My Progress

the-sowerWHAT I’M DOING :  

  • Removed all refined sugar, except for some dark chocolate every now and then.
  • Removed most processed foods.  Of course there are some, like nuts and coconut oil, that do need to be minimally processed, but I’m referring to the products that have a page full of ingredients with many I can’t pronounce.  The ones with preservatives, flavorings, colorings, MSG, hydrogenated oils, etc.
  • Removed all grains.  If I ever do cheat, I’ve learned my body can digest refined grains much easier than the whole/sprouted kind.  This is because the bran/germ has been removed and that’s one thing that causes my digestive system grief.  It’s too rough on it.  Although there isn’t much nutrition in the refined type, if I’m going to have anything, it has to be this.  So I’ll opt for white rice over wild and white bread over sprouted, but again, only on special occasions.  This is just what works for me.
  • Eating grass-fed, hormone-free meats.
  • Increased intake of “good” fats significantly: ghee, pastured butter, coconut oil and coconut milk.  I lived my whole life under the “fat-free” regime.  What a liberating experience to discover healthy, whole, delicious fats.
  • Including healing bone broths into my diet.
  • Eating more fermented foods: kefir, sauerkraut, etc.
  • Replaced toxic home products with natural ones.  Favorite products: Dr Bronner’s Magic Soap & homemade deodorant.
  • Buying as much produce as I can from the local, organic farmer’s markets.  I really want to try and eat as seasonally, locally and organically as possible.  Check out 10 reasons why it’s important here.
  • Supplementing with Udo’s Adult Blend Probiotic.
  • Supplementing with Garden of Life Cod Liver Oil.
  • Supplementing with Natural Calm Magnesium + Calcium.
  • Learning about the medicinal power of essential oils and trying to incorporate them into my life more.
  • Remembering to forgive at all times.  Soft heart = healthy mind = healthy body.


plant_new_life-1920x1200WHAT I’M SEEING:

  • May 1, 2013: Celebrated 1 year of total digestive health!  No more bloating, indigestion, cramping or intestinal abscesses.
  • May 1 2014: Yep, still healed and feeling great!  And I’m finally pregnant!
  • 1-2 bowel movements per day!
  • Ravenous hunger pangs are a thing of the past.  This was a big one for me.  My blood sugar levels used to be on quite a roller coaster but are now way more balanced.
  • No sluggish energy after meals.  My energy is consistent throughout the day.
  • Less anxiety.  I’ve really battled with anxiety in my little lifetime and I’ve learned part of the problem was a mineral deficiency, specifically magnesium.  Understanding this has made me feel a lot less crazy and a lot more compassionate toward myself.
  • Solid sleep.  No more waking up at 3 am and staring at the ceiling for an hour or two.
  • I’m having regular/healthy/balanced periods for the first time in my life.  This is a massive accomplishment for me.
  • My hair is growing faster and growing again where it had broken off.
  • Tremendous reduction in cold sores.  I used to get them all the time, but now that my immune and nervous systems are stronger and nourished, the cold sores have stayed at bay.

13 responses

  1. Yay! If you’re the only person to ever be encouraged by my story, then it was worth sharing! Keep me updated with how you’re doing!

    • For shizzle. Been meaning to do a post on that actually, so I’ll get to it for you. Also, go to my resources tab and click on “Website with recipes”. You’ll find “Dom’s Kefir” web page. That’s where I did my reading. Do you have somewhere to get the kefir grains? You’ll need those before you can start!

    • Hi Denise! I guess you could say my diet is very similar to the paleo diet, but I tend to identify more with the “Traditional Foods” diet. I do eat dairy products (kefir, cheese, yogurt) and I like to include lots of healthy fats into my meals … I think these might be the 2 biggest differences when comparing my diet with the paleo way. From what I remember paleo recommends low/no dairy and more lean meats/protein.

  2. Hi, I came here because of your summary of Wheat Belly. Great job. I’ve just looked around a little. I love your picture to go with the scripture. It is truly inspiring. I also believe our bodies were created to function with the real food that the Lord put on this earth for us. I’ve read some of Nourishing Traditions. I too am working on healing my body, slow progress, but going in the right direction. I love how I get feedback from my body if what I eat is good for me.
    I want to tell you about a great website loaded with good information. It is the Primal Blueprint. I think you’ll really like it, sounds a lot like the way you eat. They also have a terrific community of people sharing experiences. I learn from them & get encouraged.

    • Thanks for sharing with me Margaret! Yes, God wants us to be well! And I’m so glad to hear you’re headed in that direction. My brother actually shared with me the Primal Blueprint (Marks Daily Apple) website, and it really helped turn me and my husband on to this new way of eating. Such great information on his website. Thanks again!

  3. Hi Lisa
    My daughter has Celiac’s Decease and had all the same symptoms. Since she cut out gluten she had a remarkable improvement. I also cut out most wheat products and has lost 4kg and has no more flux reflex, gas and bloating.
    I found help for my itchy ears. Pour some white vinegar in a small bottle and keep it with your ear buds in the bathroom. After you washed your hair and your ears are moist, dip one tip in the vinegar and roll it in your ear – be careful not to go in too deep and damage your eardrum – then do the other ear with the other end.

    Thanks for the great summary. I am going to buy the book for my husband.

  4. Hi Lisa

    Really interesting “temoignage” of your progress.
    I’m really interested to share exeperience about mainly diet to improve health. I’ve done a lot of research and tested quite a lot different things since 3 years after developing arthrisis. I was thinking eating kind of “Crete diete” and most of the time cooking my food will preserve me…
    Now i want to share about diet, supplement, oils, salt, vitamin C… and continue to test new thing like kefir. I’m based in Hong Kong and search a group to share local infos.


    • Yes! Sharing our “temoignage” is so important in this life! I’m glad you enjoyed reading mine. I would also like to find a group like this to share our experiences. Maybe we should start one!

      Are you seeing improvement in your arthritis?


  5. Reading your story gives me hope. My background is pretty much the same as yours, just add like 1-2 courses of antibiotic treatments per year since I was a baby, plus emotional stress etc. I’ve now been diagnosed with dysbiosis after going to a doctor specialised in functional medicine, after finding out that I have thyroid disease, which my doctor believes is a consequence of many years of dysbiosis and inflammation in the gut. Now I’ve been trying to heal my stomach with a diet planned for dysbiosis and my particular situation, and I also got medicine to kill off the bad bacteria overgrowth found in my gut. And my doctor also prescribed a big list of natural supplements that I’ve been taking since April. I do feel better than I did in April, l have more energy which is probably thanks to the supplements. But I still suffer from extreme bloating, pain and gas in my stomach. During the last two months I’ve been on a very restricted dysbiosis diet, following most of the stuff you’ve listed yourself. Even cut off all fruits (I only eat berries), potatoes, corn, legumes, onions, processed foods, coffee etc. But still no significant improvement. I’m gonna see my nutritional dietist again on monday, hoping she can help me this time. My point is, that this is an extremely difficult and long journey to get well so it gives me a lot of hope to read your story and hear that even if it took many years, it is possible to heal your stomach. This whole thing causes a lot of emotional distress which probably makes my symtoms worse, it’s a very vicious circle. Not easy. And especially during the summer it feels so unfair to not be able to eat any ice cream, fruits, not even healthy homemade treats, and still NOT feel better. It’s like, is there any point in this?

    This became a very long rant, my point is, thanks for your blog and for sharing your story! I wish you many more healthy years to come 🙂

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