Keri's Success Story - Beating Symptoms of Lofgren's Syndrome
Well, it's time to celebrate. I've reached by goal weight, having lost 25 pounds and almost three full clothing sizes. More importantly, I've got ME back - the real me.
By the beginning of March, 2017, I had sunk into depression. Three years ago, I was diagnosed with Lofgren's Syndrome, a form of sarcoidosis, an auto-immune disease that triggers arthritic inflammation in the extremity joints. Although I had officially been in remission for a year, the pain, inflammation and weight gain that came with the steroids required to treat the condition haunted me. Coupled with chronic lower back pain, I was spiraling into a vicious circle where food was my solace, but also my tormentor. I was terrified that if I didn't motivate myself to change my lifestyle that the disease would return or would be replaced with something much worse.
A friend of mine told me about the benefits of bone broth and linked me to Dr. Kellyann's book. I bought it immediately, made tons of broth, threw out all the processed food in my house, and began the 21 day program right after Easter. I was super strict when I didn't think I had the willpower to be - no wheat, dairy or sugar - which I knew were all horrible culprits. After the first week, I could FEEL my body reacting - pushing away the inflammation. I reclaimed my control over food demons, and reclaimed my body. I could look in the mirror and feel good about myself again.
After my first two 21 day rounds, people around me noticed, telling me I looked "healthy," asking "what have you been doing?" And the energy!
As a teacher, I could finally work on assignments and mark papers without joint pain. I could sit and do my work instead of having to stand and take tons of breaks because of swollen ankles, knees, fingers and wrists. I consigned all my clothes this past weekend, and have treated myself to new ones, in new styles that make me feel confident and yes, even a bit sexy (and at my age... 48). The best part of this journey was getting family pictures taken, looking at the proofs and seeing ME - the real me - not the swollen, sore, sad and sickly person from the past.
Thank you so much Dr. Kellyann. I'm officially 80/20 and there is NO turning back!