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This Is What I Eat

I have been fielding some questions lately about what on earth is there left for me to eat since I have changed my diet so much. To reiterate, a little over two months ago, I eliminated gluten, dairy, soda (again!), and fast food from my diet. I also started the process of reducing refined sugar, meats and processed foods. I am not looking to become a vegetarian at this point although that might be a wise idea. However I did discover that the term of my "semi vegetarianism" is flexitarian which means someone who eats meat on occasion. The definition of "on occasion" is quite flexible (Ha! Get it??) At the moment I would say that I am eating a serving of meat anywhere from once a day to once every several days. It really depends on if my body is wanting it or not. I am big on listening to my body these lately!

I have also been wanting to eliminate aspartame and all artificial sweeteners but that has been really tough since it appears that I have substituted those fo…

Journeys That Heal

Fishing boats. Lobster traps. Fishing nets.

Smell the ocean. Touch the sand. Taste the salt from the air. Watch the seagulls take flight. Hear the crashing of the waves.

I am at peace. I am home.

For approximately ten weeks, I have been in a vicious cycle of a health crisis, medical tests, needles, doctor appointments, pain, physical therapy, stress, uncertainty, and fear. My days have been a regimented schedule with minimal flexibility, time, or energy for anything else besides trying to get done what needs to be done and get my body to a better place. Having a chronic illness (Sjogren's syndrome) is tough in general, but adding the events of the past ten weeks have really changed how I have had to function day to day and even hour to hour. Part of the issue has been related to recovering from Guillain-Barre and blood clots in my lungs. Another part of the issue has been trying to manage the severe side effects of the required steroids which are being tried in an attempt to get my neurolo…

Eight Weeks Later - The Nutritional Odyssey Continues....

"Let food be thy medicine, thy medicine shall be thy food." ~ Hippocrates

Eight weeks later I am still following a nutrition plan that I began January 18, 2012. A lot has happened to me in those eight weeks, both in terms of the eating plan and in regards to my Sjogren's syndrome. The Sjogren's syndrome, an autoimmune disorder, has been the catalyst for drastically changing how I eat in the first place.

I have written two previous blog entries on the topic which can be found by following these two links so hopefully I am not repeating myself too much:

Nutritional Healing
Nutritional Healing Update

I started eating this way after hours and days of research in a desperate attempt to try and contribute to controlling my symptoms as my Sjogren's symptoms were worsening relatively rapidly. I have a history of lousy nutrition and being overweight and since my first autoimmune symptoms in December 2007, not one physician has suggested that I do any dietary changes in an …

Boring Details Medical Update

"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.” ~ Maya Angelou

I am a firm believer that the only way through hard times, pain, and suffering is through it. Not around it. So when this week approached with its nine plus appointments, multiple medical tests, and constant hourly changes in my schedule, medications, and therapy, I made a firm decision that I was just going through it. I knew it was not going to be easy, but my approach was one hour, maybe even one minute, at a time.

So far it has been an insanely busy week. It is a huge struggle when you feel like hell physically to get yourself showered, dressed, and prepared for one appointment after another; meanwhile trying to keep track of your other responsibilities such as who's going to care for your dog, how you're going to get places, getting the times right, eating, resting, etc. Throw in a few inches of snow for a messy commute and well, you get the idea....

So her…