For the most part, I feel like y’all pretty much know my life now. You know why I’m single, you know about my past dating woes (as in “sorrows”… not Drake’s homeboys), my early adulthood struggles, my health condition and my self-imposed dietary restrictions as a result of it. So yeah, y’all know a lot. But that’s a really good thing!
That’s one of the main reasons why I started this blog: to put myself on front street so that folk who could relate would be able to learn something positive from my mishaps. Take why I decided to go gluten-free, for instance. The condition I was diagnosed with three years ago, dermatomyositis, is an autoimmune disease characterized by severe inflammation in the muscles and skin. I was diagnosed with it shortly after graduating from college in May 2012.
What I’ve learned since having been diagnosed with myositis is that the mind, body and spirit work cohesively as a unit. So ten times outta ten, if one ain’t right, the rest ain’t either. I wanna touch on all three of these elements, but since a lot of people have been inquiring about going gluten-free, I’m gonna focus on the body first.
Because food nowadays is viewed more so as a luxury item rather than a bare necessity (generally we eat for our taste buds, not survival), many of us don’t realize that what we put into our bodies plays a HUGE role in our overall health. So when we face health problems, we rely solely on medication — instead of focusing on what we’re eating — to resolve the issue. Since I had severe inflammation in my body, it only made since for me to go on an anti-inflammatory diet. This consisted of:
- No gluten (a protein found in wheat-based foods which also triggers inflammation)
- Ginger root (which makes for a nice tea)
- Green, leafy vegetables like spinach and kale
- Fatty fish (i.e. salmon, sardines and tuna) and/or omega-3 fish oils
- Lots and lots of fruit
Within a week of changing my diet I noticed a huge difference. I felt better, lighter and healthier. Five months after my diagnosis, my inflammation levels had gone down to almost nothing, and I began tapering off all of my meds. To this day, I am not on any medication. But that’s only because I made a conscious decision to change my lifestyle and I stuck to it. Even though I still like to eat for my taste buds, I also have to be conscious of what I put into my body because my health depends on it. And yours does too.
So what are you allowing into your body? Is there anything you’d like to change about it? Share your thoughts below and let’s discuss!