Helloooooo…ooo…ooo…it’s me...(sang in a perfect Adele voice of course). Ha!
Wow…it’s been over a year since I’ve written anything new on this blog! Hopefully you remember who I am?!?!?
Perhaps this will help – my website is primarily about natural recipes and avoiding food additives; and my natural foods journey began many years ago when I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and then alleviated my symptoms through natural lifestyle changes (click here to read my return-to-health story).
I also blog about happiness, gratitude, following your dreams, and my full-time RV traveling life.
I’d explain why I’ve been gone so long from the blog, but it’s a long and complicated story (i.e., I’ve got limited data at this campground right now, so it’ll be cheaper for me not to! Ha!). We’ll save those details for a future post if that’s cool with you?
New blog posts have been brewing in my head this past year, and I’m finally making time to sit down and share them. What finally prompted me to sit down and start sharing with you is that during the past couple of years of our travels, I’ve finally gotten up the nerve to lighten up a bit on my 100% additive-free diet.
Wow! I never thought I’d utter those words!
When I learned about food additives many years ago (and alleviated all of my Fibro symptoms by avoiding them), I assumed they’d never, ever pass through my lips again. But, alas, I do actually enjoy going out to eat sometimes these days (and ordering more than water!)…and I’ve even eaten regular ol’ candy! Gasp!
(I know, right?!)
Yes, I know…it sounds crazy coming from me! And, perhaps, you find it hypocritical…because I do still very much believe that a 100% additive-free diet is best for us physiologically. For now though, I’ll just say two things:
1) Life is a journey. And, I could be wrong, but I do anticipate myself returning to a more pure diet again in the future.
2) Our physiological health is determined by many factors in addition to our diets, including our mental state.
Loosening up on my dietary restrictions has brought me much joy and fellowship and also encouraged me to believe that I’ll be able to travel more freely in the future (perhaps internationally?) without having to be so 100% concerned with every ingredient in every thing that passes through my lips. And that has been so incredibly freeing!
You may be wondering….
“Exactly how and why did you start loosening up on your dietary restrictions?”
“How often do you eat things that aren’t additive-free?”
“How are you feeling physically?”
“Do you ever have reactions from the additives?”
“Aren’t you worried about Fibro symptoms returning?”
“What exactly have you eaten?”
Stay tuned, and I’ll do my best to ease these curiosities (and more!) in my next post.
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And if you have questions, please comment below. I’ll do my best to include those answers in my next post or answer you directly. See you soon!!
My story is so similar to yours. I can never thank you enough for inspiring me to try eating clean. I feel so much better and I am off all my former medications. You pretty much saved my life. I do have treats from time to time but for the most part I love eating clean foods which make me feel great. Hoping 2017 is your best year yet!
Thanks so much for taking time to comment. I’m so glad my journey could help you! That’s a silver lining to my years of health struggles for sure. I hope you have an amazing year as well! Sounds like you’re off to a great start!
What happened? You haven’t posted again! I literally just found your story on YouTube. I am going through a terrible flare of autoimmune symptoms. I have horrible burning pain inside and out. I have fibromyalgia plus autoimmune neuropathy, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, arthritis and on and on. I’ve just started on the AIP diet and I’m eliminating everything from my diet. I wonder how you’re doing after a year of eating less and clean food. Not that im going to do that right now. I just need to know that there’s hope for the future. I would like to eat out sometimes! Please answer all of the above questions you asked! It’s taken me 30 yrs. to get this sick and probably 50 + doctors and health specialists that haven’t helped.
You are doing exactly what my husband and I were hoping to do when he retires in a few years; traveling across the country for months at a time. We’ve been trailering for the last 10 years and I’ve slowly seen in my life disappear from me in a sea of pain and misery. You give me hope that there may be a future for me!
I’m so sorry to hear about your health struggles, and I hope that you find some much-needed relief very, very soon! Apologies for leaving this topic hanging there on the internet with no closure….life has just led me away from blogging for a while, I guess.
I’m so glad that my story gives you hope for healing…and ironically can also give you hope that you, too, may be able to go out to eat again eventually following that healing.
As for me, I’m doing GREAT!!! For the past couple years, I’ve been going out to eat one to three times per week, I’d say. I’m definitely not saying that’s the HEALTHIEST thing in the world…but I’ve not been having any of my old symptoms…so I’m greatly enjoying it, especially now that we live with SUCH a TEENY kitchen and tend to make very simple meals when we eat at home in the RV. It’s SUCH a luxury for me (and one that I never take for granted) to be able to have someone ELSE prepare food for us AND do the dishes! LOL! Five years ago, I never thought I’d have the nerve (or desire) to try eating out. But …life sometimes leads us in unexpected directions, huh? After years of missing out on “fellowship” at family and social gatherings involving food, it’s also so nice to be able to partake in these situations, too!