Hi everyone! Thanks for stopping in to visit our blog! My name is Brenna and I am so blessed to be blogging with my husband on one of my biggest passions in life: healthy whole food!
Although we share a little about ourselves and why we eat a wheat & gluten free diet in our ‘About us’ page, I thought I would share a little more about my personal health journey in finding what currently works best for me and my body, helping my feel and look my best.
Where it all started….
To be honest, I grew up pretty clueless about nutrition and what that even looked like. I was very blessed to have a mom who was an incredible cook and a true foodie. She cooked most of our meals from scratch, we rarely ate fast food, and junk food was a pretty rare commodity in our pantry.
So, all in all, I thought that we were a balanced healthy family. Of course, I didn’t think twice about my antibiotic facial creams that bleached all towels and pillow cases all in the name of eliminating acne problems during my teenage years.
I also never connected the dots of my constant nasal congestion and allergy symptoms with my daily gluten and dairy consumption. It wasn’t until my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was a sophomore in college that I began, for the first time, to actually think of food as medicine and the fuel that runs your body.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
I became a Vegan…
At the time, my mom started researching diets to help reverse cancer and heal her body. She came across the vegan diet. The diet encouraged patients battling a disease to flood their body with plant nutrients and cut out all animal protein. In attempt to support my mom, me and the rest of my family went 100 percent vegan and ate a mostly raw food diet.
Although, my mom ended up passing away a year and a half later due to the very aggressive nature of her cancer I will never forget the incredible results from her eating nutrient dense foods. She truly looked glowing.
By eliminating foods that can cause lots of inflammation such as dairy and hormone laden meat (we never bought organic, hormone free, or grass-fed in my growing up years), my mom’s pain and suffering was minimized through her battle.
After she passed, I continued to follow a vegan diet for another 6 months. I noticed, however, that the energy I had initially felt when embarking on the new way of eating was basically non-existent. Instead, I was forever hungry and never could seem to feel satiated.
I was eating lots of nuts, veggies, and tons of grains. Yet, I felt in my heart that I wasn’t healthy. My hair was brittle, my skin looked pale, I looked drained and overall exhausted. My fiancé, and now husband Jake, did some research and learned that all my symptoms pointed to a Vitamin B12 deficiency. I tried plant based B12 supplements but I didn’t feel any better.
I learned a valuable lesson….
With the encouragement from Jake, I finally decided to eat a little portion of organic, grass-fed filet mignon to see what would happen. At this point, I didn’t have much to lose. To my surprise, my body handled it incredibly! I didn’t feel sick.
Even after not eating any animal products for about 2 years I was fine! Rather, I felt satiated and energized. It truly was like medicine for my body. Now, I realize that everyone’s bodies are different and that some people may feel incredible on a plant based, minimal protein diet.
I definitely am not here to tell you what you should and should not eat. To the contrary, I actually want to encourage you to listen to your body and eat the foods that make you feel best. However, I am not going to lie, for me personally, eating vegan was NOT eating the best for me and led me to the following conclusion:
Be very careful when going on an extreme diet. Do your research, know what nutrient deficiencies to be on the lookout for and listen to your body.
After being on a such an extreme way of eating my body was pretty out of balance. I believe it was during my stint being vegan that I overdid it on the gluten and further aggravated my gluten intolerance (unbeknownst to me at the time). So, on my continuous journey to a wheat & gluten free diet…
I then went paleo….
This is to be continued! ALSO, don’t forget to comment below and let me know what you think!