What a difference 2 years can make to one’s life. April 28th 2014, my body was broken. I suffered from chronic arthritis and lived in pain. I was inflamed. I was obese. Every day was a struggle, but of course the rest of the world never knew this. I became a master at masking how I actually felt. I couldn’t hold a pen, I couldn’t write, I couldn’t do up buttons, I couldn’t pull up zips, I couldn’t open taps, I couldn’t open bottles or screw top lids, I couldn’t shake anybody’s hand, I couldn’t cut with a knife, I couldn’t hold a cup by its handle, I could only use a battery operated toothbrush, I couldn’t do so many things and life sucked! I was also wracked with guilt – I was obese and it was all my own fault. Did I really eat that much? No, I actually didn’t. But what I did do, was eat the wrong foods for my body! Facing surgery on both hands, with no guarantee for success, I put on my scientific hat and researched and researched to find out WHY my 50 + year old body was letting me down.
Quite by chance my husband’s body was broken too, but not in the same way mine was. He suffered from obesity too and he was pre-diabetic. Being a male, he wanted to fix himself straight away! Actually, he expected me to “fix” him overnight! Based on my research at the time and the books I had been reading, I chose to do a 10 day food detox with him (based on Mark Hyman’s book of a similar name), to restore his factory settings (and no, he isn’t an Apple). Guess what? I started detoxing and losing weight within the first few days of our food detox, but another miracle was unfolding. My pain started to disappear and within the first 2 weeks I no longer needed to wear my splints on my hands all the time! These results blew my mind – diminishing pain, weight falling off and I was eating so much…three times what I normally ate…and the only exercise I could manage at the time due to my pain level, was walking, so this was not a case of less calories in and more calories out!
You can read about our original Food Detox here.
So the 10 day detox became a 60 day detox and at the 120 day mark, this is what I had discovered.
For 15 months my weight remained stable after losing 31kg, the bulk of it within the first 6 months. I had regained the use of my hands, lost all my pain and my body was no longer broken! My obesity was gone! I then decided my weight needed to go down again and so 6 weeks ago I embarked on my final push to drop the last 10kg that would get me back to the weight I was in my 20’s….
And I’ve done it!
ps My husband’s pre-diabetes is fixed too!