Updated: Jul 29, 2019
Before I share my motivation, I want to share my personal struggles. When I was younger, I struggled with crippling acid indigestion. From adolescence, I was taking double doses of Prevacid and Nexium (prescribed at the time). I have countless memories of painful nights, my throat on fire from acid almost every night. My catchphrase was seriously, “I’m on fire right now”.
After endless discussions, I decided to reach out to specialists to tackle intense daily heartburn. Truthfully, doctors were concerned with my condition given my age. I went through countless tests and procedures, shoving tubes into my stomach to monitor the acid. After all that pain, we learned I had severe heartburn at the age of 16.
Persistent research uncovered a combination of chronic stress and bad food combinations. My stomach pain was constant. Fast food and dairy led to relentless vomiting, rushing to the restroom after every bad meal. My pain was so consistent, it became routine. Doctors offered tons of suggestions; small meals were the option that worked. After 5 years of struggling, a friend gave me a book that promised I would be free of pain in only 6 months. At the moment, I laughed it off but I realized I had nothing to lose and took a leap. The pain I felt became a part of my history but, honestly, I read this book and I’ve never looked back.
The Hay Diet Method was developed by Dr. William Howard Hay in the 1920's and became popular in the 30's. Dr. Hay developed a philosophy that centers on curing all patients, regardless of disease, strictly with diet. Of course, I was skeptical, but over time it began to make sense. Changing my diet according to his teachings seemed overwhelming but I was willing to try anything.
At first, I felt slightly better and started taking less medicine. Over time I realized I was able to sleep without the burning feeling of acid in the back of my throat. Eventually, I no longer had to excuse myself to the bathroom. I felt better, more active and more alive. I felt good for the first time in a long time. My journey was difficult but my life was improving rapidly. Adjusting my diet seems so simple now. Since then, I’ve always wondered what else is out there?
It turns out there’s a lot more out there and a great deal overlap. But like everything else in nature, change doesn’t happen overnight. Change is about your lifestyle not quick trends. It took me months of work to feel better but I am now medicine-free, pain-free, and ready for any opportunity. So, let’s go deeper down the rabbit hole. Let’s explore our options together. Remember, no one glove fits all and there’s more than one right way to live a healthy lifestyle.