HOW MY JOURNEY TO HEALTH BEGAN…
I think I’m having a heart attack!
That’s how it felt, as I was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance!
Yet, after a weeks stay in the cardiac unit… various tests – including a heart catheter to see if there were any blockages… I was given a prescription of antacids and sent home.
Diagnosis – a severe form of Reflux!
With medicine in hand, I went home, but continued eating the way I always had – with every bad habit I’d learned since childhood!
Let me explain…
I grew up in a family that didn’t drink alcohol or smoke, but all food — no matter how unhealthy — was considered okay.
Most of my childhood memories – both good and bad – centered around food.
When we had something to celebrate, we celebrated by going out to eat.
When we were sad, we consoled ourselves with comfort food.
When I got home from school, milk and cookies, or some other sweet confectionary, was a ‘tide-me-over’ until dinner.
As I got older and moved out on my own, I rarely exercised, and ate junk food constantly. I paid little, if any, attention to my health.
FAST FORWARD TO 2014
After dad passed away, mom decided she wanted to move to the country… to raise chickens, and grow our own food…
But even then, my bad eating habits and my love of sweet confectionery foods continued…
However, after my third trip to the hospital, and second stay in the cardiac unit – once again told that it was my digestive system, I knew drastic changes were needed!
I began educating myself with different eating plans… Yet I was still having severe pains in my stomach, which now included pain in my gallbladder!
My digestive track was under attack!
In August 2016, I began a severe elimination diet. The purpose – to eliminate the pain!
I was only eating 4 veggies (carrots, zuchinni, spinach and green beans), chicken, and homemade bone broth.
Amazingly, within 24 hours the pain was gone!
The only problem – I quickly became bored with my ‘diet!’
I needed to find a better way to eat. A food plan that would allow me to eat without pain!
That’s when I stumbled upon an eating plan that helped me understand my relationship with food and how it affected my health.
Unfortunately, as good as the plan was, its wasn’t meant to be a long term eating plan…
I needed something that would carry me through this journey we call life!
That’s when it hit me… The foods I was growing and raising on my little homestead was providing me the nourishment I needed for good health!
Henceforth, ‘Farm Cooking’- eating whole fresh foods from the farm, equals good medicine!
Here’s to good health!