Full Story & 6 Week Recovery Report!

I wrote the following on the plane 2 weeks ago! Enjoyed a vacation filled with surfing, hiking and beach walks which was beyond my expectations. This is truly the best thing I have ever done for myself! So… here’s the back story: 

 

“Six weeks ago I started a drastic elimination diet for the second time, with the goal of being able to take the trip I booked to motivate myself.

I have been sick for nearly 20 years and until this year, doctors were unable to find anything wrong. To sum it up I have an angry letter I pinned above my computer that I wrote to God in November that states – “I want to live my life instead of surviving it”. 

I’m happy to say I’m writing from the plane having been 80-90% improved most days this week. I had so much energy today I not only packed, but didn’t get affected by the 10 degree cold (usually my joints flare) and I cleaned the house AND the basement!

Although I have been posting, I ran into someone this week who mentioned it might help others to talk more about what I’ve done. I resisted posting in depth early on because I wasn’t sure if it would work. Now I know it’s not a fluke because I haven’t felt this much better, consecutively in nearly 20 years. 

What happened:

Exactly a year ago I was in Hawaii.

I had just been fired from my job because I was incredibly tired from morning until night. Tired all day and unable to sleep at night is most accurate. The amount of caffeine/sugar I needed to even function had impaired my ability to groom dogs without making mistakes. It was impossible to stay focused. I loved my job but also suffered constant outbreaks of strep throat, chest infections and a gamut of conditions from pushing myself too hard that made finding another one seem like a wasteful idea. I needed to get better.

At age 30, after spending 18 years self-medicating arthritis, (developed age 12) persistent depression (unresponsive to Rx), sinus congestion, ADD, OCD, PVC arrhythmia, palpitations, anxiety, migraines, inability to sleep, fibromyalgia flares, unexplained rashes, chronic and debilitating fatigue, constant infections, pre diabetes, ‘hypoglycaemia’ and CFS (doctors were approached on many occasions but simply told me to rest more or prescribed drugs with damaging side effects) I had been defeated. A few people also told me it was in my head so I tried the Wayne Dyer approach and there was no progress. It’s also hard to think positive when you feel like you need to be put down.

I simply couldn’t hold a 40 hour job by drinking coffee and loading my system with sugar any more. However if I didn’t take them, I couldn’t get my eyes open. I was scared to fall asleep driving. I couldn’t live with, or without stimulants. I had raged internally as the years went by and my ability to do simple things like go to the gym or ride my bike started to slip through my fingers. I needed a new body.

Having booked and prepaid my trip to Kauai in January 2013 before I got the axe at work I decided to go anyway. Maybe the tropical air would be healing, I thought. The crash when I got there was terrifying. My entire body was so heavy I couldn’t move or enjoy any outdoor activities. I slept on the beach as much as I could and started reading. I have friends on the island who brought me soup and watched me sleep through a camping trip.

In my waking hours I looked up everything I could about fatigue and absorbed every story I could find. No matter what I did I had to beat this because going on disability and losing my dream home were not viable options. With a ton of pets, I couldn’t just check out and find somewhere cheap to live. 

1. Exhaust Medical Options

My first step was extensive blood work when I came back from vacation. My panel the year before had ‘been fine’ apart from the infamous incurable Epstein Barr Virus (MDs are rarely helpful with fatigue) and this time Lyme came up. I jumped on the opportunity of a cure-all and enthusiastically took 3 months of Doxycycline.

What I wasn’t expecting was the change in attitude from my doctor when 3 months were up and I was still exhausted. She ran extensive tests (expensive too – over $3000 in OOP cost to me) and instead of taking my calls mailed me the results. 100% positive for Connective Tissue Disease, varying positives for a few other auto conditions and high cortisol. Sent a letter asking me to go for more tests that I knew I couldn’t afford. I tried calling a few times to discuss the ones I already took but there was no response. My insurance wouldn’t cover a Rheumy/specialist as the blood tests had used up all my benefits. The lady at Horizon suggested I wait until the new year. As it was now May, I wasn’t sure I could survive that long. 

Having established that there was no immediate cure for Connective Tissue Disease, only steroid based management and at this point not even sure where I stood with the Lyme Disease I decided to try the natural approach. After all thanks to my insurance company I had until January to try anything before I could afford further testing and medical treatment.

