After four miscarriages and three children, I crossed the pregnancy finish line and fell flat on my face. Mama was a hot MESS. Within 48 hours of delivery I had a raging UTI. Within a month I had pneumonia and multiple breast infections. Within two months, parasites followed food poisoning from eating bad restaurant food. Ugh.
I was living in hormonal digestive disasterville.
Two years later I woke up from the blur of breastfeeding, diaper changes and sleepless nights and realized I needed to shift my diet, yet again, to improve my health and happiness. I was already gluten and dairy-free (breastfeeding my oldest with eczema taught me to avoid those two proteins), but I learned just how difficult double sugars (disaccharides) can be for an imbalanced gut to digest and how they become food on which non-beneficial intestinal microorganisms can thrive. I was already not eating milk sugar (lactose), but proceeded to take both grain sugar and legume sugar (maltose) out of my diet completely. I didn’t entirely cut out cane sugar (sucrose), but all totaled my sugar load was drastically reduced. I was eating lots of healthy protein and fat (pastured meat, wild fish, eggs, nuts, seeds) combined with loads of colorful veggies and greens. Fruit was my sweet treat.
I wish I could tell you that PRESTO, I was healed. Hardly. Six-months later influenza arrived along with another round of pneumonia. Total energy zapper! Over time my energy slowly returned, but every time I ate I felt like a busted garbage disposal. This feeling lasted for three years!!!
What do you do when REAL food isn’t enough to solve your health problems?
Failure is not an option, right?
Check out what I did to rebalance back to health on page 14, Issue04 – Eat REAL Food Fit for You.
I’d love to know…
Have you found the right REAL food diet for you?
If so, how did you find it? Or, maybe you’re like me and it found you!
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Sue McCreadie, MD
Board Certified Pediatrician
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