Updated: Mar 17
As a result of our own experiences with food positively impacting our health, we’re quite accustomed to hearing other wonderful and transformatory stories where a shift towards more whole plant foods has been a factor, sometimes the key factor, in effecting a major change. For this shift to be implemented twice is something we hear much less frequently. This, however, was Jane’s experience as it was for me, her sister.
The Power of Healing Food
Food has played an integral role in my health over the last 20 years. I have used it to help support me in two specific areas of my life and am forever grateful that I have been able to make such positive changes that have had huge impacts. Anyone who helps on this venture is a lifeline and I love them for it.
When I was doing my degree in the late '80s I was also an Officer Cadet with King's Regiment in Liverpool. Early morning PT with a log across our shoulders running through fields, over assault courses was a great way to wake up. Except for me. One in 4 of these PT sessions would end up with me curled up in agony in a sleeping bag on the changing room floor for an hour or two. For a long time, I didn't know why I was experiencing this.
Roll on a decade and I was a PE teacher in a secondary school, still active, eating quite healthily. I thought that what I was feeling was normal! Every time I had a number 2, I had to grab onto the walls in pain, and when being driven in a car, if we went over potholes my abdomen would feel bounced around like the bladder in a casey football. The waves of incredible fatigue were also part of the monthly experience. I found out this was not normal for everyone.
Some mornings I would get into school and have to teach sitting on the gym floor as I was so totally wiped out, I could barely walk, then I'd be back up and raring to go again shortly after. Strange! Around this time, my older sister had an operation and found out she had endometriosis. The endometriosis returned a few months later, so she started researching. She found an excellent book Endometriosis, A key to healing through nutrition by Dian Shepperson Mills and Michael Vernon. I know that changed her and her diet and empowered her to be proactive about her own health and healing.
Initially, I was told that my pain was most likely early menopause in my early 30s! I was shocked to hear this but thought my GP must be right. So, I put up with the pain for a few years. Because Netty, my sister, realised she had endometriosis, I gently suggested to my GP that I might have it too. Fortunately he agreed with me and an appointment was made with a consultant who suggested a laparoscopy. I booked a few days off school. I had the laparoscopy as a day patient and was back in work a few days after. The response I got from the doctor took me by surprise: "Oh, by the way, that hasn't resolved it, we just had a look around and y