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What My Heart Says – Part 2

Recently, I shared a tool in my chronic illness toolbox to make my life easy (or easier, I should say). It’s new to me. I have felt led to try Whole30 before, but never actually did. Not until 22 days ago. But, the plan I am utilizing – isn’t strictly Whole30. It is a combination of Whole30, Low-Histamine eating plan.

Why?

Because this works!

I know, I need accountability to keep going.

Otherwise once day 30 hits (Monday!), I can tell you exactly how it will go. Because I have had “moments” of it’s-no-big-deal-I-can-have-that-on-a-technicality-scale. No. I need accountability.

Thankfully for me, I have facebook friends who are on similar journeys. A couple friends I have known for quite a while actually, have made a facebook accountability group.

At This Point…

I should give you my “why’s”. Why am I doing this?

  • Because I am sick of feeling like junk¬†every time I eat something I shouldn’t.
  • Because I am sick of not knowing what’s actually wrong with me.
  • Because I am sick of being unhappy, for lack of trying (Food affects our mood. It affects depression and anxiety).
  • Because I want to be healthier.
  • Because I want to be able to keep up with those I love (especially the kids in my life).
  • Because I want to have the energy I need.
  • Because I want to be able to serve God on a more active level.

Then, there is one more. Perhaps, this is the best of all reasons.

I know this way of eating is something God is calling me to, and I need to be obedient. I can’t keep praying for healing, yet ignore the directives God is giving me for my life.

How can I say “no” or continue to walk in defeat, when God has readily given me the materials I need to write “success” over every aspect of my life?

The Catalyst

It’s not just about the eating.

It’s not just about the exercise.

It is about honoring God in every single aspect of my life. It is about walking this narrow path, where I seek after God and choose to honor Him. Despite my wants, it’s about gaining a heart of devotion. A heart that chooses God over every other option I have in my life.

This is the “why” of my life. Why I am choosing to make this decision to stay on this path, and get accountability to help with the journey. This is why I want to eat healthier and figure out what works for me. And, why exercising is a part of “the plan”.

Whole30 -&- Low Histamine (The Diet)

The Link.

I am learning there is so much that can be made, with the foods I am given access to (and it can taste just as good if not better, than its counterparts). And, these are things that I don’t have to worry about – making me worse. I don’t have to concern myself about a bad food reaction, when I follow God in eating this way. I am learning this is the path God wants me to walk in.

This is God choosing to hear and answer my prayers (and the prayers of many who placed themselves in His Awesome Presence and bring my needs before the Father).

This is how God is choosing to heal me. Through learning what foods leave me without any (or less) negative effect(s). It is about gleaning understanding about how foods affect me, and learning to heed the warnings they offer.

That’s what this is.

Here to Stay

On this journey of Whole30, I am learning a lot more than I thought I ever would. I am experiencing more transformation than I thought I would, too. While the scale may show a minimal loss, I have lost much on this eating plan.

Here are my Top 5.

  • Decrease of symptoms.
  • My blood pressure is within normal (ish) range now, when it had been as low as 50/30 for months.
  • I have energy (and can stand!)
  • I am perhaps the happiest I have ever been.
  • Depression and anxiety levels are much lower now.

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What the Doctor Said – Part 1

About a month ago, I saw a new cardiologist. He gave some tips, did some rearranging of meds, and all-in-all a visit worthy of being vulnerable to see – yet another – doctor. This doctor is a cardiologist, who is likely the most well educated physician on dysautonomia. At least, for our “neck of the woods”.

The Result of Such a Encouraging Visit…

He is running a couple tests. One of which is to check my adrenal sufficiency (or insufficiency). I haven’t ever had a doctor do this specific test, for my adrenal sufficiency, so obviously very thankful for it. He gave one piece of advice that took me by surprise – “eliminate (or limit) caffeine”. Up until this point, I had already begun to limit my intake of soda (don’t give me too much credit – I had switched to tea). Now, would be the opportunity to breed something new in my life. With caffeine being limited/removed/no-longer-my-best-friend, new possibilities emerged.

The New Thing…

For the past several months, I have thought about giving Whole30 or another clean way of eating – a try. But with where my health was, I obviously wasn’t about to try. Then, God began tucking on my heart a few Sunday’s ago about something.

Whole 30, low-histamine style.

Why this particular eating plan?

God can easily instruct His followers to do things where they have absolutely no idea why they need to do something. Let me explain something: This was not that kind of experience.

One thing I prayed was – “God, let me know if this is honestly You. Because if this is not of You, I am not doing it…” And, then more evidence began to pile up as I researched this diet. The key indicator was the peace God gave to me. It lined up with what Scripture teaches, will happen as a result of God’s leading us. His peace. But, it required me to “lean not on my own understanding” (see Prov. 3:5-6).

This was a very direct – “This is what I am calling you to do my daughter, and you are going to have to just trust Me.”

The Low-Histamine, Thing…

For anyone who has spent any time with me more than once, you know I have food restrictions (they actually weren’t that bad, now that I think about it. Ha Ha). You eat this glorious smelling food, and I bring something “safe” to eat. Safe foods is just a part of my life. I have different food allergies that cause me to caution myself, and not run toward foods like others do. Because I have these food allergies, when I seen the words “histamine intolerance” – I had to check it out. For myself.

And, the pieces just immediately fit. By fitting, I mean, I had the majority of the symptoms.

To learn more on how the symptoms fit, what histamine intolerance is, my experience as I begin this brand new way of eating, and what God is doing in the midst of it all – you are gonna have to just stay tuned!

Until next time, my friends.

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