Having addressed a bad case of arrhythmia 2 years prior brought on by Wellbutrin (it doesn’t contain stimulants, she said) with a 2 week juice fast inspired by Joe Cross’ Fat Sick & Nearly Dead movie I revisited a controversial cure.

2 – Diet

My introduction to the work of Dr Joel Fuhrman came in 2007 through a close friend. Thrilled with a week on greens, she gave me a copy of his book Eat To Live. She excitedly told me about a friend who had eliminated migraines. I had no idea food had any affect on health so fascinated I read it right away and did see great energy benefits by adding greens to my diet and quitting meat (I used to be on the candy/flour/ burger diet) but working in the restaurant industry made any strict adherence impossible. Plus when you are addicted to foods the withdrawal doesn’t mix with working with the public. I drifted through various yo-yo ETL cycles but only every managed a moderate version of the plan. Potato chips, french fries and candy were all still part of my daily routine. 

However, I did have the book memorized. As soon as these 2013 health diagnoses started mounting I was well aware that my situation was exactly what Fuhrman talks about in his books. The reason my doctor couldn’t help me wasn’t because she sucked, but it was because my entire system had gone to hell and treating any one ailment may have masked the symptoms but wouldn’t have restored balance to such a broad spectrum of problems. I remembered that he had helped many patients with similar problems such as mine like Lupus, Fatigue and even some Lyme patients.

In the summer I embarked on a 2 week juice fast, (mean green – kale, celery, apples and lemon) followed by an elimination diet. (foods added in one by one, every 2 days) All my symptoms subsided after a short herx period and a simple diet of fruits and vegetables. No processed foods or sugars. Nuts, legumes, grains and most seeds created GI problems and flares when reintroduced.

Feeling fantastic, still not convinced about the science of nutritional healing, I decided to give in and enjoy vegan pizza. The pain was immense and immediately crushing brain fog, depression and sugar cravings returned.

For some reason I just couldn’t get back on the diet. In denial. I decided it could be the Lyme returning but a Lyme Specialist wasn’t in my budget. I was determined that there had to be a way where I could still enjoy my favorite foods in moderation. Dairy congested me immediately so I knew it was bad and gluten/rice caused intense cramps but I felt so depressed and miserable I kept eating bread products and sugar anyway. The only reason I didn’t gorge on dairy was ethical.

The result of this ‘moderation’ was spending Labor Day in bed with massive joint swelling, once again not wanting to go to the ER because of cost.

As they say in AA, half measures were getting me nowhere so after much research on GI issues I began to understand that my gut was most likely damaged from large amounts of alcohol, my poor diet, my ignorance to my own gluten sensitivity, the Lyme, the Antibiotics (PCP didn’t warn about the importance of probiotics). I also knew that the Lyme could still be hanging out, along with a Candida overgrowth characterized by a sugar addiction that would have me doing disgusting things like eating boxes of chocolates in one sitting and eating candy from morning until night. I used to eat entire boxes of Ferrero Rocher in one sitting, or a jar of Nutella. 

I knew I needed to get back on the fruit/vegetable diet that soothed my symptoms and also detox and heal my system so I could potentially reintroduce nuts and seeds as a protein source.

Bill Clinton reversed Heart Disease with plant based. Venus Williams reversed Sjogrens with a raw vegan diet. Now it was my turn.

I picked my herbs/vits from journals online and Dr Fuhman’s immune boosting suggestions.

I ordered Herbastat, Haritaki and Samento to help kill the bugs. (nothing to do with Fuhrman – not on his plan)

To help my system heal I ordered L-Glutamine, D3, Zinc, B12, DHA/Omega 3, D-Ribose and an Iodene supp which is commonly deficient in vegans. Turmeric also goes in my soups which is an incredible anti inflammatory.

I ordered Primal Defense Probiotics and S Boulardi to help heal my digestive/immune system.

3 – Cold Turkey

I decided to start it all at once because I knew there was no point trying to heal the digestive system while poisoning it. Having just injured myself by eating inappropriate (but amazing) food over Thanksgiving, and having a break in my work schedule in December, I decided it was now or never. I was spending most days in bed, a shell of a person.

Fasting would have been too much on my system, but thanks to my elimination diet in the summer I knew what foods were benign.

For two weeks I was bedridden, taking my herbs and studiously adhering to a variety of whole, blended or souped fruits and vegetables. During the detox I felt so much worse so I found message boards to complain on. Everyone told me to keep going. I took it one day at a time, every ounce of me wanted chips, candy and pizza but I knew this time I couldn’t fail.

