About this time 3 years ago, I started my journey to heal Crohn’s Disease with food. It was sometime after Thanksgiving and before the December holidays that I was into my second month of experiencing a flare when my husband found some information for a diet called the Specific Carbohydrate Diet for people with Crohn’s, colitis, celiac disease, and other gastrointestinal diseases.
I wished I would have recorded that date, but to be honest, I didn’t think that the diet would work, and I didn’t think it would ever change me as much as it has. I had tried going gluten-free for a month prior with no improvement in my symptoms. I had already been vegetarian for 10 years, so I thought I was eating pretty healthy to begin with. Plus, I was living in Los Angeles at that time, and I didn’t want to be yet another person on a crazy diet.
However, my husband pushed me to give it one month. And, I couldn’t say no because he was going to join me on the diet. I’ll say that month was not graceful. At my lowest point, I was laying in front of the refrigerator crying my eyes out because I was too tired and too hungry to make anything and my usual solution of running to the burger joint across the street to grab a grilled cheese was crushed. I made it through my one month trial, and I was actually seeing improvement. By the time I had my scheduled colonoscopy, the results came back clean!
Although I didn’t film any of my journey, I owe a lot of gratitude to the 3 people I have been following since the beginning of their journeys for this documentary. From behind the camera, I sympathize with their frustrations when they fall of their protocols, busy schedules that leave no time to cook, and isolation felt from social gatherings around food. Through this year, I have admired their persistence and strength to keep battling forward, which I don’t think they know how much that has inspired me. I feel truly honored to be part of their triumphs as they have been reclaiming their health, victory by victory.
Healing is a journey. When you look back at one month, 3 years or 50 years, the reflection of how far you come is a reward as sweet as good health!