1. Jolyse Barnett
    May 25, 2012 @ 1:02 am

    Hi Alica,

    Forgive me for coming late to your cleanse posts. I’ve been so swamped with dayjob work and a family issue that I’ve neglected blog reading. Happy to report I have the long weekend off and excited about catching up. Anyway…

    I hear you about the cleanse. I don’t know if you’re on it for physical fitness or medical reasons, but I had to go through a similar experience back in January. I learned I have something called “leaky gut syndrome.” As a result, I’ve had to go gluten-free and dairy-free. And this, coming from a cheese-and-crackers loving gal. I was so angry! But, I knew if I didn’t make drastic changes, the ill health and pain would continue. The doctor also warned I’d need a liver transplant within a decade, since my body views regular foods as toxins and my liver was on overdrive all the time. WAKE UP CALL.

    So I did it. (I also had to add a daily probiotic pill.) I felt starving all the time for about 6 weeks. I was a beeyotch to be around. Gradually, I didn’t miss bread anymore. (I tried the bread substitutes. Didn’t like them) I discovered Almond Silk Milk. Yum. That took care of my milk craving. I still miss cheese. But I don’t want to take the chance and go back to the way I used to feel.

    I’ve lost 17 pounds. I didn’t think I needed to, but I guess my body knew better than me. I feel better than ever. I have so much more energy, my side pain has disappeared, and my stomach bloating is GONE!

    The moral of the story is: Stick with it. You won’t regret it. It’s worth the struggle to get to the other side.

    Wow…didn’t mean to write so much. Keep with it. We’re here to support you. You can do this! 🙂


    • alicamckennajohnson
      May 28, 2012 @ 1:55 pm

      I am so glad you made it through and are feeling so much better! Giving up both wheat and dairy at the same time is so hard. I use to work in a health food store and whenever anyone was diagnosed with food allergies they would come to us for help usually tearful and angry. The big issue with Gluten free stuff is most of it is made with a lot of dairy. I’m planning on keeping up my healthy eating log adding reviews about different products and recipes, maybe you’ll find something here to help. I’m almost done at this point and yes I have been less then pleasant but I think I have broken a lot of my unhealthy eating habits, or at least weakened them.
      Thank you for the support- it really helps me keep focused. ((hugs))


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