Food is Medicine

Food is Medicine

During my first six months, my mom described me as a happy baby. I did not cry often, I was a good sleeper and not too picky when it came to food. At 9-months old, I took my first steps. Then one day, instead of walking, I dropped to the floor and could not move. All I would do is cry. The Pediatrician performed a thorough check-up and decided to admit me to hospital due to 104-degree temperature. No explanation was ever provided even after 2-weeks of testing. Then one day I miraculously started to walk again. The next episode took place while visiting family in CO. This time the doctors diagnosed me with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JVA). After a 2-week medicine regimen I was back to my normal self. However this time the doctors were not optimistic of me having a normal walk without use of leg braces or some type of walker. Surprisingly enough I had no problems getting around and had a wonderful childhood. Playing with friends was and still is one of my favorite pastimes, especially with my CPM family.

As an adult the new term for what I have is called “Still’s Disease”…no worries it’s not contagious. I am able to treat my recurrent episodes with Prednisone. Symptoms I experience include high spiking fevers, joint pain and occasional inflammation around my heart and lungs.

Why am I telling you all this? Since joining CPM my episodes have decreased significantly. This past year I had only one reoccurrence, which was triggered by the stress of my body fighting off a nasty sinus infection. This is an 80% reduction from 3-years ago!!

So what changes have I made? Food.

My diet now consists of the following:

  • Clean protein sources (beef, turkey, cage-free eggs, raw dairy products)
  • Healthy fats (coconut oil/cream, coconut/nut butter, olive oil, avocado, nuts and seeds)
  • Low glycemic carbohydrates (fruits and vegetables) – I love greens and lots of colors in each of my meals
  • Superfoods – hemp hearts, maca powder, cacao
  • Fiber – flaxseeds, chia seed

So what have I eliminated or try to avoid?

  • Gluten (wheat, barely and rye) Why? Gluten causes inflammation and with an autoimmune condition the last thing you need is more inflammation. Plus I just feel better.
  • Processed food – basically anything that comes out of a package

Now don’t get me wrong I am far from perfect especially when cheesecake is around. But at the end of the day minimizing the problem foods is a heck of a lot easier than taking a pill that has horrible side effects. FOOD is Medicine!


The O-Board Says…

WOD: 1/11/18

For Time:
800m Run

20 DB Thrusters (50/35)
25 Sit-ups
30 Slam Balls

800m Run

Posted By: Nicole