It is hard to believe it has been so many months since I visited the boards. Life has just been super busy and I have been vigilant about keeping my focus. There really hasn't been much change that I can physically see at this point since the last time I was here.
Once I embraced this lifestyle 100%, it changed my life. I will never go back. My family has gone back to occasional SAD foods. It hurts my heart, but I have stopped fighting it. I do the best I can within the four walls of my house and put the rest of my energy into healing ME.
I still struggle with watching family and friends suffer and die from things that could often easily be resolved just by food choices. That is hard for me. I am getting better at offering information and just letting go. Most often, the information is laughed at or ignored. It isn't like I don't understand it, considering I was that way once myself. I just have a hard time watching people suffer.
So, just for a summary of where things are. I still don't have insurance so I haven't had my labs done and haven't seen a doctor since the last post. My weight has dropped a bit. I am focusing more on that now that I have taken care of everything else. It feels pretty fantastic. I feel fantastic.
In summary... My diseases included Cardiovascular Disease, Chronic Heart Failure, Hypertension, Diabetes, Arthritis, Crohn's, Celiac, and renal failure (end stage). I was on at least 5 different medications and they wanted me on several more.
I am medication free. My heart is healthy and strong - no disease at all. My blood pressure is usually somewhere around 116/62. My blood sugar is 83. I have no symptoms of disease at all.
I have moved from stage 5 to stage 4 with my renal failure and my hope is to continue that progress and prove everyone wrong. I have never given up that hope. My creatinine started at a 5.3 and last check it was 2.6. My current doctors told me that they will never retest me for Crohn's or Celiac because you cannot cure those disease. I disagree, knowing people that actually have cured those diseases, but I will just live symptom free and not be concerned with that right now. At some point I will get a new doctor. For now... I feel fantastic.
My focus is shifting to my weight loss. I am still struggling with that. I recently took peanut butter, nuts and seeds, and avacados out of my diet. I also cut out hummus and baked corn chips. I am steadily dropping again... as long as I keep those things out and exercise. I hope to be at my goal weight by the end of the year, but time will tell. I am super happy with the progress I have made up to this point. I am getting my labs done again in June, so that will be exciting. I know I am getting healthier, but it is nice to have it confirmed. My doctors don't understand why I am not making appointments and have actually called me at home a couple of times. I just keep telling them that I am not going to pay them $150.00 out of pocket to tell me to keep doing what I am doing.
I live my life now with the attitude that I am in perfect health. I eat what I want, when I want (plant strong) and I do not keep track of anything. My levels of calcium, potassium, phosphorus and sodium all remain in the normal range and I LOVE not having to keep track of that. I don't even think about being a sick person anymore. I just enjoy my life. It is still a challenge at times with food being such a focus of life... but I write my blog and that keeps me focused.