A Guide to Feeding our Future

Inspirational Story by: Deloris Del Rio

“I am a 40 year-old single mother to 3 (my oldest is 5) who has had serious digestive problems my entire life.  As a child, I was (literally) force-fed bologna and cheez whiz on white bread with ketchup even though it made me physically ill.  In my 20’s, I became so ill that I lost 50 lbs!  I had it to lose, but at 100lbs I did not look healthy, or feel good.  I didn’t know what to do. All medical tests came back as “normal”, although I couldn’t digest anything and was dealing constantly with diarrhea, vomiting, severe pain and my skin and hair were not good either.  At 28, I stopped eating the typical North American diet and became known as a bit of a “whacko” in my circle of friends and colleagues because of that.

I became quasi-vegetarian at that point (still eating fish), as that is when I realized, after omitting many processed items from my diet, that processed foods and meats made me very ill.  I kept cheese for a few years, despite the pain, and 4 years ago I went vegan.  I have been vegan through my last pregnancy (a high risk twin) and was able to keep the pregnancy and carry to term!  (I have had 6 miscarriages and SEVERE menstrual pains all my life).  Since I cleaned up my diet, I do not have the same menstrual pains, they are much lighter and in fact are quite bearable…before, I would have to take a day off work and be in bed with a hot water bottle and bottle of Tylenol.  I have more energy than I did before, I am more motivated to move through the day, I have more patience with everyone, including my children, and I feel better.  I am at a healthy weight, and I don’t even have time to work out as I would like to but I don’t gain weight.  I’ve stayed at the same weight since the twins were 6 months old: 115 lbs on a 5’2” frame.  I am no longer a vegan, but eat very close to that.

And food tastes better.  Real food tastes good to me; chemically-processed food does not taste good anymore, at all.  This is for sure a bonus!

I also have a thyroid problem, and by simply omitting the foods that cause problems with hormone upload in the thyroid, I am able to keep this condition at bay, and do not need to take medication – another amazing example of how important our food really is to us!

Cheers to our collective health, one and all!”

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Comments on: "Deloris’ Story: “Another amazing example of how important our food really is…”" (2)

  1. MC Beaulieu, RHN said:

    Have you been checked for celiac disease thru screening Blood tests ( tTG antibody & EMA or anti- endomysium antibody). The anti- Gliadin is also useful for CD and wheat allergy or sensitivity. Also could look at IgG test for food intolerances. There is high association with auto thyroid disorders and CD and your symptoms are suspicious. Look for root causes because as a vegan, you could be consuming grains that are not suitable for you… If you were tested and found to be negative, that is great.

    • A very good suggestion – for anyone with these symptoms – thank you for the comment. This was an inspirational story submitted by one of our contributors (not my personal story), to show how making better nutrition choices can dramatically improve your health…hopefully she’ll read your comment as well! 🙂

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