Summertime is here! The sun is shining, the grass is green, the flowers are in full bloom. For some people, this sounds like a seasonal utopia, for others, an allergen nightmare. For years, I was ‘that girl’; the girl who avoided picnics, wore long sleeves outdoors in the summer time, and had a strange phobia of wheat fields. I also took every allergy medicine available and spent two of the four seasons in a medically induced haze. Still I could find no relief!
Out of frustration and exhaustion, I took to the internet to see if there were any alternatives to, what I assumed, could only be a torturous daily regimen on my body. I was actually researching possible surgeries when I stumbled upon a blog article that was quite frank in stating that my diet and lifestyle could be the reason for my aggravated allergies.
Hm… I considered this thought as I snacked on a bag of chips next to me. After all this time, could I be the reason for my suffering? Unlikely, but… Just maybe.
Three hours later, I sat staring at my computer, as article after article explained that a lifetime of adhering to the SAD (Standard American Diet) diet had left my body in an exhaustive and inflamed state, at war with what it thought was the ultimate enemy, pollen.
Each article said the same, change your lifestyle, detox your body, strengthen your immune system. Sheesh, surgery sounded easier… But, with some apprehension, I figured it couldn’t hurt to try.
I went to my local health store and proceeded to wander aimlessly down the aisles, choosing things at random, which had strange ingredients like ‘nutritional yeast’. Yikes. I was all but overwhelmed by the choices when an employee of the store noticed me and guided me to their juice bar.
A quick introduction to juicing gave me the basics; nutrients, enzymes, hydration. Plus, I could do juice! Juice wasn’t scary.
It’s been four years since my first juice and the results have been astounding. I participated in my first 5K, went to an outdoor garden party, and even wore mascara! Trivial things for some but huge achievements for me.
I now focus on a diet that is rich in whole foods (even kale chips!), detox regularly, and keep my immune system boosted. When I do have the occasional flair up, I turn to foods that naturally reduce inflammation and strengthen my body rather than to the devil’s cocktail I had devised in the past. Can it be difficult? Yes. Is it worth it? Absolutely.
– Kali Carter, this mama-to-be loves getting lost in big books and even bigger cities.