I started making New Year’s resolutions since I was a sophomore in high school and like most people, a fitness goal was at the top of the list. Back then, I remember I wanted to have defined abs and started the year going to the gym 3 times per week and eating salads. After the first few weeks, I would give up on my goal and forget all about it. This trend continued and would only get worse after years passed. ” I want to lose 20 lbs, toned legs, abs…” Every year the same goals and same results. After I had my first child, I decided to take my fitness goals seriously and hired a personal trainer to help me achieve my goals. Additionally, I joined a health challenge and started eating better. I saw great results and even became a fitness instructor to help others achieve their goals. It was a great feeling; I was in the best shape of my life, I was a mom to the most adorable little boy and a hot wife to a wonderful man.
That didn’t last too long and I was pregnant with our second baby less than a year from my transformation. After I had my second baby, I struggled greatly to get back in shape. I knew what I needed to do, but this time was different. I didn’t have the energy, my body was aching and I didn’t have the will power to eat the right way. I was tired 24/7 and no matter how much I slept, I would wake up feeling like I had been in a wreck. I would always try to find an excuse for my ailments; I need to stop holding the car seat with one arm, I need to stop sleeping on my side, I need to go to bed earlier, etc…
After 6 months of not feeling well, I woke up one day with my left upper body paralyzed. I was terrified and scheduled an appointment right way with my primary doctor , only to be sent home with a prescription for muscle relaxers and pain medication. A few days passed and I was still not seeing improvement, so I decided to go to the ER. After less than 1 hr., I came out with the same diagnoses and treatment recommendation. I knew there was something seriously wrong and I was not going to let anyone tell me otherwise. My symptoms continued and seemed to be getting worse, I started to research online and all of my symptoms pointed to a neurological disease. I decided to see a neurologist and pay out of pocket because my primary doctor would not give me the referral for insurance to cover, since she thought it was all in my head. I walked in to the neurologist very scared, but relieved that I would finally have the answers that I needed. A week passed and I received a call on my son’s 1yr birthday asking to come in for results. While waiting to be seen, the hospital called verifying my address to send some medicines my way. I was horrified and knew that something was terribly wrong with me and I was right. I was diagnosed with Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis.
I was diagnosed with MS on the day that my son turned 1 year old and to me I had 2 choices, to take this as an opportunity to take care of myself and strive for wellness or give up and waste my life to an incurable disease. I decided to take a positive approach by taking my doctor’s treatment advice and researching my own natural ways to manage my condition. I came across some very interesting data that showed that what we eat on a daily basis and the choices that we make have a great impact on our health and can be cause to neurological diseases like MS. For the very first time ever, I was making a decision to eat healthy and it had nothing to do with my physical appearance, I just wanted to be healthy for my family. I quickly realized that my physical appearance was only the visible damage that I was doing to myself with my unhealthy diet. All studies seem to agree with 4 things that are detrimental to your health: sugars, refined carbs, fats and stress. Yes, you read it right STRESS. One of my books compared stress to having the same equivalent in your body as eating an entire chocolate cake by yourself.
I started slowly removing all sugars from my diet, beginning by replacing all drinks with water and ending with drinking my coffee and tea sugar-less.
My second dietary change was to remove all breads from my diet and only consuming gluten-free items. The third change was to avoid fried foods and only use coconut/olive oils for my cooking.
Last and most importantly, I made the decision to be more worry free and understand that stress only aggravates any situation. I also started drinking teas and taking natural supplements to help in the healing of my body. I immediately started to see improvement in my overall health with the added bonus of recuperating my pre pregnancy body. Now, I eat to provide my body with the nutrients that it needs to function and continue to repair the damages caused by years of unhealthy choices.
The best part about this change in my life is that I have gotten our family involved in learning what is good and not so good for your body and that is how my regular new years resolution was turned into a life resolution for us all.