Answers to some commonly asked questions
Q: I've been recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. What should I do to control my RA without meds like you do?
A: This is the most common question I receive. If you are interested in creating a program for yourself using the same methods I have used to heal from RA, check out my Put Out the Fire! Diet & Wellness Guide ebook, and The RA DIET Cookbook. And be sure to sign up to get notice when I launch my online program, The RA Recovery Plan. If you're looking for one-on-one wellness support, check out my Culinary Wellness Programs, in these private programs (available nationwide) I can work directly with you to set and achieve your goals.
Q: Are you vegan?
A: I am 100% in favor of the moral and ethical tenets of veganism and apply them to my daily life in many ways- vegan meals, vegan shoes and handbags, support of animal right issues and groups. I'm the girl who welcomes (and talks to, don't judge me) the little spiders that hang out in the corners of my sunroom and who gently carries moths and beetles outside in a kleenex when they find their way inside.
My diet is not 100% vegan. Bear with me a second, I'm not trying to have my cake and eat it too, I promise. I have been fully vegan in the past and hope to do so again in the future. Right now I'm not able to do it.
There are many foods I can't eat because of my RA diet, and many others that I have to rotate or periodically abstain from due to other health issues. This makes it tricky to consume all the nutrients I need to be healthy and keep my body strong enough to keep RA at bay, it's a careful balancing act. Most days I am fully vegan, but some days I eat eggs, goat's or sheep's milk cheese, bee pollen or raw honey, and very rarely I eat wild salmon.
I never, ever, EVER eat beef, pork or cow's milk. The eggs I eat are from my own backyard chickens who are doted on and adored like out other pets.
Aside from the moral issue... A lot of folks ask if they should go vegan for health reasons and here's my simple answer. Beef and pork are highly inflammatory and I don't recommend anyone eating them on a regular basis, and if you have autoimmunity I suggest you forgo them altogether (no, I don't believe a paleo diet is the answer for most people with RA or other autoimmune illnesses. I believe we're going to see some significant fall-out from paleo in the coming years). Chicken and eggs contain high quality protein, and bee pollen and raw honey are absolute miracles of nature nutritionally speaking. Try going vegan and listen to your body to see if it works for you. If you are an A blood type you will likely feel much better without animal products in your diet.
Q: I'd love to do your wellness program but I don't live in your area. Can you still work with me?
A: Absolutely! My one-on-one Comprehensive Culinary Wellness Programs are available nationwide.
Q: Do you still take orders for gluten-free custom cakes?
A: I don't. My bakery is closed now, so it's just not possible. My best gluten-free (and vegan) cake recipes, along with some simple but awesome decorating techniques, are compiled in my new cookbook, so if you're game for a DIY baking challenge you might check it out and give it a whirl yourself. If you have the cake decorating bug and are up for an even bigger challenge, check out my Cake-osaurus Rex cake sculpting class at Craftsy.com. Cake-osuarus Rex will teach you all about structures and sculpting and will walk you step by step through creating a 3-dimensional T-Rex cake. The techniques can be applied to any seated or standing sculpted animal or character cake.
Q: How old are you?
As of this most recent edit (2017) I am 48. It feels weird to even write that. I don't feel my age. I feel better, physically and emotionally, than I did even in my 20's. Diet & lifestyle are key. Take care of your body, mind and spirit, and you'll feel vibrant at any age.
Q: Do you take any medications for your Rheumatoid Arthritis?
I do not. When I first became ill, I took prednisone and pain killers just to be able to manage my life and business for several months until I could make changes in my life to be able to take better care of myself. I was working 80 hours a week in my bakery and I had to just get things done. Prednisone. It was magic, but BOY DID IT MESS ME UP LATER ON! I got off it as soon as I was able to cut my work load. And then I started my experiment with diet and lifestyle to recover. I was prescribed Plaquenil by my rheum but I never filled the script and never took the pills. I was so not about that life and decided to find another way. The RA Recovery Plan is my recovery and maintenance.
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