Our Story: Set Backs and Growth

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kids at the cabin

The garden’s growing, the kid’s are growing, and I’m growing. Well, I take part of that back…my garden is really, really trying to grow. We had a little bit of a set back. With a week or so of 110+ degree heat followed by a some very hungry bugs it looks like this….

bugs and pepper plant

My sad little pepper plant 🙁 But thanks to some TLC and some a few days of heavenly rain and cooler temps, we’re getting to enjoy some of the fruits of our labors!

tomato

I’m also getting very excited about my first marathon coming up in less than two weeks!!! My 12 Week Training Schedule has been tweaked here and there along the way, but I’m feeling about as ready as I can be. This whole process of training and discipline has been my outlet. Running is my time to meditate, think, pray, and burn off some anxiety and stress.
After the health scare we had with Miah a few months ago and the new questions raised about her original diagnosis of Celiac and the possibility of Crohn’s, or something more rare altogether, I’ve been understandably a little more anxious. This crazy idea I had to train and run a marathon in 12 weeks has turned into a huge personal blessing of growth and peace.
I’ve also been busy trying to keep my growing family healthy. More especially, keep Miah healthy. The diet we started over 3 years ago has been so beneficial for all of us. But after Miah’s set back this past winter and spring I’ve been doing more research than ever.
Miah2015

She still loves her Caterpillar…he’s been well loved and had to have some procedures done too 😉

I found that by removing things from her diet and slowly adding them back in one at a time that there were other foods that may have caused her latest sickness. Grains. All grains – rice, corn, and certified gluten free oats which were once a staple in our gluten free diet had been causing inflammation in her intestines. If she just had celiac disease then a diet without gluten would have fixed it, but after another scope the doctors found that her intestines were still damaged…not as bad as they were 3 years ago, but not as good as they should have been with the diet we have been following.
Miah is incredible and as I help her listen to what her body is telling her – to be receptive to how the food she eats reacts in her body, she has been the one to lead the way in changing her diet! My five-year old is the one teaching me!
She now, on her own, is basically following the autoimmune protocol diet, which is a refined version of the paleo diet. Here’s a link to the basic do’s and don’ts of the Autoimmune Protocol Diet. She hasn’t been able to let go of tomatoes (her favorite) and still enjoys some nuts and eggs which are not part of the diet. However, I’m letting her take the lead and she’s doing well without any medications, which the doctors insisted she would have to have. She’s healthy, playful, growing, and getting excited to start kindergarten. That’s all I could ask for!

family at Touqurville falls

Haha! And this was the best picture. I love my crazy family!

“Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.” – Andy Rooney

I guess this time of growth for me is more about learning to enjoy the climb. I’m sure it will make the view at the top even more glorious! Thanks everyone for being part of the journey!

Food Lamor by Melissa


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