Long time no see, everyone. I took an unexpected hiatus for a few reasons. First of all, my grandpa unfortunately passed away. He survived on practically no food or liquids for about a month and a half, and then his body quickly declined and there was no turning back. He was 92 years old and a brave, gracious and righteous man until his last breath. I had the privilege of being present as he breathed his last and even got to sit beside him, hold his hand and sing his favorite hymns to him, with several family members joining in. It was surreal and heartbreaking and joyous all at the same time. 
Secondly, I have been having some health concerns. I won’t get too deep into it, but I finally went and saw a doctor. Namely, the “lady doctor”.  I have PCOS (I’ve known about this for a while) and she wants me to take birth control (surprise!). But don’t worry because I already said no to that. She also wanted to prescribe me some medication for diabetics because I’m most likely insulin resistant. I took the prescription but i have NO intention of filling it. Instead, I will be having some other tests run to see if anything is wrong (she told me she doesn’t think there are any major health concerns at present, but rather wants to help improve my health so as to prevent disease when I’m old.) In addition to the tests, I will be seeking out a second opinion from a homeopathic doctor (haven’t decided which one yet - there are several local ones who specialize in PCOS). I will also be very VERY committed to reversing this alleged Insulin Resistance by way of proper nutrition and exercise (groundbreaking, I know). I have already been doing quite well, at least for the past few days. There is a lot I would like to potentially eliminate from my diet as I pursue this change but I’m primarily focusing my attention on the following:
No sugar except for fruit, and even then, mostly berries and not tropical (i LOVE all fruit and hate to restrict myself here, but it’s only temporary).
Minimal to no coffee (I am now down to one cup a week! I hardly crave it anymore :)
No gluten. (This one is a new challenge for me. I’ve never given up gluten before so I have no idea what to expect. I do have several seasoned gluten-intolerant friends who are helping me through this though.)
I’m allowing myself the occasional fermented, high quality dairy product (i.e. organic/raw/grass-fed extra sharp cheddar or organic plain yogurt with no added sugars, even agave or honey). 
This all sounds like kind of a pain, but I think I might have figured out a way to heal my body after all. I have not set a time limit, but I’m thinking at least 2 months of eating this way. Or at least until I go to Iceland, which will be at the end of the summer :)
Sorry for such a lengthy post, and one full of too many parentheticals. Hope you all are well!!

Long time no see, everyone. I took an unexpected hiatus for a few reasons. First of all, my grandpa unfortunately passed away. He survived on practically no food or liquids for about a month and a half, and then his body quickly declined and there was no turning back. He was 92 years old and a brave, gracious and righteous man until his last breath. I had the privilege of being present as he breathed his last and even got to sit beside him, hold his hand and sing his favorite hymns to him, with several family members joining in. It was surreal and heartbreaking and joyous all at the same time. 

Secondly, I have been having some health concerns. I won’t get too deep into it, but I finally went and saw a doctor. Namely, the “lady doctor”.  I have PCOS (I’ve known about this for a while) and she wants me to take birth control (surprise!). But don’t worry because I already said no to that. She also wanted to prescribe me some medication for diabetics because I’m most likely insulin resistant. I took the prescription but i have NO intention of filling it. Instead, I will be having some other tests run to see if anything is wrong (she told me she doesn’t think there are any major health concerns at present, but rather wants to help improve my health so as to prevent disease when I’m old.) In addition to the tests, I will be seeking out a second opinion from a homeopathic doctor (haven’t decided which one yet - there are several local ones who specialize in PCOS). I will also be very VERY committed to reversing this alleged Insulin Resistance by way of proper nutrition and exercise (groundbreaking, I know). I have already been doing quite well, at least for the past few days. There is a lot I would like to potentially eliminate from my diet as I pursue this change but I’m primarily focusing my attention on the following:

No sugar except for fruit, and even then, mostly berries and not tropical (i LOVE all fruit and hate to restrict myself here, but it’s only temporary).

Minimal to no coffee (I am now down to one cup a week! I hardly crave it anymore :)

No gluten. (This one is a new challenge for me. I’ve never given up gluten before so I have no idea what to expect. I do have several seasoned gluten-intolerant friends who are helping me through this though.)

I’m allowing myself the occasional fermented, high quality dairy product (i.e. organic/raw/grass-fed extra sharp cheddar or organic plain yogurt with no added sugars, even agave or honey). 

This all sounds like kind of a pain, but I think I might have figured out a way to heal my body after all. I have not set a time limit, but I’m thinking at least 2 months of eating this way. Or at least until I go to Iceland, which will be at the end of the summer :)

Sorry for such a lengthy post, and one full of too many parentheticals. Hope you all are well!!