This is my version of #transformationtuesday :) .
Some of you have seen this pic before, but I wanted to share again in the hopes of encouraging some of my new friends here. .
The pic on the left is me in the depths of my autoimmune disease (Hashimoto's), the right is after I changed my diet and made some significant lifestyle changes. .
I can still remember how I felt in both pictures. .
The right felt like I had lost my life. I honestly felt like I was edging closer to death at a faster pace. Each day was full of exhaustion, depression, stomach issues, and physical aches and pains.
The day I took the pic on the right I remember sitting down and thinking, "Wait a minute! I feel like myself again!"
It was a delightful surprise to have that moment of quiet to check in and see how things had changed. .
Most of this was done by eating a real foods diet (leaning toward the autoimmune protocol) and eliminating gluten. But, diet could only get me so far. .
Reducing stress, improving sleep, and changing my exercise habits were also crucial. .
This have improved so much and I am thankful. .
But that being said, I don't want to give you the idea that every day is rosy! If I let stress, sleep, and diet get off track too far, I can easily slide backwards. .
In fact, I was reminded recently how a stressful event (like moving) can trigger a flare up. That happened when we moved from California to Missouri and it took quite a while to recover from it. But recovery is possible, and way back in the first picture, it didn't feel like it was. .
If you are struggling with your health, I want to encourage you to hang in there. I know it gets tiring trying to find answers. And it can get expensive paying for doctors, supplements, and treatments! Keep doing the best you can.
I'm sending you warm wishes and much love today xoxo
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