Once upon a time the rheumatologist told me that I had inflammatory arthritis and that it would keep me on medication for the rest of my life. I was informed that no one knows why you get it and that it cannot be cured.
This was back in March 2015; today I am no longer experiencing the symptoms of the disease and all it took was a few diet changes and an overhaul of my mindset. I am now living life to its fullest, running, doing yoga, going for walks for hours and doing all the social things that I was unable to do while the disease was raging in my body at its worst. Never before have I enjoyed my food this much either, as I am still having all the usual favourites of lasagne, curries, tacos, pasta dishes etc that I used to, only with slight modifications.
I wanted to share this with you, so that you can make an educated decision if you happen to be in a similar situation to mine.
This is how I put it to my friends on Facebook in February 2016, having been off the medication for six months:
“So I have decide to share my story with you guys because I can’t imagine having all this knowledge and not passing it on to my nearest and dearest. A little scary to lay it out there for you all, but if it helps just one person it will have been worth it all And do stick to the end because I can promise you a sunshiny ending!
A year ago the doctors told me that I have something very similar to Rheumatoid Arthritis/Ledgångsreumatism/Reuma and that I would have to be on medication for the rest of my life; no one knows why you get it and it will never go away.
“Say whoooot? Isn’t arthritis just for old people?!” you might think. Noup, it can happen to anyone at any age and we will come to that soon.
My left knee had been swollen and painful for about eight months and believe me, slowly limping around in the London Underground in rush-hour is really not something I wish upon anyone Some days I was unable to life my arms and my feet, shoulders and hands were super painful too.
Well, fast-forward to this summer: I started taking the medication for two weeks, which ended up with me in the emergency room because I was allergic to them (this medication by the way is the most awful thing I have ever tried – it feels like poison going into your body, yuk).
That is when I decided to sort it out on my own and I always thought that I have had a reasonably healthy diet but I did some research and stopped eating Dairy, Gluten and Sugar, I increased my intake of green smoothies and started doing yoga every morning and evening. It was amazing how I started feeling better and more awesome every day and one month later the test results came back.
The same doctor looked at me and said:
“It has all gone away. What did you do?”
One of the best days of my life, woop! Apparently these doctors never see people getting better from the disease so she also asked if she could pass on my recommendations to other patients.
However, I decided that I never wanted to have to worry about getting it again, so I researched it further and found a chap in Australia who has figured it all out – in simple terms he found that RA is a food allergy and the stomach is a bit broken and needs time to heal. So since October 2015 I have been following his program, and I am on a plant based, natural vegan diet (yes, meat messed me up too) without any oils, while my body heals itself fully from the inside (if you cut your finger you know that the wound will heal quickly, same thing with our inside, your body will heal itself if you just give it a chance!) The diet was a bit boring in the beginning because it was quite bland, but every time that I got sick of the green salads and quinoa, I would just think back at that awful medicine and how it made me feel, and man am I grateful that this is my new medication! It is definitely not boring anymore, because now I am getting to do what I love the most – come up with amazing recipes every day!
So anyway, I just wanted to tell you this in case you or anyone in your life gets a disease – autoimmune diseases especially, like arthritis, are so common these days and we think we have to live with them and take those disgusting drugs, but we really don’t! Of course there are incredible drugs out there that help with certain diseases but it is so wonderful that the medical society is now starting to catch on to how we can heal ourselves in natural ways and I am certain that in the near future western medicine will be running alongside things like a good diet. After all, none of our ancestors got problems like these, so surely the reason we get it is because of the change in our eating habits over these past 100 years.
So, many of you sweeties have had similar problems (allergies, IBS, inflammation etc) and asked me for suggestions on how to eat better so I am pleased to say that I am now finally gathering all my most amazing and delicious recipes that also have healing properties, hopefully in a real life cookbook! I just feel that it is time to stop looking for that one-pill-solution and take responsibility for our own health – it really is the best thing we can do for our families and friends so that they don’t have to see us suffer.
Over and out my dear, thank you for reading this through and I would obviously be delighted to answer any questions that you may have “