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Posted by: Gumby, Monday, January 15, 2007, 8:54pm
Thought I would post a bit about how I came to this way of eating just so you all know where I am coming from :D .

Stats: I am a 41 yo (had to think about that for a sec!) female.

My first intro to ERFYT came way back in around 96 I think, saw a spot on the news and got the book.  To make a long story very short, for a myriad of reasons it was not something I got into too much.  

Boy it is kind of hard to keep things succinct, my life story keeps wanting to spill out LOL!  Will try to hit the key points ONLY.

After life alterning events of the past 10 years, which include awakening to the role that anxiety was playing in my life and dealing with an aggressive cancer/surgeries/treatments/aftermath, I was at a point where I knew there was more I could do but I just could not figure it out.  

I am very fortunate...for me, cancer has been a journey that has brought me back to myself and taken me places that nothing else could have.  One of those gifts has been to tune me into my body in a way that I did not know was possible.  Through the journey, I have been slowly rebuilding in a new way.  

Hit a snag last year, and had a really difficult 6 mos.  Finally knew I needed to figure some things out food wise, so returned to my ND that I knew was really into the btd.  I went kind of prepared to resisit that LOL, what I really wanted was allergy and vega testing.  So there I am, chatting to my ND while he does the testing...he mentions btd...I mutter something noncommital...then he starts talking about the type A and cortisol stuff.  WELL!  I had been doing quite a bit of research on the endocrine system and cortisol.  Suddenly my resistance fell.  This was news to me, had no real clue that the newer btd research dealt with such things.  Had one of those "I am exactly where I need to be at this moment" moments, and forward I went.

Interstingly, my diet was not too far off in some ways, the refinements I had been doing were indeed good for me, which is probably why I had better allergy results than he expected.  In terms of eating avoids, there were only a few major ones that I ate regularly.  I suspect they are doozies for me though, based on my results.  

The biggest changes in doing the bt for me were adding variety and new foods, and altering my ideas about grains.  

I started cold turkey in early november.  Not just the BTD, but also the supps prescribed by my ND, which included things for my thyroid, liver, and cal mag and b's as I was a bit deficient there.  Honestly, I was a tad skeptical and expected to have to wait a while to see any kind of changes.

I felt better from the first day.  Noticably better.  I figured maybe it was the euphoria of starting something new, and the empowering feeling of finally, after struggling for a while, being able to DO something for myself again.  And the fact that I misunderstood my NDs instructions and was taking too much vit B LOL!  

But it has been 10 weeks now.  I am still in awe.  I am sleeping better than I have in ages.  Part of that is better sleep patterns that seem to come with this, but another that I was not expecting at that I am not in pain.  I am COMFORTABLE in bed.  No more getting up just cuz I can't find a restful position for my body.  Honestly, I did not even know this was happening as much as it was until it stopped.  I have had pain management issues from various things over the past 5 years, and it got to the point where I just didn't notice it anymore...that low grade pain that wears you down to the ground and you don't know why you are so tired and uncomfortable.  

Anyway, those things alone have changed my life.  But I feel so good in so many other ways too.  And, I've lost amost 10 lbs too...I had no weight loss goals or expeciations at all but YIPPEE anyway!  :D  And my innards feel so much better.  I finally feel like I am getting the energy and goodness out of the foods that I eat!

I finally feel like my rehab can start working again, and that I am moving forward.  What a blessing.

Oh, and the exercise stuff.  I could kiss Dr D for that info too.  Just knowing that the gentle, stress relieving exercise is enough for, that dropped my cortisol level down to my toes LOL!  Seriously, no more beating myself up because what I am doing is just not enough.  Talk about freeing!  My body still has a very long way to go in rebuilding strength and stamina after all it has been through, and knowing that I am doing exactly what I should be feels GREAT!

I live in a small town in BC, and am so lucky as it is a beautiful place to heal.  We have incredible medical professionals and SO much alternative stuff available here.  And slowly but surely, many of them are starting to work together.  We also have an amazing food coop/hfs etc, so it is relatively easy to find everything I need at reasonable prices.  I feel so fortunate because of all of that.  Beyond words, really.

Thank you all for this forum, I am so impressed at the amount of info that is available here.  I look forward to learning more and helping out where I can! :D
Posted by: yaman, Monday, January 15, 2007, 9:00pm; Reply: 1
Congratulations Gumby!

Keep up the good work :)

Posted by: Lola, Monday, January 15, 2007, 9:04pm; Reply: 2
your enthusiasm is a real boost to all!

take a look at other cancer survivors, an A like you and an AB, their blogs are a great help to all who are struggling:
Posted by: MyraBee, Monday, January 15, 2007, 10:01pm; Reply: 3
I'm genuinely pleased for you, Gumby!   :D

Thank you so much for sharing your story with us--It's great to have you here!


Posted by: Esmerelda, Tuesday, January 16, 2007, 9:04pm; Reply: 4
It's incredibly uplifting to read stories such as yours.

Thanks so much for making my day, and Bon Courage for the rest!
Posted by: Susana, Tuesday, January 16, 2007, 10:29pm; Reply: 5
Thanks for sharing :K) I love reading testimonials like this one.


Posted by: Henriette Bsec, Wednesday, January 17, 2007, 9:38am; Reply: 6
What a lovely story - with so much hope and inspiration - wlcome :-D
Posted by: Alia Vo, Wednesday, January 17, 2007, 8:45pm; Reply: 7
Thank you for sharing your very personal testimony and journey with us, Gumby.

It's such a pleasure to hear of the great improvements in your health since you've reintroduced the BTD lifestyle into your life and have made some refinements with supplements and exercise.

I wish you much more good health...

Posted by: 84 (Guest), Sunday, January 21, 2007, 4:24pm; Reply: 8
Where in BC are you living? It's my second home...
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