How I Increased My Energy by Tenfold


Many of you have been curious and inquiring about my recent increase of energy as mentioned in my last post. Now is as good as a time as any to explain both that increase of energy as well as announcing a book soon to be released that I have been working on all summer. And yes, my energy increase and my new book are connected.

But let me back up first. Our last year and a half has been full of both pain and new beginnings. Last year, I was pregnant with Aria and had really bad morning sickness. That knocked me out of the running for a couple of months. I was just getting out of that phase, when we found out that my husband’s mother had stage 3 colon cancer. All of our attention and emotional energy went to caring for her. Within two months, she had passed away. That left us just a few months to emotionally process before our daughter Aria Sono was born. Her birth was……exciting. She was a surprise breech and there were some tense moments as I was giving birth. We were incredibly grateful that all went well. But since I had lost a fair amount of blood during her birth, it took me a long time to recover. During my recovery time, other issues that were emotionally straining cropped up, as well as a terrible experience with fleas in our house. Then, our four year old had a suspicious mole on her foot. It took a few weeks to be able to take her to the doctor and then a few more weeks before she saw a specialist. They were stressful weeks to say the least. All ended up being completely normal and fine and we were incredibly grateful once again. And that brings me to this summer.

And why do I share all of this? These last few years have taken a real toll on my energy, emotionally, physically, the whole bit. I felt worn to the nub, tired out, but also extremely grateful for the blessings I do have in my life. I have a beautiful family to care for, love, and help. Emotionally, I felt a huge relief after a lot of stress. Physically, I was a little behind. This really isn’t surprising as I believe I have suffered from adrenal fatigue since high school, and most certainly have struggled with it since my second daughter, Elena, was born.

Almost on a whim, I thought it would be fun to put together a small ebook or booklet of recipes for the summer. My husband thought it was a great idea and with his help I started planning. But I couldn’t keep it simple (as my husband ruefully knows), and my idea soon blossomed into a full sized book of salad recipes.

What that has meant, is that I have been testing and retesting salad after salad. While we eat a fair amount of vegetables on a normal basis, we were consuming a much higher amount than normal. I was also testing many main dish salads that included a lot of high quality protein. Once again, we normally have adequate protein, but I definitely had a higher amount consistently.

While I really loved the recipes I was coming up with and enjoyed them, I wasn’t expecting any noticeable change in health. But I soon started feeling better physically-not so tired out. Then, I started not only getting a lot of extra work done on my book, but also being able to get back on track in my household chores, which had gotten behind. Then I decided that I had so much energy that I wanted to start home schooling my 4 year old this summer officially, rather than waiting until the fall. And then I decided to start planning out the fall schedule for my husband’s and my music studios. Let’s just say that my energy increase has been noticeable not only to  me, but to my family (and husband) as well! In fact, I feel better than I have for a very long time.

So the end result of all of those vegetables and meats and fruits was that I was not only writing a book with young children under my care (which makes life interesting), but I was also being able to care for them more effectively and be more on top of my chores (okay, okay, not completely always on top of them, but a definite improvement). And this was despite the fact that I still nurse my 8 month old several times during the night. Oh, and one more thing, before I was tired enough that it seemed like too much effort to invite a lot of people over. Now that I am feeling better, I am excited and willing to put the effort out to have people over pretty often.

If nothing else, I feel like writing this book has given me a new lease on life. The title of my book is called “Fresh: Nourishing Salads for all Seasons”. It has green salads, fruit salads, pasta salads, potato salads, lentils salads and more. I happen to really love the recipes in this book (and think that they are some of my very best recipes). And I want to introduce you to more about the book soon (next week!).

But today, I wanted to close with sharing why I think that these adjustments in my already healthy diet really helped me regain my physical health.

In the book The Mood Cure, by Julia Ross. She explains how deficiencies in amino acids can lead into a whole host of problems, energy just being one of many. She recommends a diet high in quality protein and lots of vegetables (with carbohydrates too, but not as the main part of the meal). The reason? The protein provides your body the building blocks it needs (all of those amino acids) and the vegetables provide you with many very needed micronutrients. While her plan consists of taking amino acids to correct certain conditions, she also mentions that her patients that ate this diet for 6 weeks would often recover without any amino acid supplementation.

I did not take any amino acids, but I did eat plenty of protein and lots of varied produce, including both vegetables and fruit. It has certainly worked for me. At first, I noticed that if I went a day or two without any my large bowls of salad, I wouldn’t feel quite as good. But now I have evened out so much, that I feel pretty good (despite getting sick last week) even on days that I don’t have the most balanced diet.

