First, let me clarify that this photo of the bluffs taken from my roof terrace has nothing to do with today's post. In a natural, raw way though I do think its beautiful during the green rainy season.
I'm going to write about sugar and salt.
I've hesitated to write this post. If I read it somewhere else, I wouldn't believe it.
It's rather personal but I hope my writing this it might spare someone else the pain that I have endured for close to a year.
About a year ago I had difficulty walking. Especially when I got ready to stand up the pain that shot up my legs caused me to lean over like the "crooked man" from fairy tales. It was very severe. I have a high tolerance for pain so I knew something was wrong.
Going to the Dr. he took x rays and said "sciatica". What? What to do? Specific back exercise and pain meds like Ibuprofen until I couldn't tolerate it anymore and then perhaps surgery. WHAT?
I adapted. Instead of walking down the hill, I started using the car. The pain affected my balance and in the period of a couple of weeks, I fell three times. Nothing serious - just bruises and swelling.
To go up the stairs after a while from my bedroom to the living room/dining room/kitchen required that I hold the wall and walk slowly. It was darn depressing.
Then the next thing that hit was unbelievable pain in my lower legs like the nerve endings were being rubbed with sandpaper. Went to the Doctor. He said "Gout". WHAT? Gave me meds which I never took.
About a month ago there was a convergence of events that caused me to sit up and take notice. First was a show on TV about knee replacement and the recovery period. I was astounded at how complicated and long the process would be. My knees and hip have hurt for years.
Then the National Geographic magazine came out with Sugar on the cover. I read the article and was astounded at the statistics and the toxicity of sugar.
Then I ran into a friend who has lost 45 pounds in a year by eating correctly.
That was it!. That very day I said, "I'm through not eating correctly".
I have eliminated sugar and salt. I have not had processed foods only seafood such as salmon, tuna and tilapia. Fruits and vegetables along with beef once a week. A piece of bread a day.
No cheese, pasta or potatoes. I hardly miss any of it.
If I do eat something I shouldn't have, I'm back to being "correct" at the next meal.
By week three I had NO joint pain, back pain or any other kind of pain. NONE. I'm running around this house like a 50 year old woman on a mission. I have my energy and dexterity back. Truly. I'm no longer taking ibuprofen. Of course since I'm eating correctly, I'm losing weight. I wouldn't say I'm dieting. I'm just eating healthy.
It is truly amazing. More then I could ever have imagined.
Who knew that those two ingredients could be so hazardous to your health?
I certainly didn't. I'm delighted that I have learned a very valuable lesson.
Hope this helps someone else who might be in joint, back and other pain.
Thanks for listening.