It’s been a while since I sat down to write. Updating weekly was a lofty dream, but I honestly did not think it would be this long. Oops.
Honestly, I was hoping by now that I would have a glowing testimony of healing. I’d be an energizer bunny and the brain fog would be completely gone. But, the truth is, healing has been a slow process. The exciting thing is that my good days are now outnumbering the bad ones. When I wake in the morning, I actually feel like getting up and working. THAT is a miracle. There’s 10 pounds less of me to go around and that alone makes me feel better. I ran for the first time a few nights ago and it felt amazing. I’m excited to exercise now that I’m feeling better.
The most frustrating thing currently is that my head will break out in this itchy rash that oozes and burns. It’s SO disgusting. The other night I got the vinegar bottle and just poured raw vinegar over my open wounds. It burned something fierce, but it helped! I haven’t taken the time to research much, but maybe this is a yeast infection? It goes hand-in-hand with hypothyroidism, so maybe it just takes a while to get rid of it?
The diet is much easier now that I can have nuts, seeds, night-shade vegetables etc. I can enjoy so many more yummy foods! Funny story: Kay and I got together to make lots of new foods since our diet wasn’t as restricted anymore. I was trying it all and didn’t have self-control, because I COULD EAT AGAIN. Bad idea. In the middle of the night, I was on the bathroom floor, as sick as dog. (Or worse) It was like my body was screaming “WHAT IS ALL THIS FOREIGN FOOD? GET RID OF IT!” It was then I remembered that you should introduce new foods sloooowly. Duh. The cool thing about being on a strict diet for 6 weeks is that now my body will let me know if I eat something it doesn’t agree with. Like I have my own built in system that talks to me. Pretty cool huh? Like I can cheat on dairy and it will hardly faze me. Sugar & starch on the other hand, send me reeling.
Kay and I went for round 2 blood tests last week, so in 2 weeks I meet with the doctor and discuss the results. It’s been so fun to do this journey with someone, and Kay and I have made good memories through it all.
One of my weaknesses (just ask my sisters) is to think that changing your diet is the ONLY way, and that everyone else should do it too. I tend to be narrow-minded and opinionated, so I need to keep reminding myself that everyone is on their own health journey and I need to have grace in that area. I will never have all the answers and neither will anyone else. If you happen to be reading this and I’ve come across that way, please forgive me.
There are many things happening spiritually, physically, and emotionally, so much so that I can’t write about them all now. But hopefully one day, I can put more of it in writing. For now, my health continues to improve and I anticipate greater things being in store.
Hypothyroidism doesn’t stand a chance against my Heavenly Father. Amen.
P.S. Here’s a few pictures of the food we had a blast making, laughing & talking all the while. Breakfast cookies, kale chips, chicken fingers, sweet potato fries, & chocolate. And that’s not even all of it. It’s amazing what you can make that’s dairy-free, sugar-free, egg-free, grain-free, and nut-free. Thank God for Danielle Walker and her Against All Grain cookbook!