I have RA. That would be short for Rheumatoid Arthritis. I am just now getting diagnosed, but when I think about the past, no doubt I've had it for some time. For those of you that are not familiar with RA, it is an autoimmune disorder that affects joints, but it also affects the heart, and you have this exhaustive feeling like if you had the flu. It also seems to make me catch a cold pretty fast.
Now, I have decided to not take the meds for it and I am doing a combination of CBD oil and a program using diet called the Paddison Program. It is working, but the diet is of course cutting out even more foods than I have already done due to my allergies. Disclaimer - Do not just stop taking your meds if you have this disorder. Please discuss your options with your Dr!)
The main gist is no gluten, no sugar (already had those both down) but no dairy and to be even more thorough, no meat. Because I am allergic to nuts and legumes (beans, etc) that is not possible for me, but the whole thing left me VERY VERY angry.
It also left me asking WHY. WHY is this even out there. I still am waiting for that answer, which I will get from the other side. While I may not like or agree with the answer, I still want one.
Anyway, yesterday after picking my daughter up from the nurse's office (the flu is going around BTW), I was in my car, still angry. Angry that I had even less to eat. I got a surprising message that came through. A truck passed in front of me that had a picture of premium dog food. The message came to me as "You would not knowingly feed an animal something that would hurt them, take care of yourself too". I LOVE cheese and dairy. It was the one food group I never wanted off my plate. I did feel that understanding that, I wouldn't give an animal anything that would hurt them. I would feed them food that I know would keep them healthy, so I have to apply this knowledge to myself as well.
While I am still not happy with the change, I've come to understand that I have to accept it and I will do so gracefully. I did find this small, personal revelation to be quite interesting.