A few weeks ago I bumped into a friend at the grocery. She glowed. She radiated energy. She exuded happiness.
After I begged her to shareShe told me why. I asked her to come here and share with you, too.
I’m 45 years old and my face has been broken out for over 9 months.
I’d been to my dermatologist and have tried a myriad of topicals and antibiotics. Nothing seemed to work.
I started wondering if my skin issues was hormone related so I decided to venture out of what I would call the main stream doctors and went to see a health and wellness doctor.
That decision took me on a journey I would have never imagined.
I was excited to have the blood work done and get on bioidentical hormones that are specific to what my body needs. In addition to the hormone testing they offered an ALCAT test which tests for food sensitivities.
I thought, “why not?” since my insurance covered it.
The results were eye opening.
On the hormones I was low in vitamin D, low on testosterone levels, and low on T3. I was prescribed vitamin D drops, testosterone cream, progesterone, and a low dosage of thyroid.
The ALCAT results threw me for a loop (MizFit note: There is more information on precisely what that test is here. It’s very interesting…to this misfit at least.)
I am highly sensitive to iceburg lettuce, oranges, cocoa/chocolate, and garlic. The test results also listed foods in which I’m moderating and mildly sensitive.
It was all so overwhelming.
While I had all this information I didn’t know how to apply it. So I decided to try a detox program my doctor had available through his office. It changed my life.
The detox program was only 28 days and told me exactly what to eat for each meal as well as snacks.
It avoided dairy, breads, sugar, and alcohol. I liked the fact the program includes meal replacement shakes for some meals. That made it easy.
Also, I was buying produce and meat at the grocery story I had never tried or prepared before. I always knew I needed to eat more fruits and vegetables, but I didn’t know how to realistically incorporate that into my daily routine.
The 28 day detox program told me exactly what to eat so I didn’t have to come up with a meal plan on my own. That’s exactly what I needed to change my eating habits.
I feel better than I have in a long time.
I have more energy. I think more clearly. I lost weight and inches around my middle area. My libido is higher than it’s been in ages. And the length of my period has cut in half. My acne is getting better. It still isn’t where I want it to be. But what was the impetus for going to the health and wellness doctor benefited me in so many ways I wasn’t expecting.
I have to admit after the diet I celebrated with an individual stuffed pizza and a few glasses of wine–but that was a treat. It’s not my norm.
Through the detox diet I have learned how to plan healthier meals and snacks for my family.
I feel good about what I put on my husband and 6-year-old daughter’s plate.
I can feel confident I’m giving them fuel for a healthy body and healthy mind.
It’s definitely an investment and takes commitment to change eating habits. But it’s so worth it.
My mom used to tell me, “You are what you eat.” She’s right.