Healing Journey and a Low Carb Diet

16 Mar


I recently started a Low Carb Diet, because my chiropractor believes it will help me heal faster from my still ongoing rib issues. Supposedly sugar is a villain, and a very bad one, the kind that worsens inflammation, troubles the pancreas (insulin resistance), and causes a myriad of other issues.

Since I am tired of being in pain, and not being able to fully function, I decided to follow his recommendation and stay away from all starches. That includes beans,lentil, squash, and sweet potatoes, it doesn’t matter if they have a low glycemic index, stay away from them! Only two portions of fruits a day (each portion is a hand full), and no grapes, raisins, bananas, or dried fruits with added sugars.

As a personal chef, I am used to cooking for clients on special diets such as Low Carb. But it is so different when you are the one being deprived of all that starchy goodness!
I am Brazilian. We eat rice and beans every day, and even though I don’t eat it every day, I could if I wanted to, since I always have beans in my fridge and freezer. I make a big pot of beans once a week. But even my pressure cooker was conspiring with this Low Carb Plan, since it exploded on me, as I was cooking my beans, and trying to resist the diet.

I didn’t even realize I was so addicted to sugar until I went trough withdrawal,  and let me tell you : it was bad. I was cranky, bloated, constipated,feeling weak, and had no energy.
I am on my second week of the diet, and I can say that the worst part is over. I have a lot more energy now, and my body is getting used to the new diet, so I don’t have cravings so often. I think the hardest part was the honey. I already used Stevia as a sugar substitute, but also enjoyed my daily honey. Well,honey, agave, and maple syrup are prohibited now.

Only three weeks ago, I was allowed to start exercising again. I have been going for walks and training with a personal trainer. I am so happy and grateful that after six months, I am getting back to almost having my life back again. I can now drive, carry grocery bags and sleep trough the night with almost no pain.

I feel that I am getting really close to full recovery. And I forget that at not such a distance past , it seemed like I would never feel whole again. After struggling with so much pain, my Western Medicine doctor could only offer me the options of narcotic painkillers, surgery or injections. I felt hopeless, and could not see the light at the end of the tunnel. I didn’t only want for my pain to go away, I wanted to heal.

That was when I found a Traditional Medicine natural doctor, in Brazil, who treated me with homeopathy,herbs, SAME, MSN, external clay applications, and rock salt.

When I returned to the U.S, I continued going to my Chinese Acupuncturist doctor, and being treated with him.
Then, I found a chiropractor that specializes in sports medicine, and he has been helping me heal through adjustments, applied kinesiology, supplements, and diet.

Wow, this healing journey has been taken six months, and enormous amounts of money and patience. But it is almost  over now,and I finally see that light at the end of the tunnel. I have learned so much from this experience…First and foremost that I wouldn’t be where I am without the love and support of my hubby, family and friends. And, of course,patience (again, and lots of it), resilience, faith, hope, trying really hard to think positive even when I was sad and down, asking for help, and letting people help me. I guess everything does happen for a reason.

*I am not a doctor, and is not my intention to give any medical advice here. These are supplements that were prescribed to me in the course of my treatment, by my doctors. Please consult your doctor before you take anything, since people have different reactions to supplements, and drug interactions.

8 Responses to “Healing Journey and a Low Carb Diet”

  1. Rodrigo March 16, 2013 at 10:40 am #

    Glad to know that you are feeling better! It’s so true, sugar is like poison, especially for healing. That’s why uncontrolled diabetics can’t heal. I always tell my patients to avoid sugar after surgery. Think about Vitamin C and B-complex supplements. They should help and can’t hurt.


    • foodnotherstuff March 24, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

      Thanks for your kind words. I am feeling so much better without sugar and starches. I do take a multivitamin complex and a bunch of supplements because it turned out that I was anemic and had some vitamin deficiencies since I was hardly eating anything …


  2. johnnysenough hepburn March 16, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

    – Gosh, I do wish you well. I sort of went through my thing about nine years ago where it took a year to feel as if I might make it back on track. Luckily for me there were no dietary issues. And that’s when I started to develop lots of recipes. Is that the upside? I still don’t know…
    – Couldn’t survive without legumes!


    • foodnotherstuff March 24, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

      Good to hear that you went through something similar and now have your health back! I didn’t exactly had dietary issues, it was rib injury, but my doctors believe sugar is interfering on my recovery. As a personal chef, I work with clients on low carb diets, but I am developing new ones like you did, since I am so used to always have a starch in my meal! It was hard in the beggining, but I have new favorite foods now such as cauliflower and broccoli puree!


  3. Matthew Curry March 30, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

    I know what you mean about sugar. It’s like a drug. When you stop eating it, you go through some nasty withdrawals. 😦


  4. ARvWD April 7, 2013 at 5:53 pm #

    Carol, good luck with your campaign – you can never be too lucky – but most of all, I wish you persistence. “The more I practice, the luckier I get”! And thanks for the like …


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