Today's guest blog comes from Jennifer, who brings to light a very important subject and likely danger of common over-the-counter medications. This speaks to the importance of living a REAL food lifestyle for optimal health. In times that the body needs additional support, seeking a natural solution is best. Thank you for Jennifer for sharing this!
April 14th, 2013
Here I sit, enjoying a glass of red wine on April 14th, 2013. Today marks TWO years exactly since my last infusion of Remicade, a powerful intravenous drug which helped me to manage the debilitating symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis. Here I share the beginning of my story as well the first year of my heath recovery journey. When I wrote in March 2012, I had been on my gut-healing journey with the GAPS protocol for 1 full year and I had seen great signs of healing. From March 2012 to this April 2013, even more aspects of my health showed improvement, demonstrating even more healing.
July 7th, 2013 (about 3 months later)
Recently, I am all about sharing stories – healing stories; stories of people who are digging down deep and reversing ill health and dis-ease, chronic conditions and truly healing their bodies. In addition to those that I work with individually and whom I coach towards and through their own healing journey and recovery, I also work with clients that are generally working towards preventing common maladies that are typical of Americans: auto-immune disease, cancer, obesity and heart disease, to name a few. They are digging deep too. And guess what? The approach is identical in both scenarios (with different levels of intensity). Simply put, it’s the way that our body heals that also helps prevent the common health maladies. Also, it’s wonderful to see that outside of my work, I also come across more and more people in daily life that are realizing the truth in healing and prevention and taking huge steps. And, they all have a story. We all do.
Since I've been a Health Coach and since I've been through my own healing journey from Ulcerative Colitis, I've come across so many incredible healing stories. My heart literally melts as I learn about the daily suffering. Then, I rejoice in hearing about how they have taken their health in their own hands and how they are recovering from chronic disease.
I'd like to share the story of my friend and farmer, Nora. I met Nora a couple years ago as I discovered her farm Clark Elioak's Farm in Ellicott City, MD. As one of my farmers, I trust her with the food that my family and I eat. As a friend and as a fellow woman who is taking back her health, I feel so blessed to know her and I'm honored to be a part of her health revival.
Here's Nora's story...
Farmer Nora’s Journey Away From Joint Pain (Rheumatoid Arthritis)
and Back to Health with GAPS!
This past Monday, April 8th, I attended the rally Eat-In to Label GMOs at the FDA in College Park, MD. This was actually my first event like this. It definitely won't be the last.
The whole fight with GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms/Foods) right now is for the labeling so that when people purchase food, they know whether it contains ingredients which are genetically modified or not. The fact that they aren't labeled, is completely absurd. This is a clear lie to consumers and citizens. GMOs are banned in Europe! But yet they are safe for people here and me? No, thank you.
I attended a talk last week presented by an integrative internal medicine doctor. Throughout the talk, he consistently came back to a particular term – coherence. He expressed that a lack of coherence is disorderly and chaotic. This can apply to chronic disease and chronic dysfunction both in our bodies and also in the current health care system. He expressed the desperate need for an integrative approach to medicine and healing, to bring us all back to coherence.
The doctor also pointed out that “coherence” and “coherent” are words that mean truth. When you are happy and well, your body, mind and spirit are coherent. Furthermore, coherent truth is something with which you are at peace, even if it is controversial. He provided an example of one’s belief of human life formation from a spiritual and religious viewpoint or from science and logical perspective. That is surely a controversial topic but most times, one is at peace with what they believe.
This distinction resonated deeply with me because the word “chaotic”, describing a lack of coherence, sparked so many thoughts relating to health and our mainstream misleading ways.
About this time of the year, around the holidays, I tend to hear people say things like - “Oh, I gain 10 pounds during the holidays” and “My new diet
and workout plan starts January 1st” (or January 2nd depending on how crazy the New Year’s celebration pans out!)
Are you on a grain-free diet or working on reducing your grain consumption? Are you thinking about all the ways in which grains are a piece in your cooking? Are you contemplating how you can still make some of your favorite dishes without the grains? Don’t worry; a grain-free gut-healing gal is here to help!
Upon implementing the GAPS diet for some major gut-healing, I remember my husband, Brian, saying “But what about gravy? What about making a roux?” Not like we regularly made gravy, but it’s natural to first get stuck on what’s on the “don’t eat” list instead of focusing on the “to eat” list.
Grain-free cooking definitely presents some obstacles, in many ways. Fortunately along the way of my gut-healing journey on GAPS, I have discovered and used several methods to thicken sauces and create gravies without the use of gut-taxing grain-based flours.
Here are a few ideas of how to thicken a sauce grain-free:
This past weekend, it finally dawned on me as to what is ultimately the best way to prepare for an electricity-losing storm with regards to food. I said a big THANK YOU to Hurricane Sandy (even though this is probably one of the few good things that came out of this hurricane)!
On Saturday, I was thinking about the severity of Hurricane Sandy. It was predicted that it was going to pummel the East Coast and leave millions without power in addition to massive flooding.
This storm was big folks and it was predicted so. When it comes to losing power, this is extra worrisome for those that value REAL food and work hard to make this a priority for themselves and their families! REAL foodies live and breathe REAL food! As a REAL foodie home, just about all meals are home- prepared/cooked with fresh ingredients that mainly need to stay in a freezer or refrigerator to keep!
I remember preparing for the loss of electricity in the past, when I didn’t realize how food impacts my health. Actually, back then, I also thought I knew what “healthy” meant. I was SOOOOOOOO wrong!