This is me a year and a half ago a week out of the PCU at Cedars Sinai severely diseased, anemic and sick. I was told by doctors that I had an incurable autoimmune disease called Ulcerative Colitis and would need to accept a life of steroids, immunosuppressants and other harsh drugs. Without taking these medications, they told me, I would no doubt have to have my colon removed. There was nothing I could do and I would need to learn to just accept it.
This past year and a half has been a bit of a roller coaster to say the least. My rapidly declining health forced me out of my job and out of my apartment, into the hospital and helplessly living back at my parents. I’ve spent the last year changing my lifestyle. I make everything I eat and I invest in real food rather than harmful prescription drugs that ultimately mask your disease rather than treat it. I am lucky enough to have parents who stood by my side and fought for my health too. My dad found a well respected integrative gastroenterologist who believed diet could be a game changer for IBD and my mom spent months cooking up a storm trying anything and everything to make me better. My family and friends are the most supportive, amazing, caring group of people in the world and I really have no idea how I would have dealt with this without them.
If I’m not proof you can treat and heal yourself through food than I don’t know what is. I was literally on my potential deathbed bleeding out any and all of my nutrients. Here I am 1 year later striving to get into the best shape of my life, healthier, happier and the best part – gaining control over my body and health. I still have a lot of figuring out to do with this disease but at least I know there is a bright light showing remission is maintainable. It goes without saying but nourishing, real food now means everything to me.
Autoimmune diseases are becoming rampant across our nation. We have to ask the question, why? Why here? Why are they substaintially more prominent in developed countries? Why are our own bodies attacking themselves? Step back and observe our food industry and take initiative to force change through your everyday purchases. Genetically modified organisms, growth hormones, heavy metals and other engineered chemicals in our food are exponentially increasing disease in each generation. Don’t accept disease as a consequence of ignorance. Choose your health and the health of your families. Buy organic. Support small, local farmers who aren’t being lobbied like Monsanto. Invest in sustainable environmental practices and humanely raised meat and animal products. Don’t accept the status quo because it surely isn’t in our best interest.
Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food – Hippocrates
The awesome blog SCD Lifestyle posted an article about my journey. Check out the link below!