So my dr said I should be more paleo. I switched mine and my childrens diet over to this diet. I can not say that I have seen much health improvement. My teeth however did better, I didn't have any cavities over the last year. so yay for that. The children also did not have cavities. So I think there must be something to this.
Ultimately, what do i think my problem was related to. I think it was related to SEVERE stress. I was under more stress than I had ever been under from 2010 to 2011 and still now. However now, it is a **little** bit less. I think the severe stress was causing my surge in health issues. I believe the stress put the strain on my system and ultimately caused the influx in food allergies as well and also digestive troubles.
I dont feel like I have as much energy as I did by eating a vegan diet. Overall I felt better eating a vegan diet.
I can't stand the fact that ethically raised, organic kosher meat costs so much that I can not afford it, but I can't stand factory farming and what that stands for and what they do to the poor animals. They treat them like a "product" or "things" as opposed to living beings. They inject them full of hormones and antibiotics and we are getting that into our bodies as well. It is not a healthy cycle. There is a constant war in my mind over this. One that does not need to be there.
So what is my ultimate goal. To scale back the meat eating in my entire household to 3 times per week. I wil see how I feel with that and how my kids feel. I personally, may eventually go back to one time per week. (i plan on keeping the family at 3) I will stay with one time per week of eating meat though. As i do believe there is something to meat eating and teeth. There is a connection. So hopefully one time a week at the end will supply my body with what it needs for the teeth and help keep them healthy and without the cavities.
I am going to notice and pay attention to how my body is feeling though as I go through this. We intend to start this week - 3 times per week meat. rest of the week will be yummy vegan fare. I have the menu plans done and we are excited to get going!
Out is coming the dehydrator and the juicer and also getting the kombucha and sauerkraut going again. Need to take back my life and my health and what i fully believe and have believed for a long time is the right thing to do and right way to live.
Each person is on their own unique journey and what is good for one persons body may be poison to someone else's. Did you know that my personal blood work showed that I am allergic to "eggs, fish (almost all different kinds), and turkey" hmmm... so did coming to my vegan path was it a result of listening to what my personal body was telling me?? I believe it is so important to listen to our own individual bodies. We can not be forced to think that we all fit into a cookie cutter where one size fits all. There are some things that are clearly not good for anyone ie. items with high fructose corn syrup, or soda pop or chocolate candy bars. But when it comes down to unprocessed foods - well have fun. Eat what is good for you!
Did you know that even after 16 years of being a vegan and before I switched to eating meat, I did have blood work dont and my doctors words were that "my bloodwork was stellar" stellar! that was her exact words. I ran a vitamin and mineral nutritional deficiency panel december 2011 and there was only one thing I was low in. calcium. Unfortunately I am extremely allergic to dairy. So that is out. What am I going to do, increase my greens. But really, to be deficient in only one thing was not bad.
I am not sure why I doubted myself. Why do we put our trust in other people to tell us what is good for us and not trust our own instincts? We know our bodies. we live in our bodies. If we stay in touch and in tune with our bodies they will tell us what we need. We just need to be open enough to hear it. We also need to stay aware of our own individual needs. We need to not get caught up in ideologies. Whether one diet is better than another. Ultimately, if you are choosing non processed foods and homemade foods. Whether you are a meat eater, a plant eater, or a little bit of both. Perhaps try not to label it. Dont get caught up in the label. Get caught up in listening to what you need. That is the one thing that I have learned this last year to try not to label what I am doing and to trust and believe in myself and my instincts. I had been doing the right thing for some time. As a mom trust your gut instincts. If you are really in touch with your kids and their needs, you will know the right road to take. Dont be bullied by people that wont listen to you. I dont know how many doctors I had to take my daughter to see. We kept getting referred from one to the next. Unfortunately at that time, I did not have sole medical decision making so I felt trapped to do what "each doctor" said. I found a local doctor that actually listened to me and works with people with odd issues and you know what, my daughters problems turned out to be EXACTLY what i had been saying all along but all the other doctors at all these big name specialty and kids hospitals would not listen to me.
So am i saying we should never listen to our doctors? never seek medical treatment? No of course not. I am just saying that if you have a feeling about what you need or what your children need - follow your instinct. Wouldn't be afraid to go to the doctor but dont feel like you have to do everythign they say simply because they have earned the title of doctor. I ended up spending a lot of money to find out what ultimately i already knew but my ex husband would not listen to me so I had to go through the whole process of getting a diagnosis. It was definitely not my first choice in how i would like or prefer to do things. But unfortunately how it works in my split house. Now I do have sole medical decision making so have more leeway in what i can do and can choose the medical team that I want now. I wouldn't have gone to many of those doctors that I saw with my daughter. Just wouldn't have. They all had wanted to treat symptom and not get at the root of the cause. The cause i already knew "food" and what my ex was feeding her. Amazing that some doctors are so afraid to admit that food CAN be a poison to certain people. That it can be the root of health ailments.
"Let your food be thy medicine and thy medicine be food" - hippocrates