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Having been born in 1958 in Southern California, much of my childhood was spent eating processed foods, which was not uncommon. I carried those practices into my adulthood, which was a life devoted to career and living in the "fast lane". I was not taught to cook growing up, so cooking for my family usually consisted of boxed substances, pastas, and fast foods. The Lord has taught me to have faith and slow down, and to trust him for what I need. To slow down and pay attention to what He has provided for REAL nutrition, instead of the inadequate chemical-laden fake food designed for marketing and financial gain. Once again, mankind has tried to pervert the beautiful simplicity of what God has already provided from the start.
Once I began the journey of eating (and living) according to The Daniel Plan, my entire health life changed. I had suffered from depression and anxiety my entire adult life and had been taking two anti-depressant prescription drugs for over 20 years. I was also on two prescription drugs for high blood pressure and one for high cholesterol for 13 years. I wore an estrogen patch for menopausal symptoms (hot flashes, brain fog, etc.) for four years, and took prescription strength doses of ibuprofen (NSAID) for generalized muscular aches and pains due to an auto-immune disease and spinal problems. I had not been able to drink milk for 35 years due to lactose intolerance, suffered from chronic hyponatremia (low salt levels in my blood), hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), and low vitamin D levels.
I have slowed down the pace of my life CONSIDERABLY, making my relationship with God first and foremost. Every morning when I first get up, I spend time reading devotionals and talking to The Lord about my life and what he wants me to do to live for him and for others. I have developed the habit of journaling and writing my prayers, which helps to organize my thoughts. I'm now serving in a few ministries, caring for other people. I am careful to get enough sleep, drink plenty of water, eat plenty of vegetables, fruit, whole grains, nuts, beans and other lean proteins. I am in a small group of women who meet weekly to study the Bible and DO LIFE together. The focus of my life has shifted from struggling to make a living, to having a life, in Christ. I care for my mind, body and spirit to give me strength to care for others. My joy has increased immensely and I have no anxiety anymore, because I learned to simply trust God.
Since starting the Daniel Plan, I have lost 15 pounds (I wasn't very overweight to begin with), but more importantly, I have eliminated ALL medications. My blood pressure, cholesterol levels, sodium and vitamin D levels have all normalized WITHOUT DRUGS. Only real food, moderate exercise, plenty of sleep, lots of water, and staying close to Jesus through reading the Bible. I no longer have lactose intolerance either. I enjoy a gallon of milk every week without any problems. I am healthier now than I have ever been in my entire life. What a blessing!
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