I would first like to start with informing my readers of how VERY lazy I am when it comes to food. How incredibly unhealthy I am when it comes to my eating habits. No one in my household is overweight or anything, though my husband and I do share chubby bellies! I know I'm very unhealthy, I can feel it within me, and I've known it for quite some time. I never wanted to be a label reader and honestly thought label readers where kind of annoying! Reading labels never became a thought in my mind until I got pregnant with my first child, RJ. My first trimester was HELL!! Migraine and vomiting everyday. A migraine was nothing new to me, I have been dealing with debilitating migraines since I was about 13. On average once every week to two weeks. But it was pregnancy that gave me my first bit of knowledge about that nasty word Monosodium Glutamate (MSG). I read that pregnant woman shouldn't go to Chinese Restaurants because of their heavy use of MSG. Women while pregnant can become extra sensitive to MSG often causing migraines. But then I learned it is also used heavily in a lot of our everyday food! So what did I do? I quit eating anything that had MSG on their label, it helped a little, but I continued to get migraines. So I concluded that it wasn't just MSG causing my migraines, maybe it was hormones too.
After pregnancy I continued to watch my MSG intake because I noticed
some foods were obviously higher in MSG and would cause migraines. But
they did become fewer than before, usually no more than one migraine a
month. Then came a long baby number two, Venita! First trimester;
horrendous migraines with vomiting every day. So my hubby got pretty
scared because he actually got to see how bad I was this time. With my
first pregnancy he was working out of town and didn't get to see how
sick I was. So he did some research and found that MSG was in a lot more
things than we thought; specifically "Natural Flavoring." So I cut out
everything with natural flavoring and MSG, but it didn't help..
So fast forward to today, my daughter is now 3 1/2 months old, and what
have I learned... Shocking, shocking, shocking!! Every single thing I
eat has MSG hidden in it! (Click for list of ingredients with hidden MSG)
And though I thought I was cutting all MSG out of my diet during
pregnancy, I really wasn't.. GGGRRRRRR Yes MSG is hidden in almost every
single thing we ingest, even our vitamins..... I also learned that MSG
FREE is not always MSG FREE!! It usually means they didn't use MSG, but
the ingredients they used may have already contain MSG. My last migraine
was due to over eating something that said, "No added MSG." Well I
assumed there was no problem.. My last migraine was 4 days ago, and
after that day of horror in which I couldn't even take care of my own
children, I knew something needed to be done, especially since it seems
I'm becoming even more sensitive to MSG. So in a matter of 4 days of
extensive research I realized I have been poisoning myself and my entire
family. MSG is toxic and destroys brain cells and has been linked to
many different disorders as well as cancer. I also made a link to my
depression, anxiety, anger outbursts, fatigue, word recall problems, brain fog, peeling
skin, tired and irritated eyes, dark circles. As well as my son's
hyperactivity, irritability after meals, and dark circles. AND maybe my
husbands own anxiety, forgetfulness, and restless leg syndrome? (Click for a list of symptoms)
I am 100% positive that MSG causes my Migraines, but could MSG be linked
to me and my families other symptoms? Well we will soon find out!! I
have decided to cut MSG out of our diet as best as I possibly can. My
husband is supportive but skeptical and definitely thinks I'm being a
little radical, especially starting a blog about it! Ha, why not!! But I
have learned that almost everyone is skeptical at first, just as I was
about label readers (my apologies)!!! And if my life and my experience
can help someone, or prove a skeptical wrong. I want it documented!!
Now I truly feel the Lord has been preparing me for this day. Through
failed attempts with antidepressants, I had something quite interesting
AND extremely scary happen to me. While on Zoloft I was prescribed
Demerol for my wisdom tooth removal.. Come to find out it was basically
causing me to overdose on Serotonin (Serotonin Syndrome);
but thank God, not to the point of Cardiac Arrest. I felt AMAZING and I
thought, "DUDE Zoloft rocks!!" But no, so far it doesn't!! I found out
quickly I could have killed myself because a doctor didn't take a look
at my drug chart before prescribing me Demerol.. But yeah, what does
this have to do with the Lord preparing me for this day? Because for the
first time I experienced fun, joy, and ENERGY!!!! Yes energy.. If not
for that experience, I wouldn't have the drive to feel good again. To
understand why I need the drive!?! I'm addicted Hazelnut Creamer, and
I'm addicted to Pop/Coke and anything and everything unhealthy!! I will
have to give them all up.... And, just recently a loved one was
diagnosed with Cancer, and the reality of the threat to my families
lives finally hit me. I would compare all this to my conversion to the
Lord. Just as Paul the Apostle's experience. When the scales fall from
your eyes and you finally see the truth, the reality.. And NOW there's
no turning back, because I know the truth and I know it will set me
free!!!! Free from my daily pain and fatigue, free from my migraines and
depression. I AM SOOOOO READY TO FEEL GOOD!!
Yes, I'm excited for what the future holds, but I am sure it's not going
to be easy. From what I have studied, it is different for every person.
I know, not one person is the same. It will most likely be a lot of
trial and error. And I will document my trials and errors!! If your with
me on this journey, pray for me. I will be praying for you too!
The Lord did not intend for us to suffer like this. And I know, giving
our bodies to the Lord is just another step, in our walk with the Lord.
He will not steer us wrong!
Grace, Peace, and Health in Christ!