Just before this time last year, as chronicled in my first post on this blog, I was plagued with frequent "strep throat" and an increasing variety of other ailments that I hadn't connected to my diet. I was overjoyed as I cleared up these health issues by following a primal-style, anti-candida diet. But as the months went on and began to approach a year, I was in disbelief at my own sustained wellness, higher energy, what still feels like someone else's clear complexion, better focus and greater productivity. Even as I began formally studying nutrition and bolstering my understanding of the ability of foods to heal the body and mind, I was still in awe of the results I was getting when I put it into practice for myself. I "knew" that "80% of the immune system resides in the gut" and that healing the gut could potentially heal one's seemingly unrelated ailments. But I didn't truly come to know this deeply until I experienced it for myself.
I have one nagging problem that will be a goal for the year to come, which is that in the week prior menstruation I tend to experience extreme fatigue as a symptom of PMS. Even this has begun to lessen in the past couple of months, but for much of the year, there was a day or two each month that I'd have to work in bed. My study schedule gets thrown off because I'm unable to do anything outside of work on such days, and I essentially lose up to 5 days per month of productivity during the toughest months. So while I'm encouraged by the last couple of months' cycles not requiring any work-in-bed days, this concern is definitely a work in progress that I will be focusing on for the next several months.
I am also finally at the point in my life where I can dip my toes into meditation, which I seem to be ready for, versus merely interested in/terrified of, now. Even just my short and recent forays into it have yielded positive effects on my mood and focus. I look forward to continuing to delve more deeply into that practice.
This year has been all the motivation I need to stay on track with the changes I've made and I am totally grateful for the sweet rewards I've garnered from a year of escape from sugar and grains.
And looking forward to the warming and nourishing foods of Fall!