Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Body Ecology Diet and RA Update

I am on month four of the Body Ecology Diet. I really like being on the diet. I like having control over what I eat rather than food controlling me. I like not feeling bloated all the time. I like that my jeans fit everyday. I like that my digestive tract is balancing out. I like that I am listening to my body. I like buying a ton of veggies and never having to throw any out because they are ALWAYS used. I like that my children see me working towards a goal that improves not only my health but also their health. I like that we aren't spending money on eating out. The kids even mentioned the other day when we got takeout for them that it feels more special now. I like eating soups. I like having more energy mentally and physically. I like that the cyst on my wrist disappeared. I like that the stomach fat I have been fighting the last two years has disappeared. I like trying new foods.

What I miss since on the diet is sharing meals with others. I always bring my own food or eat before going so I am not tempted to get off the diet. There is something to sharing the same meal with others that I miss, but with time it will come and for now I am able to expose others to new recipes. The other thing I really miss is wine. I love sharing a glass of wine with Steve. (I went through this same withdrawal in 2004 when I eliminated coffee.) But, I have figured out a little way of tricking my mind and it seems to work. When Steve is having a glass of wine I make a drink out of stevia, unsweetened cranberry juice and either mineral water or coconut kefir and pour it into a wine glass. Then I just pretend I am drinking wine too when in reality I am nourishing my body. Pretty clever, huh? All that time of imaginary play with the kids is paying off for me now!

Overall I am having some good days and feeling very positive about the changes I am making and feel many will remain with me for life. I feel like the first elimination diet I did at the end of 2004, just a year after my symptoms hit, helped set the stage for this diet. I experienced great relief from the diet (it does take many months of staying on the diet strictly to see results) that meds just didn't seem to help with. Unfortunately I let some things slip back over the years that just don't work for my body.

I am currently coming out of a flare that lasted a little over a week. There are three ideas in my mind of what might have caused this flare. First idea is that the last two days in Wichita I ran out of food options (not really true, my dad and step mom would have happily made something for me) and ended up eating very undesirable foods. Then I came home and made a gluten free carrot cake (full of sugar) for Steve's birthday and ate that. It just may have been worth this flare-up - it was that good! The second idea is that we have been tweaking my homeopathy remedy and it may have aggravated my symptoms so that is now being adjusted too. The third idea is this is just RA reminding me that it is still at work and I have lots of work ahead of me.


  1. It's great to be able to take control of your diet, rather than the other way around. I'm not on the diet you are, but I'm trying hard to stick to healthy foods in healthy portions (did a bit of -- okay, a lot of -- backsliding over the holidays). Thanks for reminding me how good being in control of it feels, along with the little percs, like pants that don't pinch and none of that bloated, sickish full feeling. You're doing just great! I'm rooting for you, Cathy, and I'm full of hope that your diet WILL have a beneficial effect on the RA. The good part is that even if it doesn't, you still get all those other bennies! :o)

    About the previous post: I wish I'd known about un-schooling when my daughter was a kid. She's an artist (like me) and traditional school was SO difficult for her. She's very intelligent, but had bad grades in a lot of subjects because she was simply bored by them and wouldn't do the homework. Un-schooling seems like it would have been perfect for her. Bravo that you're doing this for your kids!

  2. Wren,
    Thank you so much for your comment. It really touched me. To know there are others out there rooting for me is huge. We are definitely all in this together and any support we can lend to one another has got to help.

    Unschooling really is amazing. I hope your daughter has moved on from the frustrations of school to find the path she was meant to live.
    Thanks again,

  3. What I love Cathy is that you keep working on your RA but not letting it take over. I wish I had your will power! You are my inspiration for healthier habits!

  4. You know, I never really got it until I started reading here. We can use mind over matter to totally trick ourselves into believing we are having "a wine moment" without really having the wine.

    When I've really just had enough of my cast I just remind myself that my other foot bends and moves and that's enough to get me through the moment.

    Sometimes I think its good to be reminded that we can chose to eat clean or we can chose to eat what we want and to take the choice that comes along with that.

    I'm eating gluten right now but I'm not paying...when that happens again, you can bet I will be gluten free in a flash!

    I'm glad that life if treating you well and that the results from the diet outweigh some of the trickier aspects!! :)