My digestion was so terrible I blended anything I could and can’t stress enough the importance of CHEWING FOOD PROPERLY. 

An acceptance letter to TCNJ for graduate studies came in the mail and I pinned it up to stay motivated. I also stumbled across an incredibly low fare for the trip I am taking today and booked it with insurance of course. The idea of both overwhelmed me so much, but I remembered feeling good in the summer, better than I had since I was a small child. It was a huge risk to plan on anything when things had gotten so bad.

There was no sudden event or realization when the detox was over, I simply started spending more and more time out of bed. By the third week I was awake and feeling alive again. I switched to an all juice diet for 5 days with no detox symptoms which made me feel good about backing off the herbs I was taking. I tried reintroducing potatoes and within hours I had symptoms. Nuts and legumes still gave me stomach aches. Processed food knocked me out for a few days.

I didn’t go all organic but I did stop drinking tap water to help myself detox.

4 – Acceptance

I am learning to love my new diet instead of fighting it. I make great soups (using minimal Himalayan salt and coconut oil) and deal with my protein phobia (of all the things I have put into my system I don’t know why too many vegetables is a worry) with kale, green beans and bee pollen.

My average day starts hot peppermint tea with lemon (flush!!!) followed by fresh fruit, apples, bananas and avocados – I can blend them with greens or even just have a green romaine/apple juice.

Lunch is a salad with fruit/vegetables and dinner is almost always a soup or heavy vegetables like squash. 

I don’t buy anything with a barcode (without having a reaction!) and if I have to eat out I’ll get something super plain like steamed vegetables. Salad dressings seem to be an allergen so I stuck with lemon and minimal oil.

As I have been mostly unable to work it’s been on a budget. Costco is a fantastic resource, as are Asian markets. My local Stop  n’ Shop has an expired produce stand that is excellent. Blaming the cost of healthy foods is just an excuse, I can assure you that medical care is much more expensive. Avocadoes, Kale, Apples and Green Beans are all inexpensive when bought in bulk. One doesn’t need exotic super foods, acai berries or wheatgrass shots to regain health!

5 – The Results

I am only 6 weeks in but the reason I don’t mind giving up processed foods is because I literally feel like a new person.

Chronic fatigue had affected every part of my life to the point where I could no longer work and had spiraled into a myriad of health issues. If anyone has seen The Lord Of The Rings, you will remember when the King Of Rohan is cursed and becomes weak, unable to think for himself.

I literally couldn’t get through a day without feeling overwhelmed. I avoided people and friends because pretending to seem engaged when I was exhausted, was exhausting. I would snap at the people I loved and I couldn’t even think positive because it felt like there was a fog in my brain. This summer I cried watching people bike past my house because I felt so sorry for myself.

I didn’t want to live, so I killed myself. I changed my life and who I am. I stopped and listened to my body to find out what foods I could eat instead of binging on the ones I couldn’t. I bought an array of books to change my mindset and help me love myself enough to stick with this. 

It doesn’t matter whether I was toxic and malnourished as Dr Fuhrman would suggest, allergic to harmful components in grains, nightshades and lectins as the Paleo crowd advocate or just so emotionally wounded that stress created this.

In 6 short weeks a laundry list of symptoms has been resolved by around 90% and growing depending on which days I adhere to my healthy diet. Now it’s the new year I don’t need a specialist after all, just a new PCP to help monitor blood work. I had to stop by the doctor to get a shot and it was fantastic to answer no when asked if anything else was bothering me.

I will continue to post and this is just my journey, if others do not believe in natural healing that’s totally fine – I just tried this as a last resort and thankfully it was a success. I am not advocating for anyone else to refuse or ignore medical advice and everyone may have their own route to wellness. I just hope everyone is as lucky as I am and that they can find their way.” 

And at 8 weeks – at the time of posting:  

Fatigue: 90% Improved – only issues have been associated with deviance from the diet

Insomnia: Gone

Brain fog/confusion: Gone

Digestion problems: Beans & seeds are now OK! 

Joint Pain: Gone (took over a month) 

Exercise ability: From trouble walking to heavy cardio such as surfing and intermediate hiking.

Headaches/Migranes: Not one since detox period ended. 

Fibromyalgia/Skin Sensitivity: Gone, but flared when potatoes/tomatoes were reintroduced

Immune System: One sinus infection from dirty sea water, resolved in less than 3 days

ADD/OCD: Keen to keep house organized and clean, better focus

PVC/Arrythmia: Gone

Dependence on coffee: Gone

Other benefits:

Immediate tanning, instead of burning in the sun. 

