Who would have thought we’d be living through a pandemic like this in our lifetime? I surely didn’t.

I am so grateful that I have been off medications since June and managing my disease naturally. Otherwise I would be living in absolute fear.

Last week I had a virtual appointment with my rheumatologist. She’s pleased with my health and disease management. I don’t have to see her for another 5 months or so.

And last week I also watched the documentary called The Game Changers. It’s the story of James Wilks — elite Special Forces trainer and The Ultimate Fighter winner — as he travels the world on a quest to uncover the optimal diet for human performance.

All I can say is wow. I’ve read countless articles about plant based “diets” and health benefits, not just relative to RA, but heart health, gut health, and much more. But this documentary, well, it’s a game changer.

Now, the biggest concern for me was changing anything in my diet. Having been on strict AIP for nearly 8 months with 6 months virtually pain and inflammation free, upsetting that balance is frightening. And even more so during the current pandemic because now is not the time to have a major flare that can’t be brought down naturally.

I got out my food allergy and sensitivities results and went back over EVERYTHING. My notes from my visits with my naturopath doctor about AIP and eventually adding foods back, eating a rotational diet, blood test results, bookmarked articles online about plant based diets….and I decided to give it a shot.

So, 4 days in and I’ve had some changes. Some concern me a little, and some are really good.

I have some pain in my hands that hasn’t been present until now. But it’s holding steady. It could be simply due to changing from what I’ve been eating for so long without deviating. I’m watching this closely.

But here’s the really cool change. I am able to breathe better. What I mean by that is I’ve noticed that I am able to breathe deeper. Feels like when I use my inhaler, but even better than that. And when I say “better” I’m talking a significant difference.

I was already dairy and egg free so that’s not the difference. I’m reading about a possible link because this cannot be a sudden coincidence.

I can’t wait to see how I do over the next few weeks and especially during workouts.

I’m hopeful that my hands will settle back down and that I’ll be able to eat a variety of foods and be even healthier than I have been.

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