Many of you have read about the battle of the back over the last couple of years – this weird and obscure pain that has woken me up in the middle of the night, every night for almost three years now. This back pain that’s led me to acupuncture and massage and chiropractic care, physical therapy and the Whole 30 diet, rheumatologists and back specialists and general practitioners alike.
And y’all, it’s been a journey.
So, when my friend Siv asked me to write on the theme of creativity, I realized that a whole lot of creativity has been going to the kitchen – and to learning how to live a life free of sugar. But it’s been pretty amazing to see the changes in my body (and especially in my back) in two months’ time.
Curious as to this part of my journey? Read part of my story below, or head over to Milagro Mama to read the rest:
It all started with a question, an unknown, a search for answers.
“Do you think sugar is the cause of your inflammation?” my best friend asked me. I’d been off gluten for eight months by that point, convinced following the Whole 30 diet that gluten was the cause of joint inflammation in my back.
But an intolerable ache had returned. For nearly three years, I’d woken up almost every night with back pain – and I was done being sleepless in Seattle. Done with heating pads and moving to the couch and popping Ibuprofen at 3am because the pain kept me from sleeping.
So, I stopped eating sugar the next morning.
Like, cold-turkey stopped eating almost all processed foods (because, y’all, sugar is in everything), stopped slurping down a daily glass of wine, stopped adding a spoonful of sweet goodness to my coffee in the morning.
Eager to hear the rest of the story? Click here for the rest of the story, and get to know Siv through her writing as well – she’s got some pretty bomb recipes, among other such writerly musings.
So, sugar-free: is this you? How have food modifications made a huge difference in YOUR life? Otherwise, where have you discovered creativity lately?0