10lbs weight loss

Reduced muscle pain after exercise. 

Sharp memory, eyesight & smell

To be continued… 

 

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The Superfood Binges

Other than our Florida cousins, most of us end up paying double digits for any fruit of the ‘superfood’ variety. I agree with Dr Fuhrman that most of the hype is nothing more than crafty marketing but there’s no question of the benefit of whole fruits. Some in particular such as the Noni have been used for healing in Polynesian tribes for hundreds of years.

On my annual trip to Kauai (I’m thrifty and get good deals) I’ve been loving finding Noni’s (cheap but disgusting), Sour Sop juice (with mint… to die for) and the Mangosteen at roadside stalls. Stores seem to have the standard fare but if anyone is eating right and traveling be sure to look at local produce markets!

I will add pictures when I am home but my favorites have been the Mangosteen (gross shell, incredible center), fresh passion fruit, rambutans (lychees with a fro) and my favorite, the EGGFRUIT. This mango shaped delicacy is grown in Florida too but has a unique dry texture like an egg. And it TASTES LIKE CAKE!

I found a local lady who will send Noni juice from her farm to the mainland for $75 (two giant mason jars which is gross enough to last a long time) – if anyone wants her info let me know.

Other than my distaste of the cold, this trip has compounded my theory that humans are best suited to the tropics. Where else do cakes grow on trees!

Conquering Cravings

It seems like it’s human nature that as soon as we get our heart’s desire, we take it for granted. 

Like a girl I know who was really sick for nearly 20 years, found a limited diet that resolved most of the symptoms but kept getting in her own way by rolling the dice with foods…. 

It started last night with a can of lentil soup because I was starving and couldn’t be bothered to cook a healthy meal. I’m allergic to tomatoes but there was trace amounts in the ingredients. I figured maybe it had magically gone away in the last week since I last had a reaction. Poof, skin pain all night. Instead of letting myself detox I did the unthinkable and bought ‘healthy’ chickpeas… coated with vegan chocolate! This occurred this morning. Within 30 minutes I was drugged like Emma’s encounter with the Mad Hatter on Once Apon A Time. Eyes heavy, legs weak, walked around looking for flip flops while I had them on…

In my past I might have decided to just go get pizza at this point but I’ve learned that when you are eating well your body can usually flush out toxins pretty fast. I also know that the only reason this happened is because I am traveling, didn’t plan my meals correctly and most of all went into a health food store hungry ( I have posted this before, but these can be the most dangerous places for someone on a healthy LID).

There are certainly great ways to control cravings. Juice fasting, never shopping hungry and filling up on greens consistently as part of a balanced diet. 

However almost everyone on this path will eventually be caught unaware & some badass willpower will be required. I may have to force myself to purchase and consume bananas. Sometimes I use the AA trick, I won’t have it just for today. I’m spiritual so I also pray for help with cravings. Food can be nothing more than an addiction, wrapped up in a package saying Vegan & Gluten free. The real problem food – sugar – sneaks into nearly everything. No worries for those who can tolerate it but I need to remember I’m not everyone else. It’s not my diet that’s extreme, it’s the fact I was in bed all last year that I need to focus on. And now I’m not. Plus I hiked 6 miles on a solid mud trail that seemed uphill both ways this week before my food failures started. The new me doesn’t run on chocolate.  I’ve messed this up before and can’t ever let that happen again. 

Back in love… with EXERCISE!!!

Most people who turn into giant sacks of autoimmune disease and fatigue know the hardest part is not being able to do the things they love any more. 

Well, I’m pleased to report that not only am I feeling great 2 days into my vacation in Hawaii (though airplane nuts, hummus and dried fruits were not my friend) but I managed to go surfing today… for 3 and a half hours. I’m so giddy with happiness I want to go dance along the edge of the cliffs and tell everyone that my body is experiencing a miracle. I have missed this feeling of total relaxation after a long workout for so long I want to pinch myself. 

Unfortunately, I know only too well that this is no spontaneous recovery cased by Aloha Spirit because the last 2 times here I was really sick and had to spend most of the vacation in bed or sleeping on the beach which infuriated the hell out of me to the point I didn’t want to come back. 

But as luck would have it,thanks to changing my diet I am a new person and I truly am getting a second chance at life.

