I believe we heal on many levels- mind, body, energy body and spirit, and that they all support one another. If we heal in one area, it can help facilitate healing in the other areas. My healing journey has had a lot of factors beautifully interwoven together, but for today, I would like to share some of my story of the physical healing of my body. Our bodies can heal with movement, time in nature, deep breathing, peaceful environments, and a healthy diet. In this story, I’ll be focusing on diet. Diet is the foundation of a healthy body. Our natural state is a healthy state and my heartfelt wish is for all of us to experience the bliss of healthy bodies. It begins with loving them.
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The Cookbook that changed our life!
Food Allergies…. or is it?
We began paying close attention to how we felt after eating different foods. We noticed negative reactions to a lot of things. We stopped doing cow dairy. We tried consuming our goat’s milk raw, but had allergic reactions to it (my nose would get so clogged at night I couldn’t breathe through it.) So we cultured it into cheese, yogurt and kefir (many people are no longer allergic to dairy when it is raw and cultured.) When I was pregnant, I craved dairy so bad that I consumed raw goat’s milk kefir on a regular basis. It was one of my staples. It made my nose a tiny bit clogged, but didn’t seem to make a huge difference, so I continued to consume it. (Now I can’t imagine pregnancy without being aware of the incredible value of nutrition and diet in growing a healthy baby and keeping mama healthy.)
I thought to myself- we can’t possibly be allergic to so many foods!
Food Allergies. Most people hear this word and cringe. Certainly no one wants to hear that they have a food allergy. But, if letting go of a food meant you would feel more energetic, more joyful, have greater stamina, clearer skin, and better overall health- would you give up food you really liked eating?I know our answer- yes! We’ve been letting go of a lot of foods over the years that our bodies don’t like. (It’s not always easy!) There’s been times when I’ve felt embarrassed by our eating choices (adding yet another food to our “no” list) when people think we are crazy, uptight or just plain food snobs. But this is not the case at all. We just love our bodies, we enjoy feeling good in them and we are continually becoming more and more aware of what they do and don’t like. And as we cleanse, our bodies’ tolerance for the ones they don’t like is becoming lower.
Many people have food allergies and most have no clue. Why? Because they are used to feeling a certain way and probably don’t even notice their bodies’ reactions. Food allergies are on the rise. There are lots of different theories why- among them being just a few foods making up most of the diet and foods not properly prepared for digestion. Some common food allergies are wheat gluten, dairy, nightshades, nuts, eggs, bee products, and shellfish.
So Jeff and I paid attention and cut things out of our diet.
But what happens when it seems like you are allergic to everything?
Healing the intestines
That’s when I discovered that if your intestines are overloaded with bad bacteria, that you can have leaky gut- where your food will be undigested and enter your bloodstream. Then you will have an allergic reaction to virtually every food you eat. Aha! I felt like that is what was going on with Jeff and I. I learned about The Specific Carbohydrate Diet, the GAPS diet, and the Paleo Diet. The SCD and GAPS diets are created to stop feeding the bad bacteria and feed the good bacteria. They are for healing the intestines. (You can learn more here: The science behind The Specific Carbohydrate Diet.)
I knew we needed digestive healing. I requested some books from the library and they got one- ‘Breaking the Viscous Cycle’ by Elaine Gottschall. I read it and wow! I learned a lot!
We’ve been integrating some of what we learned. Grains and Dairy were added to the diet with the start of agriculture. During our healing process, we are eating a diet more like that of our earlier ancestors. So, we are eating a grain-free, dairy-free diet. Here’s what we’ve been eating:
-lots of homemade bone broths (to heal our intestines and also for the calcium since we are not doing dairy.)
-grass-fed and pastured meats (in small portions)
-with tons of vegetables. (Since cutting out grains, our vegetable consumption has increased dramatically and we’ve been eating more vegetables than we’ve ever eaten before.)
-lots of raw, fermented sauerkraut.
-sprouted, then cooked, lentils.
We continue to add more raw foods, more fermented foods and more color and variety.
My bowel movements are more regular than ever before. I feel more clean and clear inside. My skin continues to get clearer. I’m so grateful to be learning all of this and to be continually moving towards a more balanced and bright center of health.
Now, I am waiting and hoping our library will get the book ‘Gut and Psychology Syndrome’ because I have so much more to learn. Have any of you read this book? (If you own a copy, I would love to borrow it, I will pay for shipping and I’m really good at returning books!)
We each have our own unique path towards healing. Each body is different. Each spirit is different. We all gravitate towards healing and balance. Each step brings us towards a more wholesome place.
This has been my body’s personal journey towards healing.
How have you found healing for your body?
I would love to hear about your journey.