I was describing to my friend Kelli in an e-mail over the weekend, how when my arms are inflamed, I am not unlike a T-Rex. You know, the dinosaur with the little short arms that only can do so much.
But what the T-Rex lacks in arm strength, he more than makes up for in his bark.
Much like me.
She wrote me back, “Have you seen Meet the Robinson’s? ‘Really big head, itty bitty arms.’ Oh how that just made me laugh.”
And that made me laugh. Kelli and I share the same off center sense of humor, and I treasure her for that, among many other things.
Well. Hang in there with me, I will tie this together in a rambling moment. Something that I’m pursuing as I am trying to get answers and healing during this arduous process of finding the right medication and IS THIS REALLY R.A.? is through this website: http://mychristiancare.org/restore/.
My SIL works for The Christian Care Ministry, and she recommended their Restore program to me. In a nutshell, it is basically personalized coaching for REVERSING DISEASE. Diet and exercise are key. As well as PRAYER!
Since I have discovered that Methatrexate is not working to reduce any inflammation, and the chances of EVER getting me on Prednisone again are not good, I want desperately to find a way to cure this disease from the inside out. Instead of just masking the symptoms.
So, I’m working with a personal “health” coach through the Restore Ministry. Her name is Angela, and we had our first phone conversation on Saturday night. I adore her. We will be having a more in depth meeting in a couple of weeks, but to get me started, she has recommended that I go on a plant based diet.
I’ve already been diary/gluten free for the last month. I’ve been reticent about being a vegetarian because, well, WHERE’S THE BEEF? And I’ve feared that I wouldn’t get enough protein and would be sidelined with a migraine because of the lack of protein. Because I NEED PROTEIN.
I’ve been reading about the benefits of a plant based diet when dealing with a disease of the auto-immune system. After talking with Angela about it, and getting all sorts of great information about how much protein I can glean from vegetables and beans, I decided to try it.
We’re already keeping a good deal of fresh organic fruits and vegetables in the house that we’re getting from a local co-op. And now I’m giving myself a crash course in how to cook beans, soups, and how to assemble fun salads.
I KNOW! This from the girl that considered Oreos a food group.
Sunday was my first day completely eating a plant based diet.
And you know what? Dietarily speaking, I feel great. I’m not hungry, and not craving anything I’m not suppose to have. I also, eerily, have more energy than I’ve had in a while. And that could simply be my imagination, but I’m going to claim it. Even though it’s only been one day.
I’m also going to ask to be re-tested for Lyme Disease. I just have a sneaking suspicion that something else is going on.
Time will tell how this dietary change will affect my healing. I’m hopeful. Even though I’m no longer a Carnivore, like my friend the T-Rex.
But my bark is still mighty powerful.
A vegetarian. Who would have ever thunk it.
If you all have any good vegetarian type recipes (especially using beans or Tofu), I would love it if you’d share them with me. I’ve picked up a few cookbooks from the library, but recipes that have been tried and true are what I really need!