My trip here took over 20 hours because I wanted a cheap flight and I was suitably cranky after subsisting on $2 bananas and nuts during my journey. The nuts reminded me why I can’t eat nuts. It was hard to avoid the familiar smells at the airport, but I know cookies, potato chips, candy and sandwiches are to me as icebergs are to the Titanic.

When I landed I went straight to Costco and got crates of papayas (local), organic greens, local bananas, a crate of green beans and pineapple which has been a great high energy diet for my trip. The extra sugar hasn’t been as issue but I’ve been very active so far. Not perfect Eat To Live but I don’t have a stove so it’s raw or canned for me. Met friends for dinner and had a great salad… so local it still had blades of grass in it. I decided to eat those too. 

At this point for me it’s about just avoiding anything that blows up my GI tract and creates bloating. That’s the last thing left to truly figure out. I bought dried apricots and had to give them away because they hurt me to the point I could have passed for a puffer fish. Since my run in with the yeast I haven’t had any fatigue, mental or immune issues. Just lots and lots of energy. I need less sleep every night. 

Been doing a lot of reading too (think Louise Hay, Rhonda Byrne etc) to try and help my mind adjust to this new and wonderful change in my life. I want to make sure I’m not only physically fit, but that I become mentally and spiritually fit enough to stick with this diet and channel all the energy it creates into positive, creative and fulfilling avenues. I am fully aware that my diet and negative lifestyle got me sick in the first place and I will never let that happen again! 

Yeast When You Think You’ve Figured It All Out

Apparently, every time I start feeling better I buy into all the people around me who believe health comes and goes and that elimination diets simply mask spontaneous remission. Well, I have to remind myself… I’m not better… I just have allergies.

So I’ve kept up with my elimination diet, something that would make anyone proud.

But I decided to do to the health food store (as I have written before, it is the most dangerous place on earth because processed foods look healthy there) and picked up Nutritional Yeast and Packaged Salad Dressing.

I started feeling crappy yesterday after a few sprinkles of the flakes of death and didn’t put it together but went to a healthy vegan place today for lunch and I picked a salad that has everything I usually eat, with dressing, seeds and lots of nutritional yeast.

Before I realized what was happening, this afternoon I became itchy, depressed, lethargic and pouring nutritional yeast all over snacks at home. Food cravings for unhealthy foods off the charts… and cravings for N.Y. off the charts.

Then I realized, this is how bread makes me act/feel. Right now I don’t care about anything other than going into the kitchen and eating the whole container of nutritional yeast. Definitely the allergy/addiction syndrome. Before I quit bread I would do horrible things like eating 5 baskets of it in the restaurant, finishing large pizzas alone and of course sitting in the parking lot at Wegmans eating loaves of fresh baked garlic bread. If the world was ending, I would do it again in a heart beat. But having suffered with a lifetime of fatigue and depression that has been unresponsive to medication and goes away on a strict diet or juice fast I am pretty sure where I stand with myself and the white stuff.

Depression/fatigue is so funny, even though I have felt amazing all week when it comes it makes you feel like the world is ending and you will never ever get better so should just go on a food binge. I need to remember that this too, shall pass.

Super stoked to have a decent health insurance plan through the new system so I can go get tested soon and find out exactly what is good and what is a trigger in case there are foods I am missing… as there unfortunately seem to be many. Yeast unfortunately is going to go on the list & the rest of the container… into the dog’s food. It’s good for them, just apparently not for me.

no marmite

 

A little research pulled up this list of products that contain significant yeasts, most of which I have already indicated as triggers. I have been known to eat Marmite from the jar and used to eat cheese by the pound.

  • Anything fermented (vinegar, alcohol, bean paste, soy sauce, etc.)
  • Any baked good with baker’s yeast (pizza dough, bread, etc., including most sourdough breads)
  • B Vitamins, unless stated that they are not from yeast
  • Barley malt
  • Beer
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Buttermilk
  • Canned or bottled juices
  • Cheese (all kinds)
  • Cider
  • Citric Acid (this used to be made from citus juice, but is now made from fermented corn)
  • Dried fruits such as apricots, figs, or raisins
  • Flavor enhancer (usually MSG, though it may also be yeast extract)
  • Ginger Ale
  • Grapes
  • Jams/ Jellies
  • Lactic acid (generally made from fermented corn or potatoes)
  • Liquor
  • Malt
  • MSG (produced from fermentation of starch or sugar)
  • Mushrooms
  • Raisins
  • Aged meats (sausage, bacon, etc.)
  • Black tea
  • Grapes
  • Malted barley flour
  • Olives
  • Peanuts and peanut products
  • Preserved or pickled foods
  • Root beer
  • Soy sauce, miso, tamari
  • Strawberries
  • Tempeh
  • Vinegar (and foods containing vinegar, such as olives, mustard, ketchup, etc.)
  • Wine
  • Yeast extract  (autolyzed, hydrolyzed)
  • Yeast spreads such as Vegemite or Marmite, etc.

