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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Diet - deadline is 8-9-12 9:59 am NY time. (08/02/12)

TITLE: White Stuff
By Patsy Hallum


“You can't eat anything white.” My Chiropractor explained my options. “ You need to carry this list of white stuff with you and don't eat anything on it.”

“But Doc, this says 'taters and beans, even pinto beans are forbidden. That is three-quarters of my diet. I've eaten them all my life. How do I live without them?” I could feel the blood draining out of my face, my limbs began to shake. No more 'taters and beans.

I began to look further on the list. I don't see eggs on here. Eggs are white. “Doc, why aren't eggs on this list? They're white.”

“They are made up of different things, no wheat, gluten, or carbohydrates. You see, with your condition, fibromyalgia, these are the triggers for the pain. When you don't eat them, the pain is less. That's as plain as I can make it in layman's terms.” Dr. Lay gave me a hug and handed me the number. “I'll be available for anything you don't understand, just call this number.” He gave me a thumbs up.

My heart pounded to fast as I left. He told me how to make my life pain-free. Can I do it? Can I change the habits of a lifetime, my entire way of cooking? I'm tired of being in pain, not sleeping well, tired all the time.

“Body, you and I are going to change some things.” I realized I spoken out
loud when a passerby responded.

“More power to you!” She said raising her hand for a high-five.

I raised my hand to meet hers, my heart feeling lighter now. My mind though, was still trying to wrap itself around a complete diet change.

As soon as I got home, I started packing up all the white stuff. Wait! You have a family to cook for. I sank to my knees.

“God, you have to help me do this. How can I cook for the family but make myself a separate meal? Father God, it will take every bit of willpower you can send me. I need your constant strength. Thank You.”

I'd suffered from pain, swelling, weakness, and lethargy since age eleven. My folks had taken me to several doctors, trying to get some relief for me. No one had the answer. I was soon branded a hypochondriac. In 1980, my family doctor remembered reading a paper on my symptoms and sent me to another office. The doctor there, after asking me some questions, poked and prodded my joints sending waves of pain down my limbs. The more he poked, the louder I cried.

Finally, he said “I have good news and bad. The good news is, I know what you have, fibromyalgia, the bad news, there's not a thing we can do about it.” I cried for weeks. What good did it do me to know what had bothered me all these years, if there was nothing to make it better?

Years passed in pain before I found Dr. Lay and his daunting list.

Now I knew what would help. I put the white stuff back in the cupboard, and made a list of all the non-white stuff I had, then made a list of what I needed to buy.

Potatoes are my weakness. There is no substitute for them. I ate celery for a toast substitute, black-eyed and purple-hull peas instead of beans. Water, not milk. Greens of all kinds. Imagine, horrible pain gone with just a change of diet. So, for two years I was virtually pain free. The difference amazed me. I had energy to make it through the day!

I started adding one helping of potatoes or pasta per day. Gradually, I could eat more “white stuff”.

As my walk with God improved, I took hold of my healing. Now, fibromyalgia, diabetes, and multiple sclerosis gone. I can eat all things in moderation. I believe that if we all lived by this recipe the world would change for the better.
More of God in your life everyday.
Read the Word of God each day,
Love your neighbor always,
Toss until well blended,
Add common sense about what you eat. Take every day. Then put a smile on your face and share the word of God with all you meet. You will find that God is a good provider. Our Jehovah-Jirha will see to it.

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Barbara Lynn Culler08/09/12
Wow-great testimony! I like the High-five incident. :)
C D Swanson 08/09/12
Wonderful and touching journey. I loved it, and can identify with it as I was diagnosed with fibro over 22 years ago. I am so thrilled for you being pain-free! God is amazing and so good.

Thanks for sharing this testimony and may God continue to guide you on your pain free journey now and always.

God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/11/12
This is a powerful story. You grab the reader right away as the character shows her dismay of the new diet. Many people at FW have chronic illnesses and you offer a beautiful ray of hope.
Laura Manley08/12/12
What an uplifting story and if there is truth to the change in diet, I must tell my sister who has Fibromyalgia and suffers on a daily basis. She is absolutely open to the natural way to health and healing. I found you story very intriguing while being presented in such a way as to cause me to think of what I might be eating to cause certain health issues in my own life. Wonderful entry!
Brenda Rice 08/12/12
I have fibromyalgia, but have never been told about these diet restricts. I will try this right away. Enjoyed your testimony. Thanks.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/17/12
Congratulations for ranking 7th in your level! Happy Dance!! This level has been super competitive lately so you really did an outstanding job!