To start off my background is like that of any “healthy” person. I subscribed to the diet most physicians and nutritionist would promote. I had always eaten whole grains, low-fat, I always ate my veggies. I was thin, really active, we lived in the country, I rode and broke horses, I went to the gym . All things healthy people do. I was healthy…until one day I wasn’t.
In 2009 I started to have issues with allergies. They started slowly, airborne allergies at first, then food allergies, soon after everything. I am not exaggerating when I say every thing. In 2010 after two episodes of anaphylactic shock and 9 bouts of strep throat, I was bedridden with a debilitating and permanent headache. My doctor tried many things but nothing would avail. She eventually referred me to a pain specialist. I wasn’t willing to live in a drugged state for the rest of my life so I sought out help from our family Chiropractor. I ditched traditional medicine and started getting acupuncture and massage therapy. Eventually, my headache went away but my health was not 100%.
With that I was able to start my life again, I got a new job and shortly after met my Husband. I ran for a rodeo queen title and won. All the new things made my schedule intense. I picked up another job and just kept going. My busy lifestyle and constant travel did not leave much room for eating well and taking care of myself. My allergies continued to get worse and my health slowly deteriorated. In the mean time, my relationship with Husband was blossoming and he asked me to marry him. That added planning a wedding to my daily agenda. My stress was high and my health dipped to an ultimate low I was losing weight at a rapid rate. On my wedding day I weighed 115 pounds, it felt like my body was deteriorating right in front of me.
After our wedding Husband and I moved into an apartment together. We were putting in offer after offer on homes but were constantly being outbid. Coming from a country home with one neighbor the environmental stimulation was more than I could handle. All the new sounds really affected my sleep. After a few months of little sleep and an inability to eat anything without having diarrhea or throwing up. I felt like my body was shutting down. I didn’t have the energy to get up and do anything. I decided to seek out Medical help.
After some blood tests, the doctor concluded that I was sensitive or allergic to everything she had tested me for. She said due to my allergies my body wouldn’t absorb vitamins. I was not producing the right amount of hormones as a result. She began to send me to specialist after specialist and the bills began to rack up. Although they tried, none of the doctors seemed to help me. Several prescribed pharmaceuticals that made me iller. I was told, I had chronic fatigue, irritable bowel, adrenal failure, masses in my liver, fatty liver and a whole slew of other ailments.
My last straw was when my doctor was sending me to the gastroenterologist because she thought I had Crohn’s Disease. I went home that day and never went back. I read the book “The Makers Diet” and started to really look into the impact my foods had on my body. I read about how you can use wholesome foods to heal yourself. I learned that the gut is part of the immune system. I found that what I had was Leaky Gut and changed the way I live. I stopped using medications and now will rarely take a pill, some of my allergies have gone away and I get sick a lot less often. I still have a bad day now and again but I can feel my body getting stronger.
In November of 2012 Husband and I finally had an accepted offer and bought our own home. With his support, I stepped head on into the homestead life. That is just the beginning of the adventure! My blog is about my journey. If you follow me you will read about my faith, old fashion cooking, canning, gardening, fermenting, animal husbandry and my excessive love of critters!
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