So, in June 2011 I began making some changes and seeing some improvements. I cut out dairy, red meat, wheat products, corn, soy, nuts and some fruits and veggies my body wasn't tolerating. I cut out certain oils, I cut out certain seafood, etc. all based on testing for sensitivity and allergy reactions. Some symptoms began to improve, but I still struggled with others.
In 2013 I went back to the same naturopath and retested the foods and some tested ok, others tested now not ok. It was frustrating to see that after two years of diligent avoidance I still couldn't tolerate most meats, dairy, wheat, soy, and some fruits and veggies...but now I was also reacting to all gluten foods, not just wheat, and pretty much the rest of the meats that were safe before. Why was this happening?? Well, I am also allergic to many antibiotics and we now know that much of the factory farmed animal products contain large quantities of antibiotics due to the conditions under which the animals are kept. So, my consumption of the foods that contained these high levels caused me to become sensitive or allergic, IMHO.
In the summer of 2013 I also found out that my cousins had tested positive for the breast cancer gene. Instead of having my own breasts removed, in theory to prevent my getting a hormone based cancer, I decided to do more research into what causes hormonal cancers and what measures I could do to help prevent it occurring in my own body.
I watched the film Forks Over Knives first and then other ones as well and also read many books, all the titles I read this year, about the science behind diet influencing disease processes, can be found here for reference, and I now have a much clearer understanding of the role of hormone influence due to levels of proteins, and how protein levels affects cancer cell growth or decline. The same animal protein that makes baby calves grow huge in a short amount of time (milk...but more specifically the protein called casein in milk) has been shown by various researchers over the past few decades of ongoing study to directly affect tumor growth or not. The landmark study, called The China Study, referenced in Forks Over Knives, is fascinating and forever changed my thinking about how what I eat directly affects the health or disease of my body.
Research is finding that food trumps environment and genes. Not that the last two don't play a role in cancer, but that food has a stronger influence over what happens long-term...whether the cancer grows or shrinks and has the ability to multiply in the body or be disposed of completely, through the power of nutrition the body can work as it was designed to and eliminate foreign invaders properly.
So, long story short, a year ago I changed my diet and it has changed my life. My cholesterol was mid 250's and now is 158. My chest pain is gone, my lethargy is gone, my achy joints are gone, I recover from exercise very quickly, body odor completely gone, no more nasty breath, hair stays clean days longer and is growing quickly, no more constipation, no more running to the restroom after a meal didn't agree with me.
I now savor new flavors, enjoy cooking or preparing delicious foods, and am finding I really enjoy things I never liked before...namely onions and fresh cherries!
I love this new lifestyle and as an added benefit, I have no issues with my weight. The excess fat melted off over the past 3 years and I am now at a healthy weight, blood pressure and cholesterol level with just changing the food. Dr. McDougall says, "It's the Food!"
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Cheers! - Trish