My Journey to eating healthier

I started feeling pain all over my body in the summer of 2007.  I went to a Rheumatalogist and after a lot of tests I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and arthritis in my back.  Of course the doctor wanted to prescribe medication to mask the pain.  I am not a huge fan of medication because of the side affects so I chose not to take the medicine.  As the years went by the pain got worse.  My back and neck always hurt.  I could not stand at the sink and do dishes with my back the way it was.  The all over pain was not a picnic either.  My husband would give me a little love pat on my hip and it felt like he hit me.  I did not want my children to snuggle with me because I hurt.  In the summer of 2011 my husband started doing some research on what I could do to help with the pain naturally.  My husband found a book and asked me to order it for him.  The book is called The New Arthritis Cure by Bruce Fife .  The book came in August. We went to go visit both of our families shortly after it came. I glanced through the book.  My husband read the whole book while we were visiting for the week. I had flown while my family drove because it would have taken us a lot longer than the 24 hour drive if I was to be in the car with them.  Not being able to move around is not a good thing.  Just before we left to head back home my husband said “When we get home I want you to try this.  Let’s see what happens.” The this he was talking about is basically a whole foods diet.  No sugar, white flour, preservatives, corn syrup, etc.  I have a sweet tooth.  Are you kidding me?  You want me to what?  Not by myself.  I was NOT going to watch my family eat good, tasty food while I eat a salad with no salad dressing.  He said he would do it with me.  The following weekend we went to the local grocery store and spent a long time looking at labels of food.  We bought fruits, vegetables, some meat, whole milk, butter, raisins, nuts, beans, grains, sour cream, cream cheese, salsa, coconut oil, olive oil, honey.  We arrived home and our daughters looked at the food and were not too excited.  To tell you the truth I was not excited either but it was worth a try.  If it did not work then I could go back to eating the way I always have.  I craved sugar!  It was tough.  When I craved sugar I would grab some fruit or a teaspoon of molasses.  I know it sounds weird to eat molasses, most people do not like it, but it worked for me. I did not know how I was going to eat my oatmeal. I ate it with sugar, brown sugar and milk.  Well, with honey, cashews, raisins, cinnamon and milk it was pretty good.  I made whole wheat bread, which I had done often anyways so that was not an adjustment.  We found some cookie recipes we could adjust.  I did not know if I was going to be able to do this. Then guess what? After two weeks my pain was noticeably better.  Like half the pain!  No way!!!  No pain!  I can do this!  That was almost 6 years ago and in those 6 years I have had 3 days of pain.  I am grateful every day that I can run around with my grandsons.  I can go hiking with my family.  I can do the dishes.  My hubby can give me love taps and I feel his love instead of the pain.  I can drive halfway across the country.  I can do so many things!

My goal is to take you through my journey to be healthy and free of pain.  I will share recipes.  The question I get asked the most is “what do you eat?”  I will share lots of recipes.   I am excited to share my journey with you!