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After months of stomach illness, including what my natural doctor in the States diagnosed as leaky gut syndrome, vicious headaches that led to more stomach illness and breaking out in a bad case of excema on my right side I finally decided to take the proverbial bull by the horns. Most of the illness to be fair was not Ecuador’s fault. We ate out a lot when we first arrived but were careful to eat at clean, relatively well-known although still inexpensive restaurants.
Back in October after returning from the States I was on a fairly strict regimen prescribed by my doc of a diet free of gluten, dairy, coffee, refined sugar, chocolate, meat, oats and alcohol to name a few! I mostly (read: when I felt like it) followed the regimen, and my stomach, with the addition of L-Glutamine and probiotics did get better. The excema did not. I started thinking I was allergic to the water and would have to move!
So flash forward to February 25. I had had enough! Itching, headaches, bouts of high blood pressure still. I decided to go back to a vegan, plant based eating style and see how that worked. I started subscribing to Happy Herbivores meal plans, substituting as I needed for vegetables that are here. I don’t eat the fruit and grain based breakfasts as I found out lots of fruit can contribute to high blood pressure. I know, I know it’s the opposite of what you’ve heard. Again, it pays to do your research because your health is NOT one size fits all. Disclaimer: this is what works for me. . I stock my fridge and cook on Sunday or Monday for the week. Done. I have added some oil to my diet as Happy Herbivore, ( http://happyherbivore.com/) is mostly oil-free, I just need a bit more oil in my diet. Also, I eat organic rooster fed eggs that are cheap and plentiful here and the occasional fresh fish dinner. Other great plant based bloggers include Yumuniverse, NaturallyElla, Minimalist Bakers and Oh She Glows.
In the 2+ weeks I’ve adhered to the program I have lower blood pressure, no headaches for 3 weeks and my excema has calmed down considerably. Chet and I cook separately and it has made for peace and happiness in our home.
Lessons: Numero Uno: Your health is yours and the decisions about what to do with it can be liberating.
Numero Dos. Street food/fast food can be a killer…so everything in moderation, Chante’!
…”your body is not a garbage disposal”
Numero Tres. Making a decision to eat healthy in a foreign country or wherever you happen to live can be a great adventure. Enjoy!