Argentina and a health update.

20 Apr

Recently, when people have asked me how I am feeling, I can honestly say that I am feeling better!  I am certainly not 100%.  I still have to sleep a lot and have at least one or two days every week where I feel crappy.  But seriously, who knew knew I would come this far?!  It is incredible.

As far as my diet goes, I am keeping vegan at home.  And once a week or so I will eat some wild fish or some dairy.  Still no interest in chicken or meat.  Of course I am still gluten free, corn free, and soy free.

Mark Burnett, who produced The Bible series (If your family has not seen this…do yourself a favor and watch it.  It is INCREDIBLE!  It will spawn a lot of conversations with your kiddos.  If your kids are small, you should watch it first to make sure they can handle everything in it), spoke on Dr. Oz about how Jesus ate.  He spent years doing intense research in making this show Biblically accurate.  I was thrilled that his conclusion was that he ate a plant based diet, lots of beans, veggies and fruits, a little dairy, and fish.  This is almost exactly how I am eating.  Why wouldn’t I want to eat exactly as He did?  And as a bonus, he only drank water and red wine.  Now THIS is a diet I can handle!  😉

In mid March, our family was blessed with the incredible opportunity to go to Luck’s homeland…Argentina!  We visited family and explored Buenos Aires with his parents.  It was a perfect trip on all accounts.  We were able to find gluten free foods for the kids and for me the entire time.  I stayed vegetarian (nearly impossible to stay vegan and gluten free) except for one, glorious steak.  Argentina is known for BEEF!  I had to indulge once.  I split one steak with the kids and it was a perfect amount.  The kids were just a perfect age for taking in another culture.  We MAY have eaten dulce de leche all day every day.  But as they say, “When in Argentina….”

We came very close to not going.  I came down with the flu on Friday (we left on a Tuesday).  By Sunday (TWO DAYS BEFORE LEAVING), Reid was throwing up, both kids had fever, I was horribly sick, and Lucky felt like he was getting sick.  We prayed for health.  We didn’t want to cancel.  By Monday, everyone but me was fine. But we still didn’t know if we were going to cancel.  By Tuesday(the day we flew out), I turned a corner.  God allowed this trip to continue!  We were so very grateful!

It is amazing to think that I have come this far in my health quest.  PLEASE encourage anyone you know with any kind of illness to try eating plant based.  I feel like my life has been saved.  Remember back when I started this?  I felt it was where God was leading me.  People thought I was nutso!  And I am!!  But this is real.  My illness is real.  And these vegetables have truly given me the ability to travel with my family, to be a part of life, and to start to feel more like myself.  I will take a few days a week in bed.

I am so very grateful!

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2 Responses to “Argentina and a health update.”

  1. Tiffany Jennings April 27, 2013 at 11:22 am #

    I just got diagnosed with lupus 4/19 and feel like I am trying to take a drink from a fire hydrant! Ran into a precious, dear friend yesterday who knows of you through her running partner, Michelle, and she texted me your blog address. After reading your blog, I am so comforted to know that I am not the only one with all these crazy symptoms! I noticed you do not eat soy — I have been told by a nutritionist and my rheumatologist that I can have it. Since I am doing nothing but veggies, walnuts and almonds right now, tofu has been my saving grace. Should I stay away from it?

    Tiffany

    • brittluck May 2, 2013 at 9:31 am #

      Hi Tiffany! I am so glad you found your way to my blog. We all need each other to make navigate these Lupus waters!!! You are correct, I do not eat soy. First off, I am allergic to soy. However, I am not a big fan of it anyway. Here is an article on why: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mercola/soy-health_b_1822466.html Just make sure that if you eat it, you are not getting genetically modified soy. Just my $.02!

      What all foods are you avoiding? Beans? Gluten?

      Let me know how I can help you!! How are you feeling?

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