Today we are going to meet Christina.
I met Christina and her husband on my first speaking tour to Wyoming. Before meeting her I had no idea that she had read the book or that she had taken the ball and run with it! She jumped right into making kefir, sauerkraut, bone broths and more. Her results have been remarkable and she has helped so many others begin their journey with these healing foods. Christina has also started a local group called Nourishing the Basin dedicated to making these healthful foods more available in her area. –Kristin
Over the past 15 years I have been diagnosed with one thing after another. I was beginning to think I was a walking Merck manual; GERD, Celiac, Fibromyalgia, Sjögren’s, PCOS, just to name a few.
Every time a new diagnosis came along, one or two more pills were added to my regimen. I was taking so many pills that I had a big basket that I kept them all in just so I could keep track of them all. I was really in despair and felt like my life was over at 34.
I was alive but felt dead.
I was tired and in pain 24/7 and my kids couldn’t even hug me because it hurt so much. I was taking 4 hour naps every day. I knew this was no way to live. I knew I needed to change something.
When I was 15 I watched a documentary about a CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation). It showed how they slaughtered the cows and all of the disgusting practices they used. I was turned off to meat right there. I quit eating it completely for 10 years but slowly added in a little poultry and fish over the next 10.
I thought I was eating healthy.
Vegetarianism and limited protein intake were considered a healthy lifestyle. I assumed I was doing everything right, but my body was betraying me. After reading this book and learning how I should be eating I realized I was betraying my body and it wasn’t performing because of the foods that I put into it.
The trouble with our modern society is that we have been “educated” into believing we are eating a healthful diet. But the awful truth is that we have lost the knowledge of what it means to eat healthful foods.
I read the book Autoimmune: The Cause and the Cure in January of 2012. I immediately went off all of my medications (My husband is a pharmacist and he said it was okay… I don’t recommend that course of action for everyone). I started drinking raw milk and lacto-fermenting my foods.
Raw fermented sauerkraut has been a mainstay in my diet. I always eat it with any protein that I consume. I attribute sauerkraut with healing my GERD. As long as I eat it I have no problems with acid or reflux.
I feel better than I have in years. I have much more energy. My naps tapered down from every day to every other day until I was having to take fewer and fewer. Now I probably have to nap once a week or once every other week.
I am a better mom because I can spend time with my kids. My body isn’t in constant pain from fibromyalgia. I am truly amazed that such changes can take place in so short a period of time. My friends, family and even my neighbors have remarked on the change in me. I am so thankful for my farmer who gave me this book.
I’m thankful for the authors who put in all the time to research and lay out the information in an organized and thorough fashion. I love that they have included all the research in this book. I saw improvement in only three weeks and I’ve just kept getting better and better! Some people ask if I’m 100% better. I am not. I have 34 years of damage to undo. We can’t expect to be better overnight but I now have hope that 100% better is in my future!
I have discovered that there are 4 things I need to have every single day in order to feel good. If I don’t get one of them I feel tired but if I don’t get two my fibro symptoms come raging back.
These four things are: raw fermented sauerkraut, bone broth, milk kefir, and fermented cod liver oil/butter oil. It is a bonus that I feel even better when I include other fermented foods in my diet and I’ve figured out that you can ferment almost anything! I have lacto fermented ketchup, mayonnaise, vegetables, dips, and I even make my own lacto fermented soda!
Last year Kristin came to our town and gave a presentation on the book and afterward my husband remarked, “She really knows her stuff!” I agree! She explains it so beautifully and makes it easy for people to understand what is happening in their bodies.
If anyone ever tells you there is no cure for autoimmune, I hope you will challenge them to read this book. If you are suffering, I hope you will read this book and get started right away. There is no reason for anyone to suffer anymore!
Thank you Christina for sharing your story with us! Please give Christina a warm welcome in the comments.