After a couple weeks of feeling really good, I started feeling pretty bad again, which did nothing good for my state of mind and left me with a feeling of taking one step forward and two steps back. I spent the rest of the summer doing only the things that had to be done and living mostly inside my own head where I went back and forth between thinking that I was going to be totally fine and that the medications the doctors wanted me to take were going to make me even more sick.
Quinoa pasta with peas, arugula and sun-dried tomatoes
Guacamole with homemade flaxseed "tortilla chips"
Warm quinoa with homemade granola, blueberries and coconut milk
Garlicky greens in coconut oil, mung bean kitchari and kombucha
And then the phone rang.
It was a different woman from the pharmacy telling me that she was very uncomfortable with a Saturday delivery and would it be ok with me if we rescheduled the shipment for Monday with a Tuesday delivery?
Coconut chai smoothie
Oatmeal with raisins, apples, almonds, unsweetened coconut, coconut milk, coconut oil, maple syrup and chia seeds
Almond milk with coconut oil, vanilla, maple syrup and cinnamon
At this point, I've given up gluten, corn, soy, dairy, tomatoes, white sugar, caffeine, chocolate and coffee. They say that if you give something up for 21 days your body doesn't crave it like it may have before. I'm here to tell you that 21 days later, I still want cheese, coffee, sugar and chocolate. :) But I'm slowly finding other foods to substitute and honestly, if it means feeling good vs. feeling like I did before, I'm good with leaving it all out forever. But I'm hopeful that if I can heal my gut over the next couple of years with this diet and learning how to better deal with stress and adding in some supplements, that maybe I can add back a little chocolate, cheese pizza, a cup of full-caffeine coffee per day and the occasional bit of white sugar. We'll see.
Special thanks to my mom for sending me Dr. Blum's book (aka my new best friend - I've been cooking recipes from it and referring back to it every single day)! I'm so thankful to be feeling better and more like myself. For more info on the book or to learn more about Susan Blum, check out her website here. If you have an autoimmune disease (Hashimoto's, MS, Graves Disease, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.) I highly recommend at least reading the book. It made so much sense to me and is already helping me feel better without harsh drugs.
Just a little update on my road to recovery! We've been enjoying some cooler temps (the highest temp this week is going to be 78!), the return of fall baseball, and Annabel's first ballet lesson. Wishing you a lovely and healthy start to your week!