What’s your pain telling you?? Is it a sign of something a little more complex?

How are you doing?

I’m doing quite well…besides you know…the nagging pain, (of which I am going to talk briefly about in this post). :o)

First thing…I want to let you know how much I appreciate you here. I am grateful for the fact you are taking time out of your busy life to click on this link and peek at what I am writing. That being said, I will make it as short and sweet as possible, but hopefully share enough that you’ll find some of this useful!

So…pain. I have been in tons of pain lately. It’s in my right lower leg and foot. It’s the kind of pain I figured my husband could treat and “fix”. For those of you who may not know, he is a soft tissue, chiropractic, sports therapist. I know I am a little biased, but the man is a magician. He’s super talented, and a very compassionate practitioner.

However, you know that saying about the carpenter’s wife having the house that’s falling apart? Yep. That’s me and my body. I think it’s because his treatments are not the most comfortable, pretty painful actually. So, I neglect getting treatedL And I ALWAYS leave my injuries until they are super bad.

Well, the pain was getting so bad I couldn’t even walk when getting up in the morning without my cushy sandals on my feet.

Last weekend Mark went away and the pain was so bad, I figured we should make a plan to treat me the following week. In the meantime, I thought I would also be a little proactive and look at my diet.

DIET. PAIN. What do they really have in common??? A LOT actually.

Now, without going into all the boring details, (because I am determined to not lose you), I do have a family history of rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory “issues”, (physical and psychological), I do also know I have a sensitivity to dairy products, (casein from cow’s milk specifically). We have access to Meridian labs food allergy testing in our clinic, so I’ve been tested 3 times already.

So, while Mark was away last weekend, I really watched my diet. I pulled up all my health coaching files, browsed my notes, meal plans and books. Doing this got me a little inspired, and made a plan. Now, I will tell you, you cannot make all your symptoms magically go away in 1-2 days, but it’s pretty amazing how the body adjusts in a short period of time.

To make myself clear, really clear, I am not saying diet alone is the “cure all”, and either are essential oils…or exercising all by itself. Being well and healthy is a whole approach. What I am saying is there is a direct correlation between diet and INFLAMMATION.

In the next 3 days of no:

  • Sugar
  • Dairy (yogurt, cheese, modified milk products, whey etc)
  • Processed meats

my pain was significantly reduced. This was without soft tissue treatment. No laser. No shockwave. No yoga. No essential oils, (Deep Blue, specifically). Just a change in my diet.

While Mark was away, I texted him that it was crazy how my foot, heel and lower leg was way better and this is what he wrote back, (I could sense the sarcasm and eye rolling in his text):

“The only reason we feel pain…To change our behaviours that are detrimental to our life. Healthcare only really exists because humans don’t listen to ourselves or try and rationalize it away for some other ‘nobler cause’.

He also said, “Keep eating this way and see if any other “itis’s” go away. It is is just our fancy way of telling patients they have low grade constant inflammation. And we know where all that starts”.

Do you know where it all starts? Have you heard the saying, “It all starts in the GUT”.

So, that is why, when we are in pain…perhaps we should take a better look at our gut. Diet is where we should begin regardless of the disease or injury you may be affected by, (really, it takes some discipline, but is well worth it).

That’s where I wanted to go with this. Yes, I still have a bit of pain. And yes, I still need to be treated due to overcompensating for the pain in my right foot, I have strained other ligaments, muscles and tendons so they have tightened and shortened. So…soft treatment, (as much as I loathe it), is inevitable.

But, seeing the change in my pain, (because of the removal of certain foods that cause an anti-inflammatory response within my body), PREVENTION is the key.

If you would like to learn more about inflammation and anti inflammatory diets, (note, they are all different because WE are all different and one diet isn’t perfect for everyone), that can get you on track, here is a list of some of my favourites:

  1. Clean Eats by Alejandro Junger, MD
  2. Healing Foods
  3. Joyous Health by Joy McCarthy, CHHC
  4. Living Candida Free by Ricki Heller
  5. Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr
  6. Whole Foods To Thrive by Brendan Brazier
  7. I Quit Sugar by Sarah Wilson
  8. Got Milked? By Alissa Hamilton
  9. Brain Maker by David Perlmutler MD
  10. Kitchen Cures by Peggy Kotsopoulos
  11. The Clear Skin Diet by Alan C. Logan ND. And Valori Trelor, CNS (***yes, acne is a form of inflammation and can be reduced or even corrected by diet alone, I had my teenager read this one)

 

Before signing off, I want you to know I completely understand how difficult it is to change your diet. This is especially difficult when you are mom and everyone in the house has different likes, dislikes, perhaps food allergies and preferences. Grabbing and going these days seems like it’s all we have, but start small. Plan ahead. Make healthier muffins and cookies. Use the slow cooker. And really mind your breakfast and lunch! As a mom, I know that the two meals I have the most control over is my breaky and lunch.

When I am eating cleaner, (or even cleansing), I simply fill those meals with smoothies!

Here are three of my favourite smoothies to keep you full and energetic:

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