Today is the 2nd December 2014, exactly 6 years since I had my health collapse. I will never forget that day.
It was a cold winter’s morning and I walked for half an hour to my industrial placement through the snow. When I got to work I sat in the office like a zombie for about 2 hours unable to think or do anything. Eventually they realised I was not well and my work colleague drove me home to the shared house I was living in in High Wycombe. I scrambled out of the car, and when I got through the door I collapsed on the floor. I managed to drag my body up the stairs and my legs were weak and unable to move. I crawled onto my bed. I was so weak, tired and dizzy. The room was spinning and I couldn’t think straight. After a while I managed to stand up but kept bumping into the furniture and bruising myself as I had no coordination. Eventually I called my parents and asked for help. My Dad drove down to pick me up.
When I got home to their house I collapsed on the living room floor and lay there. Not knowing what was going on, why my body couldn’t move.
That was the day my body said enough and I stopped being able to function in everyday life.
It too me 6 months of being bedbound at home to accept that I was ill and was not going back to work. It wasn’t until a year later in December 2009 that I got a diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and my healing journey began…
Here is my transition from junk food to healthy food:
Step 1: Junk Food
When I was a student at university living away from home and first became ill with ME/CFS I used to eat a diet of junk food such as:
- Microwave ready meal lasagne.
- Microwave ready meal salmon and broccoli in creamy sauce.
- Microwave chips and fish fingers.
- Pop tarts
- Sugary Cereal
- Prawn mayonnaise sandwiches
- Baked potato with tuna mayonnaise
- Chocolate bars
- Pasta in creamy sauce
- Beef burgers
I now know that when you microwave meals it denatures the structure of the food so it is not the same food that went into the microwave!
Step 2: Gluten-Free
After visiting a Naturopathic Nutritionist who used a bio-resonance machine to detect my wheat and sugar intolerances, I altered my diet and cooked things such as:
- Trout with wild rice, steamed broccoli and carrots.
- Sea bass with gluten-free pasta and steamed vegetables in a creamy sauce.
- Sausages, wild rice and steamed vegetables.
- Gluten-free pasta in tomato sauce.
- Steamed egg ramekin.
- Gluten-free sandwiches
- Rice pudding
- Oat porridge with blueberries
- Spaghetti Bolognese with gluten-free pasta
- Oat flapjacks
- Gluten-free pasta bake
- Fish pie
- Homemade pork burgers
- Lamb shanks
Step 3: Reduce Processed Food
However my body become intolerant to the gluten-free pasta made from maize which I was consuming at least once a day. I developed IBS with stomach cramps, diarrhoea and even vomited once. So I had to change my diet again and ate things like:
- Tofu with rice noodles
- Carrot & Coriander Soup
- Spanish Sausage & Bean soup
- Tomato soup
- Cheese & tomato sandwiches
- Liver and bacon with potatoes
- Baked potato with tuna mayonnaise
- Pork balls with stir-fried vegetables
- Chicken Gohan curry
- Chicken kebabs in peanut satay.
- Homemade chips
- Chicken drumsticks & wings
Step 4: Vegetarian
I became interested in Detoxing the Pineal Gland and read a book where the author explains that tap water contains toxin fluorine and chlorine and fish contains toxic mercury. He also explained that meat has a very heavy vibration of death, fear, pain and suffering. I did not want to put that energy into my body as I wanted to raise my vibration. Also I had a emotive dream about a chicken in packaging that was half cooked and half still alive looking up at me with innocent eyes. I couldn’t bear to eat chicken after that and decided to become vegetarian so as not to support animal cruelty. The meals I ate included:
- Baked butternut squash with thyme, walnuts and feta
- Spanish omelettes
- Baked potato with cheese
- Potato salad
- Greek salad
- Hummus on gluten-free toast
- Gluten-free pizza
Step 5: Raw Vegan
Then I met my health-conscious ex boyfriend who had cancer and became raw vegan like him to get the benefits of detoxing my body, more energy and clear skin. I ate things such as:
- Kale Salad with Sprouted Seeds
- Raw chocolate
- Chocolate & almond milk smoothie
- Veggie nut mix in lettuce boats with hummus
- Nori Rolls
- Guacamole on corn cakes
- Hummus and sprouted sunflower seed on rice cakes.
- Raw carrot cake
- Kale chips
Step 6: Mixture of Cooked & Raw Vegan
I found it very difficult to get enough calories on that diet and although my skin was clear, I felt hungry and weak. So I am now a mixture of cooked and raw vegan and seem to have a lot of energy. My favourite meals at the moment are:
Featured in the September 2014 issue of WDDTY magazine in the article ‘Why ME?’ about my recovery from ME/CFS using diet.