Well I told you a few days ago that I had big news to
announce. So here it is… I am doing a 30 day Paleo Challenge!!!!!!
am really excited because I think this could make a big difference in my life.
Why am I doing this you ask? Who would want to give up
bread? (and yes that is my favorite food on the entire planet!) Eating like
this sounds crazy? Isn’t it just a fad diet?
change. I am not doing this to lose weight. I am doing this to nourish my body,
which was one of my main goals for the year.
Secondarily, I am doing this because I believe it will help Josh’s Psoriasis keep me healthy regarding my Crohn’s disease.
and they suck. He likes to say that if we ever had babies they would be super
heroes because their immune systems would be so strong.
However, it’s no bueno for us. I’ll tell you my story before
I explain Josh’s because I am a lady and we go first.
junior year of high school. I was 16 turning 17 (and yes, I had played Liesl in the school musical –
so fun!) and after a trip to the ER thinking I had appendicitis, they told me
it was Crohn’s. I thought it was fake. It’s not. I learned the hard way that it
was very real.
really and so I became a self-proclaimed meatatarain. I missed the crunch of
lettuce like you wouldn’t believe. They also told me that I would have this
forever, there is no cure, and that I would always have a little pain.
every day to both suppress my immune systems and reduce the inflammation in my
small intestine. Crohn’s basically means that my immune system sends
unnecessary white blood cells to my small intestine which causes swelling,
pain, and uncomfortable problems with the bathroom. (For your sake, I shan’t go
taking my pills because the major pain had gone away. Well, this is the short
version – remind me to type up the longer version in another post – and
basically I let it get so bad that my intestine was swollen and protruding out
of my stomach. I went to school to turn in a math project (#nerd) and couldn’t
button my jeans. It was that bad.
let out until three weeks later with one foot less of my small intestine.
That’s right surgery. I have a huge scar from my naval to pubic bone now, but
the good news is that I have been extremely healthy since then. I pray that God
will bless me and continue to keep me healthy, but I want to do my part too.
Which is why I am doing this Paleo challenge, to remove inflammatory foods from
my diet and help my intestines. (Steps off of soap box.)
too. But what you need to know is that Josh suffers from terrible psoriasis.
You wouldn’t notice because he takes care of himself so well, but it’s covering
about 80% of his body and here’s the kicker: it hurts.
stand that he is in pain. He says it feels like his skin is on fire all the
time or that someone is rubbing sandpaper on a sunburn. Crazy bad.
has even given himself shots once a week – nothing works. So after much
research, I started to think about paleo and if that might help. Danielle
talks about it on her blog, and it always piqued my interest so I gave it
and she changed my life with this post about paleofor Psoriasis. Jackpot!
hopeful about his skin in a while. So we are going to give it a try for 30 days
and then modify if we need to! I’ll obvi post about our progress and offer
yummy recipes and resources.
We dropped around $175 each at Whole Foods last night so we
are both committed. Gotta get my money’s worth.
the following items as they are specifically identified to help auto-immune
diseases if you avoid them.
No nightshades (tomatoes, hot or sweet peppers
or their spices, potatoes, eggplants)
is getting better and he can reintroduce at least eggs.
When I’m cooking for both of us, I won’t be using these
remember I was a meatatarian for a while! However, I did partake in a complete
indulge fest last night. Josh and I went out with a bang. I had pizza,
chocolate chip cookies, milk, cheese dip, beer, and … you guessed it… a French
baguette. I’ll miss you delicious foods, but my intestine and Josh’s skin are
Index: 20.5 (normal 18.5-24.9)