I have, for quite some time now, been reconsidering my approach to the overall care I have been taking of my body in regards to healing the autoimmune conditions that I have been battling. And to be perfectly clear, it's not that what I have been doing isn't helpful....but they aren't necessarily the solutions either. Often times we will take on a 'process' to heal our bodies--which may be a supplement, superfood, cleanse, or workout in hopes that it will be the one thing that was missing from our lives. What I have come to learn along my personal journey of working in the health industry while having a plethora of health issues of my own, is that it's not what you're not doing but rather what you are doing that is causing your problems.
You see.....YOU are the source of your problems and so YOU are the source of your solutions.
When I look at the area of my life that I have struggled with the most, it comes down to my body. My physical health, digestion, thyroid, adrenals, dermatitis, and fatigue.....that's my body the past couple of years. I have experienced ulcers so severe that I have been hospitalized for them. I have had antibody spikes so high that each time I started to train for a marathon I have had to pull myself out...unable to complete my training much less run the race that I paid [way too much] money for. And I have had to call out of work sick because I simply didn't have the energy to make it through the day.....not to mention, physically working with clients is very taxing for those with adrenal fatigue and other immune system conditions. Exhausted would be the word that I would use to describe my body.
For a while now I have been considering what to do. It's no longer about tweaking things with a supplement. Although I believe them to come in very handy. And it's no longer about taking a vacation to see my family. Although that's always an adventure as well. It's no longer about eating more greens, adjusting my macros, going keto, paleo, primal, or heaven forbid, vegan. I'm a meat eater. But it really is about changing my approach to all of these things in general and creating a stronger platform to reset from.
Like I said before, I am a huge fan of a high volume vegetable diet. But that's the one thing that I've never had an issue incorporating in to my diet. And since I eat such a wide variety of vegetables with, honestly, no toxic foods, it makes sense to me that that's what I should be eliminating for a bit. At a later time I will go into the why's of this, but remember when I said, "it's not necessarily what you're not doing, but rather what you are doing that could be causing your inflammation and gut issues" -- something like that. Well since that is now what I truly believe, then that is where I'm going to start.
It's counter intuitive for me to think that if I add something in that it will heal the damage to my gut while I still , potentially, eat what is damaging my gut to begin with. Yes, you can develop either a food allergy or histamine reaction to even some of the healthiest foods. They can TEAR YOU APART, stress out your body, your adrenals, the lining of your gut, contribute to autoimmunity and inflammation in the body. So that's where I am starting. I'm looking at what I do the most of, and reducing the assault from there---regardless of how healthy any one food may be.
For an unspecified period of time, I will be eliminating ALL VEGGIES and going completely primal with my food consumption. I will be eating high amounts of grass fed organic meats, copious amounts of fats from grass fed butter, tallow, and a small amount of organic coconut oil and MCT oil. After the first week, I may incorporate some duck eggs.
You may have heard of this as the Carnivore Diet. I look at it as an elimination diet. Taking out what may be the one thing you could have missed that could make all the difference in the world. Health is such a multifactoral and bioindividual thing that we cannot turn our cheeks to the possibility that someone could be allergic to something as simple as broccoli or asparagus. Hey, if you an be allergic to nuts, why not cruciferous veggies. If you can be allergic to soy and dairy, why not paprika or cumin. Our bodies are so unique, have had so many different experiences, and were born from different bodies whose history is god knows what. So if we all come from a different place, how can we expect to all respond well to the same foods. We can't. This is why not everyone will do well on vegan diets, or keto, paleo, primal, or THIS plan. This is why some people can run marathons while others are better off in the gym full time. And this is why each approach to achieving our goals and optimizing our health has to be about your specific needs.
Look at what you are doing most often. How long have you been doing this activity, diet, and lifestyle. What do you eat? How much of it? How often? This one healthy food, or several, could be what is holding you back due to compounds it holds or your body having developed an allergy or sensitivity to it. It sounds ridiculous to think that spinach, eggs, avocados, and tomatoes could be so problematic for so many. Yet these foods hold the highest amount of histamines = allergy = misery. Think of the thousands of foods in the plant kingdom that could be sending you into a world of needing to medicate yourself just to get through the day....which damages your immune system even more. There is another way. You do have options. You don't have to suffer.
Again, look at what you're doing and you will find the key to what unlocks you from your illness....or your "you-ness. Desperate times call for desperate measures. The longer you go on suffering, the longer it takes to heal. One month of an elimination diet could really hold the answers to the future of your health. What have you got to lose---besides the achy belly, itchy rashy skin, and desperation that comes along from not feeling well.