April 25, 2012 § Leave a comment
“So, you’re not a vegan, a vegetarian, or a raw foodist. You don’t exclusively eat gluten and dairy free… And just because it’s organic, doesn’t mean it’s ok to eat it. I’m confused. Exactly how do you eat?!”
Most of my family and friends know that we eat differently, and occasionally someone will want to know exactly how we eat. I think most expect a short response of, We’re vegetarians or We only eat organic. While we do eat a lot of fruits and vegetables and mostly organic food, it doesn’t quite paint the whole picture.
In short, we follow The Maker’s Diet by Jordan Rubin. Basically we try to eat the least processed food that we can. For example, we eat mostly organic fruits and vegetables, grass fed meats and raw dairy products. Unprocessed, unrefined, and untreated with pesticides or hormones.
If your interested in the details of how we eat, I highly recommend grabbing a copy of The Maker’s Diet. The author shares his own health struggles and how he made a full recovery, literally, one bite at a time. I think it’s quite an inspiring book and it’s one that has helped me on my journey back to health.
April 19, 2012 § Leave a comment
I haven’t yet made a 100% recovery, however I feel like I’m getting there! Most of my Lyme symptoms have completely gone away and handful of the remaining symptoms have improved drastically.
Yesterday Brandon and I took the hour and a half drive down to see my Lyme Literate Medical Doctor, LLMD. She reviewed my symptom chart and was very pleased with my improvements! All in all, I only need to go back on an as needed basis! And hopefully, I won’t need to!
While it is exciting to no longer need to be under the direct care of my LLMD, it doesn’t mean that I am completely in the clear yet. I am only on month five of my six month protocol, so I will need to finish that up as well as finish any remaining “extra” bottles of herbs that I have.
She did tell us, while it may not be completely necessary, if we wanted to we could continue the herbs and go another six months of the Cowden Protocol. This would mostly be a precaution to ensure that the Lyme is completely gone. If we decided to end the herbs this first round, I would need to carefully monitor my symptoms and start taking herbs again ASAP if I have any symptoms returning.
After thinking about the past year, I think Brandon and I are leaning towards having me do another six months of herbs. I can hear the voice in my head saying, “You’d rather be safe than sorry, right?!?” I certainly don’t want to have any question that the infection is completely gone and I really don’t want it to come back! So, what’s another round?
I still have a lot of work ahead of me in order to make a full recovery. In addition to the herbal regimen, I have been weight training a few times a week in order to rebuild muscles that have atrophied due to the lack of activity in the past year. Between continuing the Cowden protocol and continuing to exercise, I think it’s only a matter of time before I am 100% again! Exciting!