Welcome to my little blogging corner. I’ve always been a writer, or as my family thinks an ‘over-sharer’. Well when I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis a few years ago, its basically all I talked about. I was curious “why me” “can this go away” “will I be doomed to a life of medication and pain”, I would ask myself these questions and then bounce ideas off my family. If I had a dime for every time they said, PLEASE JUST START A BLOG!
Fast forward to last summer. I had just had my baby boy after a pretty bumpy (no pun intended) pregnancy. I had a c-section at 33 weeks, and little Clifford weighed just barely 3 lbs. I was a flaring mess, on a high dose of prednisone, with stab wounds in my legs from taking weekly biologics. Arthritis was taking over. But I was having none of that. I had just given birth to a baby boy that needed me. He needed a strong mother. This journey was no longer about myself, it was about how I could be the best mom possible to this gift I had been given. Thus began my journey to paleo.
And let me just make it very clear I am indeed a recovering Diet Coke addict, while were at it I’ll be pretty honest… I used to start my mornings with either a donut or bag of doritos from the gas station. I was not naturally born into the Paleo life. In fact, I was petrified to commit to any sort of restricting diet, let alone one that did not allow any bread. But I did it anyway. I sat down and made a one week meal plan. I was going to take it a week at a time. That first week I still drank Diet Coke everyday, and even made a few Dairy Queen runs with my husband. But breakfast, lunch, and dinner consisted of paleo meals. I started out being very kind to myself, and have kept that overall theme with my journey.
After 6 weeks of being as compliant as I could, I felt an ease in my morning stiffness pain. I wasn’t all better, there were still miles and miles to go. But that was the encouragement I needed to know that what I was doing was in fact working. Its almost been a year and I am feeling better than I ever have on any medication I was ever prescribed (Methotrexate (pill) Methotrexate (injection) Enbrel, Cimzia, Xeljanz, Rituxan) I still am on a low dose of prednisone. And I blame that mostly on my lack of ability to be completely compliant on paleo, my sugar demons run deep people. But If I can do this, you sure as heck can too.
My blog is my real life experience. If I find something that works I will share it, If I have fallen off the wagon you bet I will let you know. In the words of my pre-paleo favorite restaurant “If you’re here, you’re family”.
I’m living proof that this crazy holistic thing just might actually work. I am a real life mom, who watches maybe a little too much netflix, and craves brownies late at night just like you but I’m finding ways to make myself healthier along the way. Thanks for joining!