’s all about getting things back inBalanse and I can show you how!