My road to health was gradual. I first started using raw goat dairy for the family when my youngest was about 4, as she can’t tolerate cows’ milk. (I can’t tolerate any dairy w-casein). Both she and her brother never needed braces, even though their prenatal nutrition was bad. The older kids did. I started with WAPF diet, but moved to GAPS due to issues with grains. I consider GAPS a subset of WAPF diet.
Between following GAPS, homeopathy, and supplements, I now no longer have constipation, which I was “born with”. My allergies & asthma are almost non-existent, and I used to have to wear a HEPA mask to work in my garden! Migraines stopped as soon as I stopped grains and sugar, as did brain fog. Even though I have MTHFR, I’m able to detox sufficiently now. I know this isn’t strictly a “WAPF” story, but as I said, I believe GAPS “counts”.
Regarding obstacles, I did not have it as hard as many Americans, in that for the first 15 years of married life, I lived in the UK, which at that time, had almost NO convenience foods. You bought meat, vegetables, etc, and you cooked them; no taco kits, open-and-serve, etc. So I was used to cooking. I also had always liked liver, so I was already eating that on a regular basis.
The biggest challenge is realizing that family members (my youngest is now 20) have to find their own ways, which sadly involves their bad choices. When they get sick enough, they may be motivated to change. Until then, I keep cooking good stuff, and keep my mouth shut. Nobody is convinced by being nagged.
In 2012 I was diagnosed with Hashimotos Thyroiditis. This happens when your immune system turns against you and starts attacking healthy cells and in this case it picked my thyroid. Having an extensive background and education of over 20 years in health I was surprised that something like this could happen since I felt I did all the right things. I ate very healthy, exercised daily, practiced meditation and yoga, etc., however, I was suffering from overwhelming fatigue and body aches.
At the time I was diagnosed I had been a vegetarian for about 3 years and vegan for another year. As I started diving into research about autoimmune and thyroid disease I came across blogs and chat discussions with people sharing how they developed thyroid disease and autoimmune thyroid disease after a period of time on a vegetarian or vegan diet. I decided to contact more than a few naturopathic doctors and holistic health practitioners to see if this was their experience as well. Many confirmed this was not uncommon. While there isn’t any scientific proof to substantiate this there is quite a bit of anecdotal evidence. In addition I had started my Ayurveda practitioner training. Ayurveda is the Indian system of medicine and sister science to yoga and by definition means, “science of life.” It states that each person is an individual and must eat according to their own individual constitution that is in alignment with nature and the five elements (air, fire, water, space, ether).
Through this process I realized that my body type needed more in the way of nutrient dense foods than I was eating. I decided to start eating small amounts of meat and dairy from a local farm as well as bone broth. With all the dangerous chemicals including herbicides, pesticides, antibiotics and growth hormones added to our food supply I have always been conscious about buying as much organic food as possible. As time went on and I started eating grass-fed beef, good quality diary and bone broth my health started to change. I went from fatigued to energized and now I feel terrific. I became a Weston Price chapter leader so I could educate my clients and help them locate reputable farms and good quality food. There isn’t one size that fits all so it’s important to find out what works for you. Remember “you are what you eat” and “food is medicine” but it has to be pure food that is not made in a laboratory or processed.