Who Am I

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“People are fed by the food industry,

which pays no attention to health,

and are treated by the health industry,

which pays no attention to food.”

~Wendell Berry

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I felt depressed the day leading up to it.  A symptom I later learned was one of my “indicators”. The following day, I was grabbing my typical morning coffee from the office break room when I started to see colors and auras. Seconds later,  my tongue lost sensation, I bit my lip as I started to lose vision in my left eye, only to notice I couldn’t feel them.  Just eighteen years old, my eyes filled with tears as I rushed back to my cubical to call my mom for help.  As we sped down the freeway towards the hospital she grabbed my hand and uncertainly reassured me that I was going to be okay.  About an hour later I experienced the worst headache of my life, it felt as if there were chisels chipping away at my brain from the inside.  I was scared as the doctor came in the room with his diagnosis. I had a migraine.  A migraine?  I thought I was experiencing a stroke but this was just a headache, and why, they could not tell me.   They pumped me full of morphine, filled up a big bottle of vicodin, and sent me on my way.  I spent 10 years in and out of ER’s, multiple doctors, multiple neurologists, and many different prescriptions with some VERY scary side effects.

A few years ago, I came down with a pretty severe allergic reaction. I broke out in hives for days, experienced swelling in my throat and mouth.  In and out of the ER, the multiple doctors prescribed everything from allergy medications to steroid dose packs, and from EpiPens to no tight clothing (huh?).  I had blood drawn, scratch tests, and air mold tests.  Guess what, no answers, again.  By this time I was fed up. I had quit smoking, lost 30 pounds, and significantly reduced my stress level.  I was feeling the healthiest I’d thought I’d been in my life, but was still suffering from these odd illnesses.  I started to question things.

I’m just your everyday thirty-something year old girl trying to find my way and make sense of it all.  Between the migraines (which I continued to consistently suffer from) and the random “food allergies”, I had enough.

It started with a documentary most have seen or at least heard of, Food, Inc., and continued with more and more research until I learned of GMO’s. Genetically Modified Organisms.  In other words, the DNA of our food is altered for various reasons.  Read all about it here: http://www.nongmoproject.org/

Once I learned of this horrific practice, which obviously, I do not agree with, I decided it was time to take my health into my own hands.  Now, I’ve reached a point of no return.  I’m obsessed with what’s in my food. Food dye’s, preservatives, ammonia, meat glue.   I’ve had bad skin, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, frequent debilitating migraines. Never once, NOT ONE TIME EVER, did a doctor ask me “what are you eating?”.

I finally have taken accountability for myself, my health, and my happiness.  In doing so, I’ve lost more weight, gained strength, cleared my skin, lowered my cholesterol, my blood pressure is below normal, and I only get migraines a couple of times a year (if that).  All without medication.

There is so much information out there.  I’m gathering what is important to me and keeping it here.  Follow me on my journey and start your fresh life now.

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