Gluten free oatmeal with beef gelatin for added protein?
Sautéed celery, carrots, and turkey patties with salt and marjoram?
Baked and herbed chicken thighs?
Almond butter on iceberg lettuce wrapped around a slice of leftover turkey/beef meatloaf?
Almond/coconut milk smoothie with celery, carrot, avocado, and Celtic sea salt?
Yes! Things sure can get weird when you’re on 3 diets at once: 1) mold-free due to mold illness, 2) Candida/low sugar and starch due to a systemic infection, and 3) low sulphur due to probable methylation issues. And you thought trying to lose a couple of pounds for your New Year’s Resolution was challenging? That’s kid’s stuff in my kitchen! At least number 3 is only for 10 days before I add back cruciferous vegetables to see if they have contributed to the noxious symptoms of the past 2 years. Who knows? Maybe I’ll figure out how to make pancakes out of squash and coconut flour after all!
In the meantime, note the incredible power of food. I have a true Foodie friend who was able to help her sister recover from a deadly kidney disease in record time by painstakingly altering her sister’s eating plan. The Nephrologist was astounded at the improvements in her lab results. Yes, food is fuel and should require more of our time and attention if we desire better performance from our bodies or health. While I do wish that my adherence to a mold-free and Candida diet for the past year would have made more of a difference, I know that I would be FAR WORSE if I had been more lax. I am grateful for the supernatural strength of the Lord to help me shop for, prepare, and tolerate these special foods when I have felt very sick.
Somehow I am not be surprised that the Lord cares for all of these details of my life.
Matthew 6:26 (NIV)
26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
The food of the earth was created for our nourishment and enjoyment from the very beginning.
Genesis 1 (NIV)
11 Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
He has provided so much for us so I am challenged to be a good steward of that which He has provided. I certainly can make it through the inconvenience and “missing out” of the sweeter and juicier foods for a time if it will help me get well. I don’t need to know how long this will last; I am just grateful that there are new approaches to try and I only have to go to my local grocery store to find them!
So if you are facing some new dietary challenges this year, take heart! You are not alone. The changes you are making might just change your life in more ways than you imagined. Besides, the smell of almond slices roasting in a little organic olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt is, well, heavenly! Try it on a salad or topping a casserole in place of cheese and see whatcha think. ;J