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Finally I Feel Healthy!
by Gloria Hieser
For decades I endeavored to be healthy, however, all I accomplished was the opposite.
My trying and frustrating journey with health and losing weight started when I changed my eating habits after relocating to the USA from South America.
It was a very unwise thing to do, especially since I had had a bout with viral thyroiditis.
But in an effort to prevent any further thyroid problems, I began to listen to health “experts” that touted eating according to the Food Pyramid.
Ultimately, the conventional wisdom was eat less, move more, and when you eat, eat low fat (vegetable fats) and high carbohydrates/fruits.
Within just a few short months of living the way the experts were advising, I started gaining weight and feeling tired, hungry and blah.
Thinking that I was not doing it right I was enticed to become a vegan so as to cut out all the “bad” calories (animal fats/products). Months went by and my weight was not better; I was getting more symptomatic and heavier.
I developed more thyroid problems, was constantly tired (which I attributed to working-out) and felt depressed and frustrated. Around that time, I also started experiencing skin rashes, irritable bowel syndrome, cravings for sweets and more weight gain.
When I became pregnant (a miracle in it and of itself, because I discovered that my fertility had been profoundly impacted), I ended my veganism and started consuming some animal protein like eggs, chicken and some fish.
I would not consume beef for many more years and would not get close to butter or cream or whole milk for even more years.
All the while, I continued to incorporate exercise in my weekly routine increasing the intensity and frequency to include jogging/running (ran 5K races) and trained for and ran a half marathon. But I was getting heavier.
After repeated Weight Watchers attempts, I took weight loss medications under a doctor’s supervision and when that didn’t work I tried fasting for prolonged periods of time. Nothing worked! My health and my weight were in such sorry states I didn’t know what to do.
My health issues would go on to become more complex and more numerous: food allergies and sensitivities, leaky gut syndrome, menstrual cycle problems, fibroid tumors in the uterus and the scariest one of all was a total blackout seizure.
My doctors couldn’t find any physiological explanation for my symptoms and my seizure. A few months later I had a total hysterectomy. So, in the course of approximately 20 years or so I experienced weight problems and serious health issues.
Thankfully, I came across the Weston A. Price Foundation’s website where I read and learned all I know about eating whole foods, animal products and various health issues. I read an excellent book by Dr. Mary Enig, which promoted whole foods and healthy animal fats and coconut oil, all of which had been vilified over the last 2 or 3 decades.
I read up on coconut oil and now it is my go-to oil for cooking. I now eat more animal products like beef, poultry, fish/seafood, butter, cream, whole milk cheese, bacon, lard, and feel great! I continue to exercise and have seen great results with the program offered by Teresa Tapp, the inventor of the T-Tapp system, a great approach for women’s issues and health.
By eating natural and fresh whole foods, by cooking all my meals(not eating out), by adding as many of the healthy animal fats as possible, by consuming coconut oil and most important of all, by cutting all starchy carbohydrates and fruits from my diet, I have been able to lose inches.
I have lost a whole dress size in a month and a half time and I continue to lose. I feel good. I feel healthy. My advice for losing weight is eat whole foods (nothing processed) and cut out all starchy carbohydrates (be it grains or vegetables or fruits) and cut out vegetable/seed/nut oils; they are highly processed and oxidized.
Incorporate fresh animal products and animal fat, coconut oil (great for thyroid function and energy), consume green leafy vegetables and/or low starch vegetables.
At 52 years of age I feel the healthiest I have ever felt!