Wednesday, April 10, 2013

My Journey to Good Health


It has been on my heart for quite some time to share my journey to good health with you, so here it is!



All my health issues surround my autoimmune disorder which is my body refusing to digest foods properly and reacting adversely to foods. I have an intolerance to gluten, corn and dairy and am randomly allergic to bananas. I also have small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) which will haunt me the rest of my life. My doctors believe that my excess use of antibiotics as a child and then again as an adult for acne (I took tetracycline for five years every day in high school/college) reacted badly with my autoimmune issues to create recurring bacterial overgrowth in my small intestine that causes all sorts of stomach and digestion issues. This is also all in conjunction with my hiatal hernia. 

After working with a lot of different doctors and nutritionists for over five years and doing research myself on healthy living and what will work best for me and my issues, I now basically follow the Paleo diet, and I haven't felt this good in a long time! I highly recommend doctors that have been trained in Integrative Medicine with Dr. Andrew Weil. Both my doctors in Baltimore and Dallas were trained by Dr. Weil along with their medical degrees and specialties. 

It was a long hard path to come to a complete understanding of what was going on in my body, and I am so thankful that Dr. Gerard Mullin (Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, MD) and Dr. Carolyn Matthews (Baylor, Dallas, TX) worked so diligently to uncover what was going on. I had suffered with stomach issues for years which had escalated to neurological issues such as black outs, but no one really got concerned until I had a massive unexplained loss of blood the same month I had a fertility treatment. I believe God used my infertility to help us finally get the bottom of what was happening in my body. As I worked through and dealt with infertility, I never thought I would be able to look back and say I am thankful for it, but I can now. I am thankful because God used my infertility to ultimately save my life. 

Now, that we know and understand my issues, it is simply a matter of eating right and exercising. When my SIBO flares up, I have to work hard to kill off as much bacteria as possible so I go completely sugar free for awhile. I like using the 21 Day Sugar Detox which provides encouragement and support through daily emails and a Facebook group page. This means no fruits which is very difficult for me. I also take two supplements which are helpful in killing off the bacteria: Metagenics CandiBactin AR and BR. I, of course, take many other supplements as well including Vitamin D, B Complex, Liquid B12, Probiotics, Multivitamins (my favorite it the one sold by Life Time Fitness), and Fish Oil.

So which is the Paleo Diet, you ask?

Simply put, the Paleo Diet includes eating meat, nuts, fruits and veggies with not grains or dairy. So, I don't eat grains or dairy and now instead use Coconut flour or Almond meal as often as I can. I use earth balance butter, Almond or Coconut Milk, and Coconut or Olive Oil for cooking. Ideally, I should eat out as little as possible and cook at home as much as possible.

When I follow my diet as prescribed, I feel great, when I veer off even slightly, I instantly regret it. Let me tell you, it is not easy to follow this diet all the time. I crave cookies, candy, bread, cheese, pasta, cupcakes, etc. But after many falls off the wagon (and more to come I'm sure), I know what I have to do to be and feel my best so that I can serve my family, friends, and clients.  

I would love to talk with anyone who has additional questions about what I went through or what I do for my health. Please feel free email me at surpassinggreatness@gmail.com

My Favorite Paleo Websites/Facebook Pages




My Favorite Books on Autoimmune Disorders and Yeast Overgrowth

The Inside Tract by Dr. Gerard Mullin (I am featured in this book as an example of successful treatment :) )

(there is a questionnaire you can take on this site to help you see if you have the symptoms)

2 comments:

  1. Suzanne, you are in inspiration to me. thank you for sharing your journey with us. love,
    Melissa:)

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    1. Thanks so much for sharing! I was praying that my post would be an encouragement to others! Blessings to you!

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