2015 was the year I got very authentic on A Little R & R.
I started off by talking about my Adrenal Fatigue, and then began sharing about my food addiction, my battle with comfort eating, and even for a while did vlogs about my desire to improve my health.
That year I ended up with horrible eczema that began eating up my right hand, and rendered it basically useless. I had to type my posts with my left hand until the radical combined treatment of cortisone shots, pills, and 2 kinds of creams helped to clear it up.
It was at that point that I realized that I was the worst I’d ever been.
It was very much a roller coaster from there.
I would start to get better, and then I’d have a set back: a virus, my gall-bladder removal, stress that I couldn’t control….
sometimes I was just too tired to care, so I’d just throw my hands in the air and sing Que Sera Sera and leave behind the diet, vitamins, and exercise. I didn’t care anymore.
It was in February of 2017 when I spent 9 hours on the couch moaning and thrashing about after dinner.
By that time, I was having migraine headaches every 2 weeks for 4-5 days at a time. I would have severe stomach cramping after meals, and keeping a food diary only proved that it was very random and made no sense at all.
I was desperate.
I just wanted to be healthy! And all of the effort I’d made, all the supplements I’d tried, and all of the things I’d been told to do didn’t get me as far as I needed to be by this point.
It was at that low point that I stumbled on a YouTube video about low-carb / high-fat eating.
I figured it was about the only thing I hadn’t tried, so I may as well give it a shot. What did I have to lose, right? I was at rock bottom, and the only place to go from there was up!
My research led me to the Ketogenic diet.
Since I was desperately in need of a radical change, I decided to take a radical move and start the very next day. I threw myself in with both feet – kicked everything non-ketogenic to the curb and just did it!
The results were astounding!
My migraines completely disappeared, as did my stomach pain. The thin skin where my eczema had been became normal, and my energy levels began to rise.
One-by-one the symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue began to fade.
I am by no means cured….yet.
But I am far better than I was a year ago. I am coming up on the one-year anniversary of beginning what I now call the “Ketogenic Lifestyle” – because after having taken a break during the holidays, I’ve found that it is a way of eating I need to stick to.
I feel much better when I simply follow this way of eating.
Now that the holidays are over and we’re back to our routine, here are 5 ways that I’m reviving my health
It would be very easy to chalk all the success I’ve had in healing my Adrenal Fatigue to diet, light exercise, supplements, and my efforts to control my stress and get more rest.
But to do so would be failing to give glory where it is first due – and that is to the Lord.
I can do all the right things, but God is the One who has created this body. And if I don’t first go to Him in prayer and ask for wisdom, I’ve got things out of order.
He is the One who has given me the wisdom to know what to do to help my body heal.
Yes, he could have chosen to heal me instantly. I do believe miraculous healing still happens.
But I believe that God has wisely chosen to heal me this way, because this process: the struggle, the desperation, and the searching for answers has done two things:
- It has taught me empathy, when before I was so arrogant and judgmental of those with chronic illness.
- It has taught me discipline, when before I just wanted to eat what I wanted when I wanted it. I was daily making my body sick and diseased with my comfort eating and food addiction.
The Ketogenic Diet, or lifestyle – as I choose to call it – is a low carb, moderate protein, high fat diet. I keep my carb intake to between 20 – 35 grams of carbs a day – mainly from vegetables.
It requires discipline, meal planning, and food preparation. But the one thing I’ve found is that there is a lot less planning and food prep needed for this diet than for any other diet I’ve tried before.
If you’d like to learn more about the Ketogenic Diet, you can visit a little blog I’ve set up to help people get started.
3. Light exercise and fresh air
One of the struggles with Adrenal Fatigue is learning how much exercise you can do without crashing. Adrenal Fatigue sufferers need exercise, but too much will cause the body to undergo too much stress and the adrenal output will be too much, causing a crash, which can last weeks or even months.
I have found that making sure I get in 6,000-7,000 steps a day is optimal.
And my goal this year is to daily get some fresh air – take a short walk, walk around my yard….just get fresh air!
4. Lower stress
The final few months of 2017 were high stress. Very high stress.
It’s been a long time since I’ve been under that amount of stress and anxiety. I was battling a combination of my own perfectionism, fear of the future, and the mistaken assumption that I can be super-mom.
This is the infamous combination that won me Adrenal Fatigue in the first place (well, minus super-mom, because I wasn’t a mom yet then – but let’s just say “Super Woman”)
Going in to 2018, I’m determined to lower my personal standards and pray that prayer, “Lord, increase my faith”.
Last year I started a coaching group on Facebook for the Ketogenic Diet. I did for two reasons:
- I was daily getting messages from family and friends with questions about the diet, many of which were repeated by others.
- I needed personal accountability. I needed the encouragement and push to keep going on the days when I was tired, craving pizza, or wanted a Snickers bar.
Accountability is powerful!
I need daily accountability to remind myself that my health isn’t just about me, it’s about having the energy and stamina to serve my family each day.
They can’t afford to have me on the couch, tired, fatigued, sick, and unable to function.
They deserve a mom who is vibrant, eager, energized, and ready and willing to meet their needs. That’s what God has called me to.
If I want to fulfill that call, I must make health a priority.
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