Today I was going to post about my shoulder, but instead I have some exciting news! My shoulder story will have to wait a couple of weeks… because I “completed” my training and passed the exams to become a Certified LEAP Therapist.
What Does That Mean?
The training involved some narrated Power Points discussing food allergy and sensitivity, the role of food sensitivities in irritable bowel, migraine, fibromyalgia, and other conditions, and how to help others with the eating plan to reduce the effects of those problems. The foods that cause these problems are different from person to person. I cannot just post one meal plan that will work for everyone. I even tried a couple of those one-size-fits-all plans. They didn’t work for me. Why? Because some of the foods were ones that cause me problems.
I put completed in quotation marks because I am not really done. There is always more to learn. I will not stop learning now just because I am trained on this program. There are other things that can lead to pain in addition to just what we eat. I am so excited to discover more about how our bodies work to make the best life! I am also excited to help you on your pain-free journey. Are you ready to begin?
Actually, I wrote this two years ago about 24 miles from where I currently live. But this story starts at least 25 years ago and about over 1400 miles away…
I have had headaches for a long time. I know I have had them since high school. I cannot remember if I had them before that. When I was a sophomore in high school, my doctor decided to order a CT scan. He was searching for a tumor (there wasn’t one).
Much Pain, No Gain
Since that time, no one has been able to find a reason for my headaches or find a way to fix them. I have tried all kinds of medications, with varying results. Some medications turned me into a zombie, but didn’t take away the pain. One medication gave me chest pain and tightness, making me feel like I was having a heart attack. Other medications took away the headache – but only for a while. Eventually all of the medications that “worked” stopped working.
I have also tried a lot of other ways to deal with my headaches. I have done chiropractic, massage, and acupuncture. None of these made a noticeable difference in my headaches. I have also used essential oils (which I love, by the way, but they don’t always help my headache) and herbal supplements.
I do not have the answers. I have not found a way to cure my headaches. I wish I had. I have decided to thrive despite the pain. I am actively looking for (healthy) ways to reduce the pain. But I am also going to work toward ways to improve my health within my current capabilities.
Fast Forward To 2017
Earlier this year I was meeting with a colleague about something completely different. She also has a functional nutrition practice in Phoenix. I asked her about the doctors that she works with, because I was very interested in finding a doctor who would do more than just prescribe me drugs. I wanted an answer. She gave me the names of two doctors, and then recommended that I look into the LEAPfood sensitivity testing before seeing one of them. She had done some research herself, but had not had time yet to do their training.
After looking into the program and talking to one of the mentors, I enrolled in the training program and ordered my own food sensitivity test. After getting my results, I started eliminating the foods that my body reacted to. As a result, my headaches have greatly improved – and so have some other symptoms that I was having. I am so excited to share this program with others and help others adjust their eating to reduce or eliminate their pain!