Don’t Take Over the Counter Meds, Eat! (2008)

So, every once in a while I jump up on my soapbox and give you a good talkin’ to about nutrition. It’s a subject I’ve long been interested in and the one thing I’ve found that really makes a difference in my health and well being. When you’ve got a body like mine in which my immune system likes to pull ninja -like maneuvers by silently attacking itself…my counter attack is F O O D!

Lately my body has decided that it’s suddenly allergic to all kinds of things! It tells me not to eat wheat, rice, corn, oats, or dairy. Great. Being Vegetarian…this has forced me to eat more fruits. I’ve discovered the more fruits I eat, the better I feel. This was really put to the test recently after another flair up of my old friend pericarditis. This is a viral thing that causes the lining of the heart to swell and leaves you in extreme pain, not only at exertion of any kind, but also upon moving or even just trying to breathe. This is my fourth time playing host to the lovely pericarditis, and the normal course of action is to take 1000mg of Ibuprofen per day. Ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory drug that over time can really wreak havoc on your liver and kidneys. Plus with this crazy allergy thing, I can’t take over-the-counter stuff now cause more than likely, I’m now allergic to it! So what’s one to do? My solution this time was to eat.

I got a list of all the best anti-inflammatory foods from the net…

Blueberries, Ginger, Turmeric, Grapes, Avocado, Lemons, Limes, Broccoli, Basil, Walnuts, Mint, Raspberries, Cherries, Kale……and tonnes more! check here

So I went off all cooked food immediately. For most of my calories, I drank Innocent Acai Berri Superfoods smoothies. I ate tonnes of blueberries and grapes, drank fresh ginger and turmeric tea (much better than it sounds) and for dinner each evening I’d have fresh veggies with lots of hummus.

Mind you after 4 times with this thing…I know how much the first week sucks. You can only take very shallow breaths, and forget walking up and down stairs. Just turning over in bed can make you cry. It’s horrible! I started on this diet the first day and in 24 hours my pain was reduced by 50%. 36 hours brought a 75% reduction in pain. By day three I was breathing pretty normally and had little to no pain. By day 4 the pain and the symptoms were GONE. I stayed on it for 7 days just to be sure and then started gradually adding back in one cooked meal per day. (usually lunch) I am still only eating fruits for breakfast as I want to bombard my cells with anti-oxidants first thing in the morning. I feel really amazing.

The absolute best way to protect yourself from illness is to eat the right foods. Ignore the propaganda. Foods have a PROFOUND effect on your health. Try replacing your morning muesli with grapes and blueberries for one week and see how you feel. I’m living proof!