Here is where I introduce myself and give you an idea of where I come from and why I started this Blog. In 2010 I was diagnosed with M.E./CFS and that was after two decades of misdiagnosis. I have started to believe in myself and find ways of making a life, managing symptoms and using those methods and nutrition to help myself, and I am passionate about sharing those methods with others so that I can help. This isn’t one of those Blogs about “Clean Eating” – I am not going to suggest that a grain free diet or vegan diet is the answer. Some people do find that type of method helpful, but I think in my experience more people actually find those types of methods unattainable – and impractical. Unless you are a diagnosed Celiac etc., I don’t see the point in going on the extreme diets and as I publish each recipe and post I will explain and expand a bit more. I’m not going to go down that route, what I am going to do is welcome you all into my life and my methods so that you can slowly start to make changes, let go of the old you and embrace the new. Whether you are mild, moderately or chronically affected, whether it be M.E. or an Auto-Immune Disease, or any debilitating Illness – my purpose is to provide a lifestyle choice that can be adopted and adapted by all those around YOU so that everyone can benefit, as well as YOU getting the most out of your life.
I was first inspired to start figuring out alternative ways to be healthy after my experiences with over-the-counter and prescription medication, and bad reactions to it. When I look back through my Medical Records at some of the Medications and Misdiagnoses and compare them to the list of Medications I should NOT be having with M.E. and a PoTs complication, I see that there is good reason for everyone to explore methods properly and make sure the treatment and diagnosis is correct, and do as much for yourself naturally as you can. In my personal experience misdiagnosis and the wrong medications have really stopped my life in its tracks and I really am inspired to help others so they do not have to go through what I have gone through. After many years of misdiagnosis, medications and many side effects and various complications with them, I realized that there were other ways to heal and maintain a healthy life. Having been fortunate enough to have a career that involved some travel, and having traveled a bit in my leisure time as well, I noticed how much better I felt in life at times when I was in a certain part of the world, eating the local cuisine, and experiencing another way of life. I soon started to add up some personal research that in the East fewer individuals were being diagnosed with what I have so that gave me a place to start. Being diagnosed with an incurable disease has been for me a journey of self-discovery and a fascinating exploration of natural healing and the power of nutrition. Instead of being prescribed a “Cure” by the medical system, it has been left up to me to find out what is wrong and what works best to treat it. Learning to listen to your body and what it is telling you is the first step on the ladder to a more successful management of a disease. Adapting to fit with your disease and symptoms can also be a pleasant journey as well as a traumatic one. It just depends on which way you look at it.
The way I think these days about Nutrition is this:
“Nature has an Intelligence of Billions of years – so trust it to give you more than a few solutions. Because although humans and science are obviously pretty intelligent, on the sliding scale along with dolphins, other Intelligent species, and Nature itself, humans are not really that clever. And you only have to look at the many destructive mistakes humans have made on this planet to figure that one out”.
I am not going to claim that my methodology is a Cure-All. But it’s certainly got some Management and Control benefits.