I thrived for close to three years following my new lifestyle/diet change. For three years I had been healing myself, and I felt emotionally and physically better than I had before I got sick. I had a bountiful amount of energy every day and never felt tired. All of that changed when two and a half months ago I noticed something was off. I wasn’t the happy-go-lucky positive girl I had been for so long. I wasn’t feeling great and I started to feel very depressed again (the same depression I had felt in my second year of university). To top it off, I still had my fair share of problems: psoriasis that was spreading, unbalanced hormones, a constant feeling of dehydration, inflamed and sore eyes, painful bloating, and my very first cavity...
I couldn’t pinpoint my depression and general feelings of being unwell to anything in particular. In the past, whenever I felt sick, I usually had a clear idea of the reason why I felt the way I did. It was easy for me to get back on track and feel good again. In January I felt stuck - I had no idea why I felt the way I did and what to do to feel better. I had been to a nutritionist and hormone doctor in the past year, but neither of them truly helped me. The nutritionist couldn’t explain why I was feeling dehydrated all of the time, and the hormone doctor’s prescription of progesterone cream was doing nothing but adding to my unbalanced hormones as the months of using the cream went by. I tried to tackle my feelings of dehydration by drinking salt water and eating more kelp, but neither of those changes really did anything for me. I also thought about making my own energy drinks, but decided against that idea as many homemade recipes used ingredients that I didn’t want to consume. It was clear to me that my days of eating yogurt, fruit, and grains for breakfast, legumes, salad, and grains for lunch, and meat, vegetables, and grains for dinner were no longer sustainable.
My good friend introduced me to a woman named Pam Killeen. Pam is a nutritional consultant, and twice a year she runs a series of nutrition seminars called “What’s Wrong with ‘Politically Correct’ Nutrition?”. I went to the first seminar at the beginning of February and was mesmerized by everything that Pam said - her beliefs about food and its healing benefits for the mind and body closely matched with my beliefs. Pam talked about and compared the food our ancestors ate and the food we eat today, and gave us many take home messages. One message that resonated with me was to eat the way our happy and healthy ancestors ate: three square meals a day based around animal fat and protein (for details about why we should eat more animal fat and protein, visit www.pamkilleen.com). So I decided to do just that.
For two weeks I’ve started my days with warm water and fresh lemon juice. Then I eat eggs, butter, yogurt, cod liver oil, and coconut oil for breakfast, and meat/fish, kefir, and cooked vegetables for lunch and dinner. I’m also eating homemade chicken broth as often as I can, and sauerkraut at each meal. I’ve pretty much cut out grains. It’s incredible - I get to eat all of the foods that are so absolutely delicious that many people are avoiding. For example, I get to eat lots of animal fat, including as much butter as I want, and lots of high-fat dairy (like 10% yogurt). Pam said that it takes our body time to be able to properly digest these meals, so it makes sense that I’ve had short-lasting stomach aches every day; however, for the past week and a half, I’ve been happy, social, and able to effectively study!
I am officially a client of Pam’s, and am participating in her nutritional balancing program. My hair will be tested to see my body’s nutrient levels, I will rest and relax every day, soak up infra-red sauna rays, do daily coffee enemas, and eat three square meals a day. I will be ridding my body of the toxins that have embedded themselves into my cells, and also balancing my body's biochemistry.
Today I did my first coffee enema. I never thought I’d write those words, but they’re true. And it really wasn’t a big deal. It was easy to do. There are many benefits of coffee enemas. They do things like detoxify the liver and stimulate bile production, reduce pain, and increase energy levels.
I’ll be updating this blog every few weeks with updates as to my progress on the program. I’ve been told that I’ll feel worse before I feel better, but once I feel better, that good feeling will last a lifetime.
I’ll keep you posted. Peace and love. Jen.