“You must master a new way to think before you can master a new way to be” (Marianne Williamson)
It started as a coupe of serious health issues, sparked by a pre-diabetes blood glucose level 3 years ago (my husband’s) and me living in constant pain. Within 24 hours we had purged our pantry and started our 10 day food detox as outlined in this post .
We continued with this strict food detox for much longer than 10 days due to how well it was working for both of us – my pain was subsiding and my husband’s BGL’s were stabilising in the normal range. In fact, we continued on a strict food detox for 60 days before starting to add our eliminated foods back one by one. I had to keep many of the eliminated foods out of my diet for many months – corn, quinoa and dairy were definitely not my friends for a very long time. After 12 weeks I wrote a blog post that you can read here .
I had serious gut issues and only once these were resolved could I tolerate some corn and some quinoa. The day I could add back goat’s cheese was one of my happiest “food” days – funny how the smallest of things become big things!
In the last 6 months I have managed to add fermented homemade yoghurt back into my eating plan. Regarding the nightshades – the only one I have successfully added back without causing any pain, is well-cooked white potato – I can tolerate a small amount a few times a month. I am happy with this as white potato is good as a resistant starch and has many health benefits.
When we started on this journey we were told it was totally unsustainable.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
After 3 years:
- I eat real, whole foods only
- I don’t follow a particular “diet”
- I avoid gluten and soy and some nightshade vegetables
- I eat whole fruit
- I don’t eat sugar
- I make everything from scratch
- I eat when I’m hungry
- I don’t count calories
- I don’t fear fat
- I eat many more vegetables than I used to
- I eat across the colours of the rainbow
- I eat fermented foods daily
- I eat nutrient dense food
- I eat and live mindfully
- I buy as much as I can from farmer’s markets and support local growers and producers
- I avoid the foods that I know inflame me and cause my pain to flare
- I move as often as I can
- I make sure I get at least 8 hours good quality sleep every night
- I drink good quality water
- I walk barefoot on the beach as often as I can
- I walk or sit in the sun as often as I can
- I don’t sweat the small stuff
- I enjoy my red wine
What we were doing before wasn’t working.
What did we have to lose by changing our mindset about food and health?
In fact we lost 80kg combined weight in 3 years. How we did it is totally achievable. What do you need to do?
Change your mindset!