My journey starts somewhere in senior year (probably before if we’re honest). My senior year, I sprained my ankle pretty bad, like in a boot for 6 months bad… I couldn’t straighten my arms all the way, and my legs constantly hurt (Why I didn’t notice all of this sooner is beyond me)
My doctor decided we needed to do an MRI about 2 or 3 months after being put into the boot, he suggested I get an MRI since he thought I might have a torn tendon because it wasn’t healing. After we got the MRI I went into the doctor’s office and he gave me a questionnaire asking if there’s anywhere else that I was hurting, and as I started to fill it out I realized it was just about everywhere. My back, elbows, hands, knees, ankles, and feet… there wasn’t a place that I didn’t hurt, and again why I didn’t think this was odd earlier is beyond me. I thought it was normal to wake up in pain everyday. I thought it was normal to throb from head to toe in bed at night and not be able to get out of bed in the morning.
Most people that knew me at this time, probably didn’t know I was in pain all the time. I didn’t really talk about it, because I didn’t want my illness to define me, and I didn’t want people to know that this was starting to define me, honestly.
When I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis my doctor told me that there was nothing we could do other than medication, that I more or less would be on the rest of my life. Honestly, that wasn’t good enough for me.
I started researching diets that can help inflammation and started very small with a goal to lose weight (I was still about more overweight than I wanted to be at this point, and that was inflaming my joints itself). I had already been “dieting” (in terrible ways) and after this appointment, started researching anti-inflammatory diets.
Then, through researching foods to help inflammation, I found Whole30. This was honestly life changing for me, and I think anyone struggling with whether food can help them relieve symptoms or not should 100% try it! It’s tough, but teaches you great lessons!
Through this I realized beans, whole grains and sugar really bothered me, and inflamed my joints more than my body was already doing for itself. So as I started looking for recipes to go along with this, I came across Paleo. Paleo has been one of the best things for me, I realized my love for learning about nutrition and how the body processes these different things.
Now comes where I am today… I feel the best on paleo and I know it’s what is right for me and many others out there.
Now, lets talk about my struggles with this. I want this to be an open space where I can talk about what I’m feeling… Many dietitians have a problem with eating this way because of the restriction, and because the “heart healthy grains” are being cut out. While they are heart healthy, they aren’t gut healthy for people with autoimmune disorders. I have a hard time learning about all these things in school, yet not believing that any of them are true… I know this is what is right for me, just like being vegan is good for other people. I don’t know why Paleo, or an autoimmune way of eating isn’t considered the same as a cardiac, renal, or a diabetic diet. But, that’s what I would like to try to change as a dietitian. My goal is to reach as many people as I can, and help them realize that it is attainable to feel their best without their medication.
If you look at my Instagram, I haven’t been eating this way, but I’ve been waking up sore and in pain all day, everyday. It’s time for a change, and that’s where I’m heading with this blog. I have been testing if I feel okay, just eating regular food, but I don’t.
I’ve finally hit a wall, and realized that I can live my life fully, and eat paleo. I will, because I want my life to be a realization for others, so they don’t feel hopeless about their symptoms, I want them to feel normal. and included in family events. I want them to feel that medication isn’t always the answer. There are so many other routes, and food is one of those.
I am going to start this transition back to paleo, by starting the fed and fit project to find my perfect you plan from Fed and Fit on May 1st!
Hope you all can understand why this change is happening, and enjoy the new recipes I’ve been working on!! (There’s 2 or 3 coming to you in the next couple of weeks!! 🙂 )