Happy National Kale Day, everybody! We are celebrating so many things today. In addition to celebrating a favorite of the cruciferous family, we are celebrating passing the 75% point in our Kickstarter campaign! We are thrilled to know that so many others believe in the healing effect of food and think it’s a message worth spreading! Thank you all for the support and sharing.
I’m also celebrating my sister’s wedding anniversary. 15 years ago today, she was holding my hand as I cried and told me how beautiful I was. I was 3 months into my diagnosis of Crohn’s Disease and on a high dosage of Prednisone. The bridesmaid dress we picked out 6 months before no longer fit as one of the many side effects of this medication was water retention, which made me go up many dress sizes. As my mom lovingly sewed up the zipper closure and wrapped me in a sweater, my sister told me how much she loved me and wanted me by her side as she said her wedding vows.
Through the years, my sister has supported me on all my adventures – food and non-food related, alike. When I told her I was starting an unfamiliar (to anyone in our family, at least) diet called the Specific Carbohydrate Diet to manage my flare-up, she didn’t pass so much as a blink of judgement. She may not fully understand what I’m doing, but she’s been my #1 cheerleader to get the word out about this film I’m working on, posting on social media more than I have. With love, encouragement, and support, she’s sent me this “complete guide to the world’s most powerful superfood” today. Thank you, Jen, for being an amazing big sister! Happy anniversary! I love you!
We wish all of you a happy, healthy, and fun National Kale Day!!
Healing is a journey. As you get ready to embark on your way to better health, you arm yourself with as much information as you can and stock up on food staples that will nourish you. When you begin down the path, the adventures are full of new discoveries and beautiful scenery. But, things are not easy on this trail. You might experience a setback when you realized you went down the wrong route and you have to start over. Or, the process might take longer than you expected. Hopefully, you meet many others on the way who are also taking this journey that will give you support. This journey to heal will change you.
The process of making a documentary is another kind of journey. We have met some amazing people along the way who are healing themselves and working to heal their communities. We have put together a team to carry the message over the distance. At this point in our process, we need your support to get us there.
Please support us on Kickstarter, if you can! You can also help us by sharing the campaign with your friends. You can even share it with your doctor! Thank you for all of your continued support!
I was first introduced to Terry Wahls MD‘s work through Jenny, my friend and Food As Medicine collaborator. “For a truly inspiring ‘food as medicine’ story,” she told me, “you have got to check out her book, The Wahls Protocol.”
In the book, Dr. Wahls shares her story of her own journey that began in a zero gravity wheelchair with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis. Through the use of her Wahls Protocol, within a year’s time, she was able to walk through her hospital without a cane and even ride a bicycle.
The Wahls Protocol was not only an inspiring read, but it was also very informative. Dr. Wahls discussion of diet was different than most that I had read about. The focus is mostly on using nutrient-dense food to maximize your health outcome. Even though I am not dealing with MS, her book taught me to look at optimizing my health rather than focus on treating my chronic disease.
Through my journey of making this documentary, I met one of the doctor’s Wahls Warriors, Beth Schultz of the blog, Real Food Inspired Me. Beth’s journey of healing involved years of dealing with MS and Lyme Disease before finding the Wahls Protocol. Now, Beth is singing victories in gaining back her life from the mountaintops as she continues on her journey armed with the practices of Dr. Wahls.
Next week, we are traveling to Iowa to meet Dr. Wahls and interview her about her story and her research. We will also be attending her Wahls Seminar. Join us on Facebook and Instagram for photos and updates about the journey to Iowa.