When dealing with chronic inflammation, Your life seems to come at a halt!
You don't dream about tomorrow. You trying to survive. One day at a time.
Each day upon waking, you make a roll call, you assess your body! which parts of your lovely body are hurting!
Each day is different, your pain relocates!
Hi there, am Catherine GITHU. I am certified in FOOD AS MEDICINE: FOOD AND INFLAMMATION. It's my pleasure you found me.
Here I'm sharing with you Plant-Based and Gluten-Free recipes that have helped me reduce inflammation and get off the medication due to Rheumatoid Arthritis.
All Chronic Diseases start with inflammation, and these recipes are created to help you at most reduce your inflammation.
I will post helpful articles on Rheumatoid Arthritis
You might be searching for alternative health solutions regarding your health.
Either to help yourself/someone close, with your Chronic Inflammation(s) or other Autoimmune Diseases.
I believe by the time you're leaving this blog, I'll have helped you with something new.
I was diagnosed with RA back in 2006. But looking back, my Rheumatoid Arthritis had started way back when I was only 16yrs! Genetic predisposition!
After being diagnosed, I took, for a long period, immune suppressor drugs such as Methotrexate and Arava.
I developed serious allergies. I was almost allergic to everything. For instance, I became very sensitive to Our mighty sun, me, who used to soak up myself in the tropical Sun, back in Kenyan plainlands.
I couldn't survive a day without antihistamine drugs.
Though I was very lucky to be on remission during my pregnancy 8 yrs ago.
When I stopped breastfeeding my baby girl, my body had a really bad Rheumatoid Arthritis attack.
The pain was so so bad. I was put on high doses of prednisolone. This lasted for a long period of time! ( Gosh! life can be awful sometimes).
I've gone that pain, where I could wake up in the morning, and I had to roll myself down from the bed. I could stand crying behind my bedroom door unable to turn the lock! My hands used to swell and fold. The pain was excruciating!
I couldn't even wash my face, hold a glass of water! and yet, I had my 2 lovely kids to take care of, ALONE! and especially my baby girl who was only 2yrs then.
My turning point was when my doctor started alarming me on my high-level of transaminases in my blood tests, back at the end of 2016.
He slightly said we'd to check on my liver! I knew without further information that my medication was obviously weighing on my precious Liver!
Psychologically, I refused to take medicine! I was in pain! I was suffering! but every time I reached for my medicine, I felt some weight in my gut!
It's been 4 yrs now since I went medical free and I'm actually feeling better. It wasn't easy! It's not that simple to just wake up with lot's pain and you ONLY have your WILL POWER to face the day.
It took time to walk myself through that darkest time of tremendous pain.
I've managed to subside my pain through diet and positiveness. Am not healed. I am healing, slowly I know.
What I found challenging was figuring out what to eat! We're, most of the time accustomed to what's obvious. Changing diet at 180° all at once is doubting.
This blog is my innermost desire to provide you with information and help you with some easy, healthy, plant-based & gluten-free recipes. Quick & simple recipes, nutrient-dense, and anti-inflammatory...
I am not vegan or vegetarian, but my health conditions have led me to avoid most animal products. I can tolerate some homemade raw fermented goat milk or kefir. I only take these for their healthy bacteria which my Gut needs so much.
If what I know can help you just go a day without pain, then, I'll be the happiest.
I'd like to hold your hand. Walk you through. Because I do understand you too well. It might take some time for you to start feeling better. However, "a journey of thousand miles starts with a single step"Lao Tzu.
I've learned how food plays a fundamental role in how we feel! and who we are. What you put in your mouth as food, can either build your health or destroy it.
Unfortunately, few are doctors in town who will hardly connect Rheumatoid Arthritis or/and other Chronic Diseases with your diet.
The body can only repair itself when it's well nourished with nutritious food, a positive mind, and exercises.
That is to say, I create only plant-based recipes. I'll also provide you with some information, consequently gained through Research. With the intention to help you understand chronic inflammation better. You'll make choices that will help you get your life back.
My recipes are just guidelines, you'll adopt them according to your liking. Be free to substitute ingredients. Otherwise, some are just optional.
I'd love to walk this journey with you. Pretty soon, you'll start feeling like your whole self and that means heaven to me. Come more often for more recipes.
This information is meant to ONLY inform you! You'll be your best judge as to how you feel and what's good for you.
Work with your doctor or healthcare to help you go through changes that you might attempt.
And always remember, No one can ever feel the way you feel, trust your intuitions and your Gut!
With lots of love and hugs, Githu.