I have decided it's time to make some changes, though--partly because I know that I need to, and partly because I'm still having gastrointestinal problems, and after a year of testing, doctor visits, and a lot of medical bills, the doctors have come to the conclusion that nothing's wrong with me.
I, however, have come to some different conclusions, and know there IS something wrong.
I have a suspicion that it's a combination of food and medication, and so I've started taking steps to change what I can and counteract what I can't. That includes making dietary and food changes. I've been wanting to go this route for a while now, getting away from processed and going to all-natural/raw/organic foods (we're not jumping on the paleo bandwagon, but I'd like to move us a little in that direction).
We purchased a quarter of a cow from someone I know last fall, and the difference in the meat is surprising in a delicious way--I don't think that we can ever go back to store-bought beef again. I tend to agree that all of the chemicals, hormones, antibiotics, etc. that are put in and on our food today have a bad effect on our bodies, and I think that these things could be a contributing factor to my problems.
Basically, I know that my insides are inflamed and irritated. That's the only thing that all of the medical testing revealed. I am going to start eliminating foods again and see what makes me feel better when I don't eat it. I'm also going to take probiotics to help replenish my gut flora, since I don't think that eliminating my medications is an option at this point, but I'm looking into it further. So, what I'm proposing to change is listed below:
Change our eating habits--switching from foods that have been found to be inflammatory (I'm using the book 21-Day Tummy as a reference for the first three weeks)
Change our grocery shopping habits--buy raw, local, natural, organic foods whenever possible
Try to work in some daily exercise--15-20 minutes five days a week to start
Shop local for meats and dairy--I have a few local places on my radar, and I'd like to start buying raw milk cheeses and other unprocessed dairy
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Change is hard for me, so this will be a challenge. I'm hoping to start this soon, probably this next weekend. I admit that I look forward to change in the same way that I look forward to going to the dentist--with apprehension, to put it mildly. I'll change what I can with the time and energy I have, and I know that my husband will support me, which will be a great help. I'll keep track of my progress as I go along, and if my problems and results help just one other person, then it will have all been worth it!