For some reason the first post on this website (My own website!) has been on my mind forever, years really. What should I say, and why would anyone want to listen to what I have to say? Truth is, I have SO much information stored in this brain of mine that I will eventually burst at the seams if I don’t write it down somewhere. As I share my thoughts with you my only hope is that you learn a thing or two along the way, or are prompted to think about something you had never thought about before. Oh, and that you also forgive my non-existent writing skills 🙂
So what exactly is this website all about? Well, it all sort of just happened. Very long story short, after my second son was born I got really sick. I was constantly dizzy, nauseous, in pain, ringing in my ears, I couldn’t think straight, and my mind always felt cloudy. I went to numerous doctors, had every procedure anyone could think of, and took many different medications, but nothing helped. I began to think this was going to be my life. I had just given birth to a newborn and could barely take care of him. It was such a helpless feeling as a mother to have to rely on others for his care. I just wanted to be healthy, and take care of my family.
Finally after almost 3 months of this I was researching on the internet one day looking for anything or anyone who had my same symptoms (You’ll learn this about me, I research EVERYTHING.) I was desperate, and randomly I came across this somewhat obscure website, and let me tell you it changed my entire life! I felt like all of my symptoms were there, and everything that had been happening even in the few months before I had my son started to make sense. My gut flora was completely out of whack! I had too much yeast, and that imbalance was portraying itself with all of these crazy symptoms. I immediately started taking a very strong probiotic, quit eating sugar, bread, and pretty much anything that had or turned into sugar. Within weeks I started to feel so much better, and then within a month almost every single symptom completely disappeared!
This time in my life is gratefully behind me, however, it left it’s mark and planted a seed as do all trials we go through. I remember thinking to myself how completely crazy it was that I was SO debilitated all because of sugar (Which I commonly say is the root of all evil!) All because of the food choices I was making. As I mentioned earlier I have a wonderful and sometimes annoying trait to research everything. I just have to know for myself. So I started looking at my diet, what I was feeding my family, and at gut health which led to more research and more discovering. This has literally been an 8 year journey for me and my family. It has evolved over time as I learn more, and find what works for us. Health is definitely not one size fits all, different things work for different people. However, there are truths that cannot be denied. The reason I really felt almost a responsibility to share my thoughts for the world to read is that these truths are not readily available. You have to SEARCH to find them (Remember that whole research gene I have.) Not everyone thinks about this while strolling down the grocery store isle. what IS in my food, where did it come from, what was it fed, what were the conditions it was raised in, how was it grown? What are all of these additives, what is high fructose corn syrup really? I know I sure didn’t until something happened that made me look at nutrition in a new way.
That is what I want to share with you. How to find your inner crunchy granola self that is just bursting to get out. If you want to read about natural health and what is in our food supply you came to the right place. If you are ready and looking to make changes in your life you came to the right place. If you are looking for real food recipes, and how to use food as medicine you came to the right place. Now as I mentioned before, this is a journey, it has come step by step for my family, not overnight, so don’t feel overwhelmed. Lasting change comes from slow and steady progress, learning along the way. Since this is a process I will be the first to admit, I am no where near perfection. Even though I know certain foods are not good for you, it doesn’t mean I don’t EVER have a weak moment, or find myself in a situation where I was not prepared and stuff myself (And enjoy it!) – those pesky french fries get me every time. I also truly believe in moderation, we can’t be perfect 100% of the time. I do feel better when I am, but it’s impossible for me and my family all of the time.
Well there you have it, a little bit about me, how this all started, and the continuing journey I hope you all join me on. I promise we’ll have fun along the way, (I think I’m pretty fun anyway) enjoy a community of like minded individuals doing their best, enjoy better health, and learn from one another.