It is our ONE year anniversary of going Paleo!! When I stop to actually think about it, it’s so hard to comprehend how many changes we’ve made. What a difference a year truly makes:
Jan 5 2013: I heard the doctor say: “Based on all the tests we’ve run, the results are indicative of MS.” I heard it, but didn’t comprehend it. I just wanted so badly to get out of the hospital after being there for 3 days. I wanted to be alone to figure this out for myself. Unfortunately, I had 3 more days to go.
Jan 26 2013: I figured it out. Rather, I had a game plan. I was going Paleo and not starting MS drugs. I poured over information from Dr. Wahl’s and others and knew this was the path for me. Chuck agreed and we become gluten, grain, dairy, soy, processed food free.
Feb 1 2013: Paleo flu hits me HARD. Google it. I’m in the bathroom at work unable to move because I feel so sick. Chuck has to drive to the burbs to pick me up and take me home. I spend the rest of the weekend in bed with zero energy, feeling sick to my stomach. I’m questioning my chosen path. I recover a few days later, but am still on quite the adjustment period. This lasts for a good month.
Mar 2013: I start to adjust and get the hang of Paleo living. I am still experiencing MS symptoms in my legs, feet and back but, they are finally subsiding. I’ve been going to work this whole time, but am now comfortable enough to go out socially. I went back to yoga at the end of the month which meant the world to me.
May 2013: I’m working with my chiropractor/ wellness doctor. I’m eating good, taking the right supplements and feeling great. I’m feeling normal again. We start doing all kinds of weird stuff like skin brushing, making bone broth, eliminating toxins from our household and eating grass fed gelatin.
Aug 2013: Trip to Napa. Feeling awesome. We drink some wine. Chuck proudly parades around in his first speedo.
Sep 2013: I do a 6 week ‘cleanse’. It’s basically an even stricter version of Paleo. I’ve reduced alcohol greatly and when I do drink, it’s red wine only. But, I’m completely alcohol free during this time. Chuck wanted this cleanse to be over as much as I did. Maybe I was moody?
Dec 2013: First MRI since diagnosis. I absolutely dreaded it. Ok, I had a glass of champagne to celebrate when it was over. Chuck starts doing yoga and loves it! He also starts doing more weird stuff like oil pulling (google it).
Jan 2014: Doctor calls with results of MRI. No new lesions and existing ones have diminished. I have proof and validation that I’m doing the right thing for me. Paleo has truly changed my life.
TODAY (January 31 2014): Feeling incredible. Yes, sometimes there are still minor symptoms. For the most part though, I feel better than ever. We are both full of energy, we sleep soundly and we eat amazing Paleo food. Chuck has lost 35 lbs and his blood pressure is the lowest it’s ever been. It was a process, but a worthwhile one. For anyone starting out, know that it doesn’t happen overnight, but it does happen. From my perspective, it’s absolutely worth it. Ok, we might have a glass of wine tonight.
Cheers – Happy Anniversary!