Today’s testimonial comes from a local Paleo friend, Cindy Young. We are both part of the NOLA Paleo group, and she has begun to write a wonderful blog as well. Read to find out how she came to find food as a form of healing.
Two years ago my Grandfather passed away from pancreatic cancer, my friend passed away from breast cancer, and another was diagnosed with a brain tumor. All of these health tragedies made me step back and examine my life and the way I lived. I thought there must be something causing all of these health issues in people younger than ever before. As I researched I came upon a whole different realm of medicine called holistic or functional medicine. It intrigued me to think of the body as one whole system working together. Instead of masking symptoms with medicines I started to look at the root cause of some of my own health issues including: chronic allergies, gastric reflux, dermatitis, and headaches. I decided to start with my diet.
At that time, I ate a low fat “healthy” diet, but was never satisfied with my food. I ate pre-packaged, convenience foods regularly. I worked out, but never had the energy I wanted. I took allergy shots for ten years and medicines, but I was only masking the symptoms. I started with a real food challenge from 100daysofrealfood.com. I worked my way through the weekly challenges and started noticing changes in my energy. After removing processed foods from my diet for three months I no longer suffered with allergies. I was amazed I could feel so well. I no longer needed to take any prescription medicines.