My Diet Story

In 2015, I traveled for work and left healthy, but came home with numb legs and fatigue. At the time, I thought I had just pinched a nerve but by the time I got to see the neurologist a month later I could barely walk. An MRI showed I had more than 20 brain and spinal lesions and I spent six days at a hospital getting steroid IVs to stop the development of the lesions. By the time I left the hospital I had a diagnosis of MS and a prescription for an IV treatment.

However ... my mother called me and asked me to reconsider taking the treatment because it could cause brain infections and ultimately, death. If you're lucky enough to have parents like mine, you know one thing is true. No matter what, your parents will always have your back. Even in my muddled state, I knew that my mom was thinking of what would be best for me. The doctors saw me as a number, but my mom would always be looking out for me.

Meanwhile, it turns out I have a pretty great sister too because she began researching MS and found an Autoimmune Protocol Diet, which is used by Dr. Terry Walhs. Both my mom and sister got busy making sure I always had the recommended foods available to me. When I was first released from the hospital, I wasn't even able to cook for myself because my hands were too numb to chop fruit and vegetables.

Within three weeks I had totally adopted the diet, began cooking for myself, was walking up to three miles a day, and my extra weight started to melt off. My energy level was better than it had been in years and I felt great. I continued the diet and added resistance bands to my workout. I declined to take any meds for my condition.

Fast forward to spring 2017. At this point I'd still been medication free, changed my exercise routine to a home HIIT workout and strength training five days a week, and had lost a total of 40 pounds since I had begun the journey. I went from a size 12 to a size 2. AND, at my neurologist appointment, I was told that I "probably never had MS" after all. All of my follow up scans showed marked improvement of the previous lesions and no new activity. So, while I don't recommend anyone with MS throw out their medications just yet, there are studies that show good nutrition helps combat most diseases and will serve you well for years. When people tell me my food is expensive, I tell them, "pay now or pay later."

Right now I'm not strictly on the AIP diet that I began with, but I'm experimenting with other diets. But they all have things in common: no processed foods, low sugar, limited dairy (you may see some cheesy recipes on my site, but those are for people who go the veto route), and as many fruits and vegetables as I can cram in. When it comes to dessert though, I never did give up chocolate, and I don't think I ever will!

I encourage you to explore different diet and recipes and find out what works for you, because that is key. Part of the reason I've been able to stick to my diet since 2015 is because I make it as easy on myself as possible. I still hate chopping vegetables, so I buy pre-chopped when I can. I look for meals I can prepare in 20 minutes or less, using limited dishes, and using easy-to-find ingredients. If you're going to undertake a major diet change, start small! In my case, I was forced to make all of the changes at once, but that's definitely not the point you want to get to!

I'm still changing my diet all the time because I find new foods I like and new techniques that work for me. I hope it's the same of you and that you enjoy some of the recipes I've posted on my site. These are just a few of my favorites.