My Journey To Better Health And Managing Crohn’s Disease
About 5 years ago it was another Sunday and I was sitting on the couch in pain from having Crohn’s disease, just like so many days, weeks, months, and years prior to it. I was desperate for answers. I started to scour the internet for any and all info I could find about what I could do, to help myself. I had done this many times before and had tried different things with varying success but this time I was determined to find answers. I stumbled across the blog against all grain and from reading the celiac forum I found a company called Enterolab for testing for food allergies. I had myself tested and found out that I was intolerant to gluten among a few other things. I ended going on an elimination diet and what helped me tremendously was the Against All Grain blog and her recipes and cookbook. I also read and learned as much as I could about the paleo diet and read many Chris Kresser’s articles and other paleo related blogs and forums. I also used Elena’s Pantry recipes and cookbooks as well as Mark’s Daily Apple and his cookbooks and started learning everything I could about autoimmune related conditions and diets.
Something that started and felt like such a taunting task, to go on an elimination diet, was not so difficult after all. I was already very well knowledgeable about healthy eating from my years of research but I had never considered elimination diet or going gluten and grain free. I was desperate to try anything at this point. I was tired of being weak and tired and always in pain suffering from a silent disease, putting on a smile outside of the home, since people couldn’t see my Crohn’s and couldn’t imagine what it was like living with everyday pain and other symptoms. I was in my 30s at the time and had lived with the disease since I was 18 years old, when I first got diagnosed. After going on the elimination diet and gluten and grain free I switched to Paleo. I lived that way for a long time but missed milk products, rice, potatoes and Mexican food like crazy. Coconut yogurts and almond milk just wasn’t the same. Not being able to eat tacos was even harder. I even made my own almond milk because I didn’t want to buy the store versions with additives. I slowly started to add some the foods that were not allowed on paleo, except gluten, back into my diet. My body seems to do ok with it all and wasn’t reacting adversely. My pains didn’t come back which was my biggest fear. Fast forward to today, I do what I call a modified Paleo diet. I eat strict gluten free and mostly what nature provides. I stay away from processed foods as much as possible besides an occasional Del taco or an In And Out run with a protein style burger and fries. Who can resist those?? After years of trial and error and determination I’ve found what works for me and I’m no longer in pain besides occasional issues from high stress or glutenation from eating out. I’m also medication free. I now take some natural supplements and use essential oils to help me if I get some symptoms from accidental glutenation or from stress. Essential oils are amazing for managing stress and many stomach issues are related to the brain. I know that to keep my disease in remission, I have to be careful with stress and overwhelm, so I try and stay on tract with taking time for self care every day and utilizing essential oils for managing stress and moods as well as occasional stomach issues. Being a mom and owning multiple business, it’s not always easy, but I try to do the best I can. I let go of the idea of perfect years ago and embrace imperfect. In my eyes imperfect is perfect. I do the best I can and don’t worry about anything else.
If you are struggling or know of someone who is struggling from autoimmune disease, or Crohn’s and colitis, I would love to help. I want to share my journey in hopes of helping others with similar conditions. I truly believe in the statement that food is medicine. There are so many things we can do to help our body to do what it’s designed to do naturally. I’m very passionate about natural medicine, nutrition and using essential oils and nature’s power to support your body so that it can do what its designed to do. I know from experience what a difference all this can make in your quality of life. Don’t wait until tomorrow to help yourself. Start today. Start taking small steps if doing it all at once seems too much to deal with. Throw all junk food out of the house and go buy simple, fresh foods instead. Your journey to better health is so worth it and I’m here to support you. Let’s do it together! Contact me and I’ll help you get started and hold your hand in the process.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.* I’m purely sharing my experiences with managing my disease. Always check with your own doctor if you have existing health concerns.