When I was thirteen, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s, a chronic inflammatory bowel disease for which Western medicine has no cure. The doctors put me on a strict fiber-free diet and intense steroids to relieve the swelling in my intestines. After six months of this treatment, the doctors left me on anti-inflammatory medication. I could resume eating whatever I wanted, provided I continued to take between ten and fifteen pills daily.
A few years later, my father, who also suffers stomach problems, heard of Marjorie Silcoff, a woman who practises Chinese acupressure. She informed me that I could cure my Crohn’s by eliminating dairy, gluten, refined sugar, and cold foods from my diet, and coming for acupressure every few months. As someone who was becoming increasingly interested in food, I was not open to the idea. I didn’t want more dietary restrictions than I already had with my vegetarianism.
For four years, I occasionally visited Marjorie when I was having a flare up. However, in February 2014, I reached a point where my ribs and hips couldn’t be touched without agony. I was always cold, and the pain in my stomach became unbearable. My gastroenterologist told me my blood tests came back normal, and they could do nothing for me. I finally looked to Marjorie’s proposed diet.
It worked. For two months, I went completely gluten, dairy, sugar, chocolate, alcohol, and coffee free, and I felt better and more energized than I had in years. I slowly stopped taking my medication, and haven’t needed an anti-inflammatory pill since the end of April 2014. I have since reintroduced gluten, sugar, chocolate, and coffee, into my diet by treating them as indulgences, not staples.
What I have learned over the years is that it’s not difficult to eat according to your dietary needs once you make eating for your system a priority. Crohn’s, lactose intolerance, celiac disease, or allergies should not prevent you from enjoying the food you eat. Contrary to popular belief, these are not more expensive lifestyles either.
Reveena’sKitchen is my way of sharing my favorite recipes with everyone out there who has dietary restrictions or who wants to try out new ways of eating, such as vegan, vegetarian, or gluten free if only for a meal or two a week.
At the end of the day, the food you put into your body will manifest itself in the way you feel. You have every right to love the skin you call your own and every right and responsibility to treat it nicely. I hope that you get deep pleasure from the food you eat. Be it a healthy meal or a special treat, you should enjoy it immensely.
If you live in Montreal and are interested in seeing Marjorie for a treatment, you can contact her by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. She treats everything from the common cold to gastrointestinal diseases to anxiety. She’s basically wonderful.