In 2011, I was turned onto the paleo diet at the beginning of my battle with chronic illness. At the age of sixteen, I was diagnosed with mono, adrenal fatigue, fibromyalgia, leaky gut, two blood disorders (thalassemia and pernicious anemia), depression, a pile of allergies, and later Hashimoto’s Disease.
I went from being extremely active, full of life, to feeling like a 100 year old woman; unable to walk or even lift a glass of water (yes, for reals).
In my teens I was on bed rest. Like, the doctor didn’t even want me going to the fridge to make a sandwich. Exercise was out of the question. Eating anything was nearly impossible and I was limited to a handful of veggies, nuts, fish, and chicken. Period. That season of my life was filled with more doctor appointments than I could count, miserable nights of pain, and too many diagnosis and still unanswered questions.
My relationship with food has been complicated, filled with tears and pain. I have restricted my diet. Counted calories. Tried eating strict paleo for years. I did everything textbook right, even perfect. But even doing all that my health problems still stared me in the face and I was a big heaping pile of pain.
The fix? Seriously, I tried a bazillion things. But I can’t say that paleo (or any of the millions of health care practitioners and pills) cured me, because they didn’t. I love paleo and I think it’s rad and super brilliant to focus on eating whole foods. But I believe in balance and abundant life even more.
The only reason I am standing here alive today, breathing, and eating alll the (delicious, healthy, foods I actually like 😉 ) foods is because Jesus loves all his children enough to redeem us from suffering and show us abundant life, freedom, joy. He blessed me immensely with a second chance at truly living!
I would eat one bite of banana and my whole system would completely shut down. My temperature would drop to shivering, I would be left unable to talk because I was so weak. But God restores all. He showed me truth and helped me to walk in it. This is why I can eat all foods now! My love for whole foods hasn’t changed because I can eat anything, it’s grown! I am 100x more in love with real wholesome food now then when I couldn’t eat everything, because in freedom there is JOY.
I don’t live by a specific diet. I don’t live by rules. I don’t live by a diet and I don’t restrict my foods. These are the truths I live by. I live by love. And I eat healthy food because I love it and it’s one of the best gifts from God!
Check it out, it’s life changing!!
“Go then, eat your bread in happiness and drink your wine with a cheerful heart; for God has already approved your works.”-Ecclesiastes 9:7
Now, I try my best not to think about/beat myself up for what I eat, when I eat, or how much or little I eat. I don’t count calories, I don’t limit my foods or portions. I thank God for loving me and blessing me with the food he created, and I love to make beautiful and tasty recipes out of it!
Thanks for joining me on this rad adventure. Be sure to stop in and say hi over on Instagram (because you can usually find me there sharing pictures and stories of my daily munchings).
“Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.” -3 John 1:2