I am thrilled.

Of course, it was great eating this way too because I was having so much fun creating new and exciting meals that were simple as well as delicious. I am truly excited about the book, and I can’t wait to tell you more about it. But I am even more excited about the increase of energy I’ve had.

So there you have it. My energy increased because I decided to write a book.

KimiHarris

I love beautiful and simple food that is nourishing to the body and the soul. I wrote Fresh: Nourishing Salads for All Seasons and Ladled: Nourishing Soups for All Seasons as another outlet of sharing this love of mine. I also love sharing practical tips on how to make a real food diet work on a real life budget. Find me online elsewhere by clicking on the icons below!

Comments

  1. says

    I was just thinking today how little strings of events like the ones you described can really affect your concentration and energy for anything else. So glad you are finally feeling better and hoping that you’ll have a nice break from anything taxing. :) In the meantime, I am excited about your book!

  2. says

    I love this testimonial and it has inspired me to want a copy of your book and also to eat more veggies. I love the description, “worn to the nub”, I have spent years that way and am so thankful to know how to eat and feel good again. Beautiful pics too!

  3. says

    Thank you for sharing! I would love to have your book! :) Please let me know when it’s available! Always looking for new salad recipes! I just did a short blog on “Illness a gift?”
    Eating right plays such an important roll in how you feel. I needed some encouragement today. Thank you!
    You should share that on Junk Losers facebook page.

  4. Mary says

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I am going to start eating more protien coupled with fruits and veggies. I have felt so worn out for so long now, I am hoping this will help. Can’t wait to hear more about your upcoming cookbook! How wonderful. :-)

    Love,

    Mary

    • KimiHarris says

      Mary,

      I’ve found it a long process of regaining my energy, so it’s almost funny that I accidentally ate my way to better energy. I think it was helpful for me needing to do so many recipes in such a short time as it forced me to make sooo many vegetable dishes every week. Quantity definitely made a difference.

      • Mary says

        Hi Kimi,

        When you eat your protien, do you eat it with the fat or do you eat lean protien?

        Thanks so much. Can’t wait till your book come out!

        Love,

        Mary

  5. Amy says

    That is wonderful! I’m so happy for you! I’m wondering how the diet you ate to help restore your energy was different from what you were eating before? Protien, fat and veggies are the foundation of a nourishing diet… Was it simply a quanity increase? Or was it the fresh salads as opposed to cooked food? I just don’t fully understand what changed in your diet that helped you so much, and I would really like to understand!

    Btw- I LOVE your blog. It was the first nourishing foods blog I discovered years ago and I’ve been a devoted reader ever since. Your recipes are my favorite – they always turn out well and are simple to prepare. Thank you so much!! Your blog has made an incredible contribution to my life!

    • KimiHarris says

      Hi Amy,

      First, thank you for your kind words. :-) Your question is a good one! I realized when I writing the post, that it was kind of hard to explain both how much better I feel now and what changes I made. Here is a short list of what I know was different. I am not sure if ALL of the following were factors, but this is what was different. 1. Quantity for sure. I was eating large salads for two meals a day on many days. Really big bowls. Before green salads weren’t on the menu everyday, and can be more of a side dish. 2. Lots of protein. We generally eat protein, but I was getting in lots of high quality beef and chicken (as well as legumes). So, just more. 3. Fruit. We don’t eat a lot of fruit on an everyday basis. Elena and I both had to deal with yeast issues from taking antibiotics for a month, and they can be hard to fit in our budget when buying organic. But I have been enjoying more fruit lately. 4. Variety. I have been enjoying a lot of variety in both vegetables and fruit as well. I have certainly been eating plenty of carbohydrates, but they were definitely on the side for many meals.

      Hope that helps a little!

  6. says

    Congratulations on writing your book. That is no easy task with two little ones! Recently I have been eating 80% raw salads and fruits and do understand how it increases energy!
    Great post and very inspiring.

  7. says

    Years ago, reading “The Overload Syndrome” helped me to recognized it was more than the scribbles on my Dayplanner that required my energy–the emotional weight I was carrying was just as taxing. If we carry a 50lb weight around for awhile, our physical limits are easy to recognize; if we carry the equivalent weight emotionally (grief, disappointment, broken relationships, stress, etc.) there are no obvious constraints until we “hit the wall” so to speak. No wonder you were “worn to the nub”.

    Glad your energy has returned and are seeing the fruit of your hard work with a book–Congratulations! I enjoy your blog and look forward to seeing more from you.

