Thursday, September 20, 2012

Walking the Walk

I give out lots of advice. I can tell you what to do to fix lots of problems and kick your health up a notch. I know what herbs to take and what foods to eat. I know sugar is poison and we eat too much starch. I know that our bodies slowly become contaminated and we need to listen to the little signs or they will become huge billboards screaming our health degradation. It is so very easy to hand out advice. However......

I need to listen to my own advice and walk the walk, not just talk the talk. Sure, I eat pretty well and keep it natural and healthy for the most part. I don't binge eat or overdue sugar or sodas. But, to be honest, I haven't felt really great this last year. I did turn 40 and I chalk lots of it up to old age but really, age shouldn't be an excuse. We should be able to feel good at any age. Look at the late Jack LeLang for Pete's sake. He was the picture of health but he nourished it. He walked the walk. 

I have lots of little things going on that are starting to pile up. They are screaming for attention. I have had horrible allergies this last year. Puffy eyes, itchy skin, drowsiness. It kicks into high gear when I go outside near my garden. No bueno. I have an area of extremely itchy skin on my arm that keeps me up at night. There is nothing visible on my arm, no rash, just itchiness. I get bloated easily. Food sensitivities are increasing. My throat gets sore easily. I don't sleep as well. I have joint aches in my hips. I have to get a hysterectomy because my women parts are falling apart. I just have a general sense of not feeling great. I have come to the realization that it is up to me, and only me to change this. That, my friends, is the hard part.

I am thankful to those who inspire me. I am thankful for a husband who will walk the walk with me as he too is feeling old age creep in and the discomforts of it. He wants to grab it by the horns as well. I know with all my heart that food is the best medicine and we can cure through strict obedience.

This is going to be hard. I am blessed that I like good food but I also really like the principle of moderation and enjoy a good treat now and then. I like all food and limiting it for a while is going to be really, really hard. I am not great at follow through but I know I have to do this. I hope some of you will go on this journey with me. I will keep you all updated on my progress. I am expecting big things but I know it is going to be a constant reevaluation along the way and I will rely heavily upon prayer and personal revelation for guidance. No two people are the same and my body needs something different than the next guy. I need to stop and listen to what my body is telling me. Today it is saying that enough is enough. I am listening.

I thought about it all night as I was up with my itchy skin. As I prepared for my class on Candida tonight, I went over lots of great info that pertained to me. I know yeast has to be part of it and that has created lots of allergies in my system. I need to calm it all down. You need to do that through eliminating inflammatory foods. This is what I decided I need to do for the next month and is always a good idea for anyone to do to kick things up a notch:

No sugar. No gluten. No corn. No dairy. Very little fruits for at least the first two weeks and then in moderation  for a while after that. No citrus. Limited legumes. 

Moderate exercise. While the body is healing, it is best to not overdue it.

Lots of water!!!! No fruit juices.

Green Smoothies.

Vitamin D3, Cod Liver oil, Aloe Vera Juice, yeast killing supplements in rotation and probiotics, B complex.

Sleep. Hopefully. 

After the first month, I will see how I feel and see if I am ready to add in some sprouted grains or a a little more fruit. I will listen to my body.

Today I started off with an egg with zucchini, onions and bell peppers. It was yummy. I know this will take some big time preparation so that food is ready and on hand. Otherwise, I will reach for something that is quick and that isn't always the greatest. I can't just grab a banana or apple so I need to have the game plan written down.


I will check in with you regularly and tell you what I am eating. I want to be able to not only just tell you what to do but to tell you what it did for me. I have cured lots of issues I have had and my family have experienced but I want to feel my best. We serve better when we feel better. We are much more enjoyable to be around. Let's face it, us mothers and wives need to be at our very best. Our little worlds depend on it. Health is everything. I am not ready to sell out in that department.

I was reminded of this quote this last week and it is so applicable here:

"Don't give up what you want most for what you want now!" 

If you apply that to your health, it makes that candy bar seem a little less appealing. I want to feel good. I am not willing to trade that for the bite of candy bar now.

My goal is to be able to eat in moderation again. I believe in that principle but every now and then we need to step back and do an exam on ourselves. We need to take control before it takes control of us.

Ready. Set. Go. 

Wish me luck! You can join me if you want. 


Terri Burges Hirning said...

I'm walking with you girl!! We've had over a month of visitors so what has that meant?? People in my house who don't always eat like me. Which meant more wheat/dairy/junk than my system can handle. What am I seeing? Bloat, a few gained pounds, headaches, sleepless nights. I know the answer lies in me and just DOING what I force my kids to do!! I have been mulling this over for days. I know what I need to do. Thanks for the kickstart and I am jumping in today!! I'm traveling for the next few days which is always challenging diet-wise. But, I'm going to go in and make a green smoothie with greens from my garden right now!! Thanks for the motivation and know I am right there with you. I will be checking in on you!! xoxo

Shari Goodman said...

If Terri is doing this with me, I can do it!You are always and inspiration. Sometimes we need to eat a little garbage for a bit and feel crappy so we can get motivated again. I know I have to do this before the holidays for sure! That is going to be tough. Thanks for jumping in with me! The buddy system is the best! Miss you guys.

Laura Odom said...

I love that quote!

Good luck implementing your changes. Just take one day at a time. You can do it! :)

rachel said...

hey shari, a couple ?s:

-why do you group "no citrus" separate from fruits? are they different as far as effects on your body?

-do you know where i can get arrowroot powder? no luck at sprouts or trader joes.

-how many drops of D3 do you use for yourself? kids?

-thanks for being so honest in your blog post. :)

Families are Forever said...

Regarding your hysterectomy, you may want to check out

The information on the site may not be right for you, but it sure helped me. Thought I'd share...

Perhaps our family needs to go on this "inflammation diet". We have tried everything under the sun for our sinus/asthma allergies--with no success. Would love to see some success stories regarding sinus/asthma issues on your site---just to give me a bit of hope! lol

Shari Goodman said...

Families are forever,
Can you email me? I would love yo ask you some questions.

Terri Burges Hirning said...

Well I must be honest, traveling for the IMMH conference was TOUGH diet-wise!!! Their food selections got healthier as the conference went on funny enough. But, I'm home and back on track!! I miss you SO much!!!