I was overweight almost my entire life. I have tried just about every diet known to man. I have a library of diet books. I was overweight when I was diagnosed with Sjogren’s. I was overweight when I was diagnosed with Lupus, Raynauds and Lichen’s. I didn’t really start paying attention to how the food I was eating was affecting my autoimmune disorders until eight years ago.
What caused me to make the switch wasn’t my own health; it was my mom’s health. She had to have an emergency quadruple by-pass. She is diabetic and has a health issue that the doctors can’t seem to diagnose. (I believe she may have Crohn’s, Ceilac or IBS.) I decided when I got the call that she was headed to the hospital for her quadruple by-pass that I was not going to end up like her.
I heard, like I’m sure most of you have, “Cut the white stuff from your diet and you’ll lose weight.” That is exactly what I did. My meals consisted of chicken stir-fry. I consumed tons of broccoli, carrots, onions and chicken. I stopped drinking diet sodas and only drank water and tea. I lost eighty pounds! I looked great and I felt great! I had energy to burn.
Like many of us who have lost the weight, I introduced some of the foods I knew I shouldn’t have been eating back into my diet. Why do we do that? So I gained back about thirty of those pounds. I felt bad and I didn’t feel like I looked my best either.
Knowing what is right, but doing what is wrong was a struggle for Paul. He wrote in Romans:
15 I don’t know what I’m doing, because I don’t do what I want to do. Instead, I do the thing that I hate. Romans 7:15 (CEB)
I found myself in this verse. I know what to eat and how to exercise to keep my flares at bay and my weight healthy. Instead, I do the thing I end up hating by adding the junk food back into my diet and not getting enough exercise, so the flares and inflammation rear their ugly heads, and I have to move up a size in my jeans. Ugh!
Then here comes this thought and I love this verse:
22 Because of the Lord’s faithful love we do not perish, for his mercies never end. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness! 24 I say, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will put my hope in him.” Lamentations 3:22-24 (CSB)
God’s mercy never ends and his mercy is new every morning. I get to start over every morning, or I can start over with the next meal. I will find my hope in him and I know I can be a success.
I have learned how my body will react to certain foods. I have kept food journals and I look back every once in a while and see what I wrote down about how certain foods affected me.
This last time when I tightened up my diet, I cut out nightshades. I found that I have an intolerance to Paprika. I get very itchy when I eat it. Isn’t that weird? My body has changed over the last year or two. I had to be very careful about how much fruit I eat. I now seem to be able to consume more fresh fruits and not have any flares. I did figure out that I can’t eat a banana and a yam on the same day. It is too much sugar for my system and my Lichen’s flares up. Again, isn’t that weird?
A word of encouragement.
If you have put yourself on a healthy diet and you saw improvement in your weight, flares and inflammation, but you returned to some of those old habits of eating, then I want to encourage you to go in a new direction. Eliminate those foods from your diet that are causing you problems. Those flares you may be experiencing because you ate a piece of cake, or had two or three slices of pizza are not worth it. The flares may last for a very short time, but being uncomfortable for that amount of time is not worth it. I’m pretty sure my husband isn’t a fan when I tell him about how I’m itching or my joints are hurting. He has reminded me of the times before when I said I believed that certain foods caused my problems, but yet I went ahead and ate them anyway.
Give your body a break. Be good to yourself and choose to do the right thing when it comes to eating foods that are good for you. You will probably feel more energetic which will cause you to feel happier.
Here are my thoughts for you today:
I’m praying that all is well with you and that you enjoy good health. (3 John1:2) It is your choice, do what is right because you know what is right. (Romans 7:15) God’s mercies are new this morning and every morning, so you can make a new plan and take charge of your diet. (Lamentations 3:22-24) Remember that God is thinking about you, and he wants peace for you and he wants to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)
Have an awesome day. Tell me about the benefits you have seen in your own health when you chose to eat a proper diet. Share if you have found any combinations of foods like I did with the bananas and the yams, which cause a flare. Please leave your comment below.