Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Suprising Dissapointments
Three weeks ago, my mom and dad took me to see Dr. Asa Andrews. He's supposed to be some type of nutritional doc, but it turns out he's a chiropractor. Anyway, that was beside the point. Every since I hit puberty I have been dealing with a nasty sum of issues that have to do with food allergies and digestive issues. My mom and dad thought it was due to the fact that I had grown so fast in a short amount of time that everything was having a hard time catching up.
Well, it continued for about five years before we really started to investigate what the underlying cause was for this unexplainable problem that was plaguing me. So about two years ago, after a Christmas Party my Grandma Jarvis was having at her school for all her fellow Cafeteria ladies, my mom and I realized that this was a much bigger issue that we had originally thought. There was something more to the picture that we couldn't explain for find any reliable answer for. That was then. After the Christmas party, my mom began searching for answers. And I did, too, because I wanted to know what was wrong. I wanted to feel better and to be able to eat without my stomach feeling like it had thousands of knifes cutting at it.
Upon doing an extensive search for remedies or someone who could help, my mom ran across Dr. Rick Clifford a chiropractor that does wonders with food allergies, pressure points, re-adjusting and much more! When my mom first booked the appointment, we were skeptical.The program he put me on was (I mean is) called N.A.E.T. It's a little wacky-the whole process-but it works! Dr. Clifford was the first step in becoming healthy again. With 35lbs gone down the drain due to my lack of eating (because my stomach was sensitive), I had to do something more. While Dr. Clifford was working, my mom and dad still wanted a more definite answer. Yes, I was allergic to everything I ate, but he fixed that...now it was time to find out why I was still having issues.
Turns out, after visiting Dr. Asa Andrews (for further investigation) here in Nashville, I am unable to digest food. Period. That is, without vitamins and supplements to aid my digestion. Also, I have come to find out that I am allergic to cows milk and gluten. Well, that was a blow, but a semi-easy fix. Now and forever I will not be allowed to drink or eat anything dairy unless it's sheep/goat's milk, cheese, etc.
I am praying that this year will be more effective and productive than last year. However, I don't know if I would call last year unproductive. I did learn a lot by the trials I was going through. My boss (I used to work at a Karate Dojo teaching kids Karate) was making my school year stressful. And on top of that, I was trying to understand my Tennessee History teacher, who could care less if I even excised (that's college for you).
So over the summer I was offered two jobs. All I can say is that this is a God send. After I quit my job at Karate, I was wondering how I would make some extra spending money because my mom and dad don't believe in giving us an allowance (that's understandable...they do a lot for me as it is!). It turns out that Vol State Comm. College in Gallatin had reviewed my American History 101 grade and had received a recommendation from my teacher. What's that mean? Because of my grade and the letter of recommendation from the teacher, I was offered a job as an SI leader. (You can learn more about what an SI leader is HERE). Unfortunitely, I had to quit due to some very surprising and unexpected circumstances (nothing to do with me personally, but I cannot work in the same conditions very similar to Karate). However, in addition to the job at college, I was offered another job that involved my favorite thing-history! I will be working at Mansker's Station in Goodletsville, TN as a re-enactor. I am so blessed. When God closes one door, He opens another.
And that was pretty much my whole week, really. It was despicable to a certain degree and a time in my life I wish to never revisit. But, I have learned quiet a bit and am yet to learn more. So, I leave you know with a silent prayer and a verse of encouragement:
"But You, O LORD, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head. I cried to the LORD with my voice, And He heard me from His holy hill. I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the LORD sustained me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people. Who have set themselves against me all around."~Psalm 3:3-6Until next time, Adios Amigos. God Bless you all. :)