Monday, January 6, 2014

I challenge you to better health!

I wanted to share a way of eating that I have found much success with. I want to begin with why I am sharing this way of eating. 

Two months ago, the TMJ which I had been diagnosed with almost 15 years ago moved from just an annoying click in my jaw to a constant pain, always there, keeping me from eating any solid foods whatsoever. Chewing and even speaking became painful and there was a dull throbbing sensation that moved from my jaw to my ear if I even attempted to open my mouth. I saw a maxillo-facial doctor, who performed a pano of my jaw, and was diagnosed with severe arthritis. Not "bad" enough yet for surgery, which wouldn't be anything but a temporary fix anyway, she told me best case scenario I would be on anti-inflammatory meds minimum twice a day for the rest of my life, and worst case, I would require addictive pain killers and muscle relaxers. 

I started my paleo diet just days before this appointment. A mere week after her devastating diagnosis, I realized my pain was disappearing. I could chew again! I was on no meds and the inflammation of my arthritis was almost non-existent! Today, I have no popping AND no pain. I can chew all my favorite foods again. 

What did this? How could this be possible? I checked websites and information about the paleo lifestyle. THE FOODS I HAD ELIMINATED ARE WELL KNOWN INFLAMMATORY FOODS! This change in what I was I taking into my body improved my health on its own. My food is medicine. Let me not forget to mention I also feel more energy and mentally I feel happier and have more clarity of mind!

So how am I eating?

Paired with my DELICIOUS vi-shakes for breakfast and lunch, I have been eating paleo. The paleo way of eating involves a plan of eating nutrition that existed during the Paleolithic era which ended with the development of agriculture and the grain based diet. According to wiki, "Centered on commonly available modern foods, the contemporary "Paleolithic diet" consists mainly of fish, grass-fed pasture raised meats, eggs, vegetables, fruit, fungi, roots, and nuts, and excludes grains, legumes, dairy products, potatoes, refined salt, refined sugar, and processed oils."

I cannot stop telling everyone how I am changing my life. On Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr. Why not share it with the my non-existent readers? Maybe introduce the paleo-life to someone who needs it but doesn't know about it yet? 

Better health, CHALLENGE ACCEPTED! 

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