For those of you who are just joining the blog, I have always led a pretty healthy life. I grew up in a household that promoted an active lifestyle whether that was after school sports or going for a walk on the weekend as a family or eating organic and avoiding processed food.
Through college and even after I continued to live what I thought was a healthy life. I got into weight lifting, started doing yoga more frequently, and made sure that I stretched my monthly budget to allow for organic produce.
Despite all of this, something started to feel wrong in the beginning of 2016. I went to the emergency room and was diagnosed with colitis given some antibiotics and sent on my way. I got over the colitis, but I still felt off. My weight started to steadily rise despite regular exercise and a balanced diet. I started to feel bloated. Soon it felt like I was constantly in the bathroom for one reason or another and it was starting to interfere with my job and my personal life. Finally by August I’d had enough. I was traveling to my cousins wedding, and was constantly worrying about how I felt, looked, and where the closest bathroom was.
My sister had been diagnosed the previous year with severe food sensitivities – gluten, soy, dairy, and eggs. She suggested I cut them out and see how I felt. So I did. In less than two months I had lost all the weight I’d gained and was back down to my “normal” weight. The bloating stopped. And everything seemed back to normal.
Fast toward to today. 18 months later. I am finally getting tested myself for food allergies. While I have felt better, I can feel something creeping back the way I did 18 months ago. I will be starting on a three phase (doctor prescribed) detox / reset focused on decreasing inflammation and supporting a healthier gut and liver.
The tests are in the mail, the doctors appointments are set, the supplements have been started…it’s time to start the journey and get some answers.