Unless you’re new to A Life I Choose, you probably already know that I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia when I was 27 and had a Transient Ischemic Attack when I was only 30.
My body was going downhill fast. Making it through the day was agony! I knew that if I didn’t get things under control, I wasn’t going to accomplish much in this life…if I got to live much longer, for that matter.
I became certain I was going to die young. How long could a person possibly survive a full life, when their body couldn’t repair itself? The urgency this created within me spurred me to research the condition like crazy!
I implemented whatever lifestyle changes I suspected could be helpful; I meditated, I went to psychotherapy, physiotherapy and I exercised slowly but surely. Many doctors told me that my diet wouldn’t make any difference to the condition but that pills would ease the pain. And, yet, every so often I’d come across a success story – someone who vastly improved parkinsons, MS, autism, cancer, fibro… by switching their diet to more natural, wholesome foods.
On my 31st birthday, I decided enough was enough. I had spent too long hanging onto life by a thread. I was ready to shift my life into 5th gear but I knew I’d need the right fuel to support me to do that. I knew deep down that diet wouldn’t be the miracle cure, but if it improved my quality of life even a little bit, it was worth ditching the pasta. I switched my diet from one day to the next and I’ve never looked back.
In combination with my other practices, switching to a plant-based, gluten-, dairy- and refined-sugar-free diet, boosted my energy, helped me to heal faster, sharpened my focus and lifted my mood. 6 months later, I’m better than I’ve ever been!
I’m not promising you a pain-free life. I still get flare-ups. Sometimes, I work for 2 weeks straight without taking 20 minutes off to hang out with my friends. No shit, part of me’s going to rebel against the constant pressure I put on myself. But, when I’m taking care of myself; when I shift back to 2nd gear every so often to allow myself to heal – this balance, in combination with high-quality fuel, allows me to function at my best! And I love it!
I’ve created my first “What I Eat In a Day” video so that you can get an idea of the kinds of foods I eat. I want you to see that this diet doesn’t have to be restrictive or boring. Eating this way is delicious and so satisfying, once you become familiar with all the options available to you.
If you struggle with a condition that’s limiting your life and you want to gain control of it so that it stops controlling you, seek guidance. A sure way to fail at any challenge is to attempt to face it completely solo. Sign up for your complimentary Lifestyle Strategy Session with me and we’ll create a map for you to move from the struggles you face now, to the life you want to live.
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