Over the next two months, I stopped seeing the insane chiropractor but I was determined not to go back to Ensure. I’d learned how synthetic and terrible their ingredients were for me and I couldn’t go back. Once you know better, you do better. I also couldn’t go back to being sick ¼ of every month.
Three of my friends and I spent hours plugging things into the MyFitnessPal app to try to create recipes for me. We knew I had to gain weight quickly but I was all in on this real food journey. I scoured the internet and there were no options. No one was creating real food for people with feeding tubes. There weren’t resources so it was a shot in the dark every day to try to blend things that would give me enough protein, fat, and carbs to sustain my body and help me thrive. We sat in coffee shops, cars, parks, kitchen tables, and spent many tear-filled days trying to create recipes that would work for me. I still use the basis of that recipe we created five years ago to eat every day.
Five years later, I can confidently say I am healthier than I have ever been. I sleep well, I have mental clarity, I can move my body every single day, I am able to gain muscle and eat more calories than I ever have. I can have approximately one sip of a sugar-filled drink before I get sick. I can eat about 2 jelly beans. I eat real, organic foods, and in the past 5 years, I have only gotten infections in my cysts 4 times. Not 4 times a year, 4 times total. In 5 years. They happen about once a year now and I will admit when they do happen they are VERY bad. Two of them have resulted in hospital stays, but I’d rather one ruthless infection than 12 in a year.
Real food is the best ya’ll. I know it’s scary to make the transition but it’s worth it. There is nothing more important than how and what we use to fuel our bodies. I hope my story helps you see how much what we put in our bodies affects us. For me, it was the difference between 12 infections a year for 24 years to four infections in the last five. I am so grateful that Pediasure and Ensure kept me alive for 24 years to realize that there was more for me.