I love food. I looooooove food. I have memories of being 8 years old, sitting in front of the TV with a snack, super excited because Iron Chef was about to come on. And I’m talking about the original Japanese Iron Chef, where they made things like sharks fin and uni soup with a side of swallows nest. I was fascinated by everything having to do with food, which very much included eating food.
Growing up I spent several years being vegetarian and about two months being vegan, and once I decided to try raw veganism–but that only lasted about 20 hours. It’s all fun and games until you realize you can’t just eat fruit and avocado all day. I’ve pretty much always, to some degree, been concerned with the quality of my food and as I educated myself, by reading many, many books and watching a few documentaries, the quality and source of my food became a lot more important to me. I started adapting to a more “whole foods” diet, but with frequent treats snuck in. This meant more veggies, drinking more water, and eating grass fed and pastured meats, along with high quality fats. I didn’t follow a very strict diet, there was definitely some pizza and ice cream being eaten, but overall I tried to reduce the amount of processed and refined foods in my diet.
Cut to February 2015 and to what I thought was just a 24 hour bug or food poisoning. My 24 hour bug turned into chronic stomach pain and digestive issues with which I’m currently still struggling. I was in and out of the doctor’s office and hospitals and had several tests done. I found out it wasn’t coeliac disease as my GI suspected but was still put on a gluten free and dairy free diet and was told to take Prilosec twice a day. I just got worse. It seemed like everything was making me sick, including “gluten free” foods, and even things that had once been comfort foods. (Doctors still have not been able to figure out what’s going on.)
Luckily, I have a good friend, Anna, who is well versed in digestive issues and paleo/AIP eating. She is basically my food guru right now. (Although she’s probably fed up with all my questions by now…sorry Anna!) As much as I knew about food and cooking I knew little about eating to heal your body. I started following some of her advice and with just a few changes I started feeling a little better. Yes, I had several setbacks as I am often lazy about cooking and have a hard time fighting food temptations but, you know, baby steps. Anyways, this is where this blog comes in…my adventures in adapting to a whole foods lifestyle (and hopefully recovering from whatever the heck is wrong with me). Yay!
In case anyone is interested, I have decided to basically follow a paleo diet but I include potatoes, white rice, and yogurt (limited to one serving a day) and exclude coconut and coconut products (since all of a sudden they don’t agree with me) as well as alcohol, and to try to minimize raw veggies and sugary fruits. If in a couple of weeks I don’t notice an improvement then I will cut out all dairy, but, to be honest, right now I’ve got some tasty grass fed cow’s milk greek yogurt in the fridge that I really want to eat. Yumm.
P.S. Check out Anna’s instagram!