I've been following MDA for about a month and a half now and in the last couple of weeks have been watching the forums. Then last week I decided to join the forums so I could participate. Last night while falling asleep I decided that I needed to take responsibility for my decision to change. This is a great place for me to do that, so I'm going to have a journal here. (Warning, I can get long winded, especially since anyone I've mentioned "no grains" to doesn't support me. I need to get this stuff out.)
I am not overweight, nor do I have any major health problems. I am always searching for ways to be optimally healthy. It started when I was in high school and my parents gave me a book - "Holistic Herbal". After that point, I stopped using modern medicine as much as possible, only when it was truly needed. As a senior in high school I found out that I had ovarian cysts. My MD wanted to put me on the pill so they wouldn't hurt anymore. I didn't want to put hormones needlessly in my body. That was the summer right before I left for college.
During college I found a naturopathic doctor who said that I needed to think more about what I eat - try eating more veggies and fruit, organic; a lot more fish, wild caught; no red meat. I don't remember what she said about grains. She also put me on a hormone balancing regimen.
All this time I had been pretty active, I walked a lot. In high school we had an open campus with three buildings in a downtown area, so we used the bus or walked. I was also in Tae Kwon Do from 8th grade to 11th grade. My school was an arts school (all arts) so I was in modern dance as well. I did hurt my knee several times, once spraining it and once hyperextending it (the same knee no less). I kept off of it for a while, but finally started stretching and eventually went to physical therapy for it. Oh yeah, instead of using pain killers I used Arnica, homeopathically and in a creme (really great for healing bruises and swelling). Today it only hurts once in a while, mainly because I don't do as much walking as I used to.
As a college student I couldn't really afford organic, but I got it when I could. My college is also really small so no dorms, no meal cards. I worked at a restaurant for most of my time at school, one as a busser, the other sitting on my ass as a phone hostess, so I didn't always eat the healthiest - potatoes gratin, Caesar salad (better, but I didn't like it as much because the anchovies taste was too strong), fish and chips, quesadillas, etc. There were some salads I enjoyed and I learned to appreciate tastes and how they work together, which I think will help me in primal cooking.
Wow, this is really long. I didn't really start concentrating on exactly what I was eating until my husband and I started living in community. They were all about organic, eating from the earth which included rice, beans, and bread. But it also included a lot more veggies than we were used to. We had been to the point of going to a food bank because we were poor art students (he had graduated by that time but hadn't found a job). Oh yeah, there wasn't a whole lot of meat either.
So it has been more recently that I am concentrating on my health because I am almost done with school. My husband joined the Air Force so we are able to buy organic. At first we were really big on getting Kashi stuff because I thought that whole grain was better for you (something I had learned at the community). But I was feeling fatigued a lot. Part of it was that I'm flying once a week to finish school (long story for another time), but I also remembered a while back that I learned that fatigue can be caused by a lack of protein. So I googled "good sources of protein" and found MDA!
Continued in next post.