Friends, I’m on the verge of a major journey.
I’ve spoken before about my illness and the steps I need to take in order to function better and, if possible, heal.
Only problem is, UC is an autoimmune disease, and there’s no coming back from that. Masking the symptoms and striving for remission through drugs and other methods is the only way to go.
Well guess what? That’s not good enough for me.
Recently I was blessed to be introduced to The GAPS Diet. Basically it stresses a grain-free, sugar-free lifestyle in order to allow the intestine to heal and seal itself, while at the same time focusing on repopulating the gut with healthy bacteria in order to put things in better balance.
It makes sense that the only way to stop the symptoms is to heal the gut. Doesn’t it?
So over the past several weeks I’ve been doing a lot of research, reading a lot of blog posts and articles, watching hours worth of videos from doctors and diet devotees alike. And all signs point to me diving into this new lifestyle.
The good part is, it’s not for life. Most people see results within 2-3 years and can slowly reintroduce “regular” foods after that.
The yucky part is…well, you’ve met me, right? This is primarily a food blog. I like pasta. And chocolate. And buffalo chicken. And pasta again.
And like I told Rob last night, even though I might only eat a cheesesteak once or twice a year (and that’s a generous estimate), knowing that it’s out there if I want it is comforting. Knowing that I absolutely can’t have it is the hard part.
No flour, sugar, yeast, cured meats, chocolate (though there are conflicting stories on cocoa powder, but even then that’s an advanced food), almost nothing mass-produced or pre-packaged. As we’ve seen in the news a lot lately, sugar is in just about everything.
I’m not gonna lie. I’m grieving a little.
It helps that I love to cook, right? Mama’s gonna have to get creative up in here.
In the dark times, and I’m sure there will be many, I’ll need to remember that nothing is worth feeling this way. Nothing is worth the shame and embarrassment and pain and despair. The exhaustion and depression and fear while living with this disease. Absolutely nothing.
I hope to share this journey with all of you and that I can help others who are going through the horrors of UC or any of the other ailments which GAPS is supposed to be able to treat. I hope you come along with me.
Do you have to follow a special diet? Have you ever considered it?
I’m Pouring My Heart Out with Shell today – thanks again, friend!