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My Health Story

             

     I wanted to begin by stating that this isn’t easy to share or talk about. It is truly something I have struggled with my entire life and there are a few people who really know the details about my health issues. However, I think it is important to be straightforward about my health especially, if I am going to support living a healthier lifestyle and the importance of listening to ones body.  I want you to know that I didn’t become passionate about health overnight. I wish I could say I eat perfectly healthy 100% of the time but the truth is, its hard to fight for your health. Especially, with all the temptations in this world. However, I get back up and I commit to fighting for my life and well being. I try to be extra conscience of what I put into my body because I have listened to it and studied its needs. This is important to me because I want to set a good example for my children and take care of them properly through food, nutrition and a lot of Jesus. 

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Okay so here is my story,  I hope I don’t bore you and I apologize for the ramble in advance! At the age of ten, I began experiencing symptoms of depression, fatigue, anxiety and mental fog. My school grades were dropping and I was loosing interest in things I once found fun and exciting. At the age of thirteen I started gaining unexplainable weight, loosing hair like crazy and had dry brittle nails and skin. After having blood work done It was discovered that I had hypothyroidism which is an underactive thyroid gland that cannot produce enough thyroid hormone to keep the body running normally. This then leads to chemical imbalances within the body that effect your neurological and physical health. 
Anyway, I was put on medication and things began to improve or so I thought. Unfortunately, my hormonal issues did not stop there. I began to experience adrenal fatigue and went years without getting a period (Yikes). At the age of seventeen I was diagnosed with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) which is another hormonal imbalance that affects your periods and leads to infertility. I was told that if I ever wanted to get pregnant in the future It would be very difficult or even impossible. Finally, at the age of 23 I began to develop patches of dry skin on my scalp and behind my ears and tried every kind of dandruff shampoo you could imagine thinking this was the issue. After being examined, I was told I actually had psoriasis and I thought to myself, “OH JOY” another annoying health issue to add to the list. Seriously, it felt like one thing after another which added to my levels of stress. By the Grace of God, I was able to get through a lot of hurdles within my youth.
Throughout the years of finding out about my hormonal and chemical imbalances, I decided I would take control of my health and not live a careless life with no direction or real answers. The truth is, there is always a reason for your disease, a culprit if you will. At this point, simply taking a pill to mask my issues was not enough for me. I am thankful that God helped me through my rough patches and after doing thorough research, I learned that there is a distinct link between the foods/chemicals we consume and the most common chronic diseases in the world. Really understanding this, changed my life and the way i started to think about what i was putting into my body. Food, should be the fuel you use to function at your best everyday. In other words, I decided I would make it my mission to eat to live and not live to eat (unhealthy foods). 
Do not get me wrong, I love eating unhealthy foods. I mean, who doesn’t? However, I almost always feel the guilt trip after my indulgences because I have learned that my body does not react well to high carb/sugary and processed foods. Afterwards, I always feel the immediate bloat and sluggishness that I hate. Not to mention, consuming these kinds of foods increases your cravings for them leaving you in the downward spiral of health concerns. I admit it, it is so hard to not eat whatever you want and everyday it is a struggle to say simply say no, thank you. I am a huge foodie and I don’t think that will ever change but I am on personal mission to make food my friend and not my enemy. I want food to help me live purely and not ruin me. Taking care of yourself should not be about what you want to look like but how you want to feel. I enjoy having fun with food by playing around with colors/flavors and creating simple healthy meals that my family and I will enjoy. I like to play with simple all natural ingredients and create some thing delicious but at the same time attractive to the eye. You want to want to eat your food and not get tired of eating it! Choosing alternatives to your “guilty pleasures” that are still delicious and  better for you is the key to kill those cravings! Be sure to check out the recipes I post on this blog. I promise I will not disappoint in the area of delicious and simple.
                                                       
                                         

 |Buen provecho  Bon Appetite|

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