 

 

So This Is What Energy Is

Well I always did wonder how people manage to get things done, work jobs, keep the house nice etc etc.

I woke up this morning literally BUZZING with energy… I drank coffee/alcohol for 15 years to try and self medicate my health situation but nothing can compare to this feeling of unlimited energy with a calm, clear, collected mind. Cleaned the kitchen and now I’m working on reformatting my iPhone which is something I have been putting off since it broke 6 months ago. 

Yesterday I managed to get over my roadblock of not being able to read (it used to put me to sleep like many others with extreme fatigue issues) and really enjoyed some great books about thinking positive… something that I have been doing a lot lately.  

The North East has been hit by a foot of snow which normally would make me panic because snow takes so much energy to clear but this year I’m not worried – just enjoying my green juice and getting ready to go out there and take some pictures for the magazine I work for. 

My energy, like everyone has been cyclical the last few weeks but it seems lately the peaks and highs are getting better and better and there are much longer windows of productivity.

However, I do not consider myself ‘cured’ or ‘in remission’ because I did the same thing in summer (detox diet) and got sick again as soon as I decided I was cured and could go have vegan pizza. My health is returning conditionally, after a probable lifetime of dietary intolerances and I’ll probably have to eat this way for the rest of my life. 

The hardest part of course, will be sticking with this as I have failed before. I find health food stores to be even more dangerous than conventional due to the number of ‘health promoting’ processed foods they have. Bought a block of Daiya cheese at “Deans” yesterday which literally made my stomach growl so loud that my dogs were scared. Thinking back, a lump of plastic made of pea protein, chemicals and synthesized plant nutrients really isn’t whole food and it’s undigestability should have come at no surprise. Coconut yogurt (plain) was fine so I am hoping to get more seeds back into my diet if things keep going well! 

Here’s what I am doing so far: 

16oz Peppermint Tea with lemon to wake up 

16oz apple/romaine juice (really cheap as these two things constantly show up in the expired produce cart at Stop n Shop) 

16oz banana/greens smoothie

Giant salad with lots of avocado (I’m skinny!!), apple and spring greens/kale

Daily thick soups with any vegetables – no nightshades. Bee pollen and hemp hearts added.

Steamed veggies/squashes if still hungry.  

Can’t afford organic apart from leafy greens but it’s working regardless.

Supps: 2 Pbx, D3, Omega3, Cal/Mag/Zinc, Iron, B12, Ribose & Zinc

Healthy New Year!

Started my Eat To Live New Year going strong with a large salad from Fins and a berry smoothie. Happy to say, the way I am feeling lately I could have cared less for champagne and a rich meal. 

When I started my 100% vegetable/fruit diet just over a month ago my goal was to be able to function during a week away in the tropics that I booked to motivate myself! Happy to feel less scared about the thought of the trip, or starting school when I get back because I am feeling so much better. I leave in a week and am feeling stoked!

So as I’m already on a pretty healthy diet – for New Years I’m only making a few changes. 

1) A Salad EVERY DAY! 

2) A Green Juice, EVERY DAY! 

3) A Green Smoothie, EVERY DAY! 

4) Clean the juicer, EVERY TIME! 😉 

I also don’t allow myself ‘cheats’ because as a yoyo ETL’er for 5 years – I quickly learnt that moderation can lead to boxes of chocolates and also that my health got worse, instead of better when I wasn’t getting out of the way and just letting my body heal. 

I had to cut out legumes, tried adding peas back and quickly puffed up. On great probiotics but I may have to wait a few months before I can diversify – or maybe I can’t! 

I haven’t had the luxury of running blood work (which didn’t show any major problems in the first place other than immune disorders and EBV/Lyme) but so far – one month later – my energy is up about 60-80%, depression/mind fog is gone (after a lifetime – must have been grains) and I even managed 2 days skiing/snowboarding (Vitamix came for the trip).