YOU CHANGE FIRST
It starts with you changing first. Who would have thought that I would change first? Well, for your kids, you will do anything. I was, by far, the worst eater in the world. Yes, I ate at McDonald's and I ate fast food. I had no conscience about food. I thought I ate healthy and I had no palate. Well, boy, was I wrong! It took my son to get sick for me to fix myself.
I was always tired, sleepy and moody. I had painful menstruation and I had to take six ibuprofen daily for a week. I had no idea what I was doing to my body. I never ate veggies or fruit. I loved potato chips and french fries.
But why was I always sick? Because my immune syatem was shot. I was sick almost every two months. I once got sick for almost two weeks straight and was exhausted in bed.
In 2011 I started reading about juicing. Katheryn Reed was writing about MSG and how she cured her daughter's autism. She made videos about juicing. I read the labels on everything I purchased. Katheryn Reed said, "If you don’t understand the label that means it's bad for you, and anything that says NATURAL FLAVORS means you are consuming MSG." I found her info interesting since I had heard diet worked but didn’t have anybody that could confirm that it worked. I repeatedly heard that changing the diet wasn't proven and doesn't work.
I'm a very drastic and extreme person. So the night I read up on MSG, it dawned on me that if I ate wrong how could I possibly help my son? I was the one that brought sweets to my kids and thought I was rewarding them. Well I was wrong.
I started juicing in 2011 and was maybe at one juice per day. As I started educating myself, I came across the “Just Juice” website that said the person that started the recipes cured herself from cancer, and that a detox was necessary. So in 2015 I did a juice cleanse. By that time, I was already fermenting my own foods and making my own milk keifers, kambucha and water keiffers. I did the "21 in 21 Just Juice" detox and I lost 30 pounds. I became a blended juice junkie. To this day I drink four juices a day. I make them daily and take them to work.
I also prepare my cucumber water with mint and ginger and consume at least one gallon each day. I changed my palate. Our family went organic and GMO-free in 2012. Since then I started choosing where we ate and mostly ate at home. I found research that confirmed it is better to make food at home than to buy pre-made food. To this day I have maintained my weight without even trying. I no longer have heavy periods or menstrual cramps since I made those changes. I have not had any Tylenol or ibuprofen in three years. I'm never tired and I feel well all the time. I have energy to ferment and make our food and I even started growing our garden. We even bought our own chickens and goats! I have my whole family on this healthier lifestyle now! This change would have never happened if it weren’t for Jovan. We changed, and those changes have made Jovan's transition smoother.
Hello my name is Stephany and I want to share my story. I am a mother of an autistic child. My son is Jovan, and this is his journey.
Brotherly Love: Jovan adores his big brother.