    • KimiHarris says

      Rachel,

      Because I was eating so many green salads, I would say it was 80 percent raw? Some of the vegetable salads are cooked, but they are in the minority.

  8. says

    What a beautiful post! Its fun reading more about your life. So great that you have more energy now and that you found it by writing a book. Can’t wait to hear more about your new book, Kimi!

  9. says

    I’ve been working on so of these same issues for myself. I have a VERY difficult recovery after our twins were born, which included a nasty infection. And in trying to get back up to par, dealt with postpartum depression. And started to realize how much the foods I ate (especially sugar) played a role in my health. A lot of your insight has been helpful to me in these areas. I look forward to seeing your cooking ideas! By the way, I had mastitis about 20 times while breastfeeding the twins, and I found that collodial silver, taken orally a couple of times through the day would keep it from going to a full blown infection. I’m sure since you’ve had it a lot you know plenty of ways of dealing with it, but I just thought I would mention it.

  10. debbie says

    Thank you for posting this, Kimi. It is very interesting.
    After learning that I was pregnant with baby #3 at the end of April, I found that I felt better when I was eating primarily proteins and salads. Despite being in my first trimester, I never felt sick, and I had so much energy. I was able to do things I hadn’t done since before I became pregnant with our second child in early 2009. At the end of May, I took my family off all grains, heavy starches & dairy, as I tried to help my husband who has severe asthma. It was a feeble attempt at the GAPS diet. It was a hard job to keep my 6ft 2in husband satisfied, but I think we were all doing better physically.
    In the middle of June, at a routine 12-week OB appointment, we learned that there might be a problem with our baby. And after a finger-prick blood test and an ultrasound appointment one week later, we learned our baby likely had Trisomy-18. At the beginning of July, I had a miscarriage. Friends jumped in to provide meals for two weeks. We have been blessed by their kindness and generosity. It has helped us so much during this emotional time.
    But I have noticed a distinct lack of energy and also weight gain in the past two weeks. I thought it was because of the miscarriage. But after reading this post, I wonder if it’s at least partly related to the brown rice pasta, corn and mashed potatoes we’ve been eating (and enjoying!).
    I am eager to buy your new book and to try the recipes. My husband would be very happy for me to have another burst of energy like I experienced in May & June – not to mention increased energy of his own.

    • KimiHarris says

      Debbie,

      I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your child. A friend has a similar situation, though the baby was a bit older. We lost our first baby when she was almost two months old, and it’s one of those life circumstances that breaks your heart in a way that always leaves cracks. Those cracks heal over, but they are still there. I also find that grieving is an emotional drain. *HUGS*

  11. says

    Your experience confirms what raw foodists have been saying all along: tremendous energy! But I don’t think you have to be a hardcore raw vegan to gain these benefits. Eating high-raw (80% +) omnivorous with high quality, clean protein obviously works very well too. Can’t wait for the book!

  12. Jenn says

    Congratulations on the new book and new burst of energy! Julia Ross’s work is such an inspiration to me (though the amino acid supplements she suggests do have some caveats attached). Her earlier book The Diet Cure is also excellent.

  13. Evelyn says

    I look forward to your book. We eat at least one salad a day but we need more variety and more protein. Thanks for your blog – enjoy reading it.

  14. Bethany says

    Better health and a book of salads!!! The Lord has blessed you and you have used some of that new energy to bless your readers with a book! Thank you! I’ve been on a salad kick for two months now and I cannot believe the way its transformed the life of my family. Our only difficulty is in finding a good mix of recipes so we’re not eating the same salad day-after-day. Thus, I cannot wait to read your book!!!

  15. Nichole says

    Excited about the book! This may be an obvious question, but do your salad recipes include “Nourishing Traditions” type ingredients as well? (coconut oil, grass-fed butters, lacto-fermented foods, etc.) Just curious? :) Thanks!
    n

  16. Susan says

    I’m so glad to read your post today!! I was delighted to hear how much energy you gained just from eating healthier, especially the green salads and fruits & veggies. I’ve been feeling super drained lately as well. My husband is in the military and is away for several months at least once or twice a year. With 3 & 4 year old toddlers, plus a 60 lb puppy that’s still in need of more training, I’ve been having a hard time keeping up with everything.

    I had started dabbling in homeschooling a few months ago before my husband left, but I’m not nearly as organized and consistent with it now as I was before he left. My cooking has suffered greatly, mostly because my children want my attention much more than when their Papa is home. Because I haven’t been preparing food the way I do when he is home, I’ve noticed a huge decrease in my energy over the past few months. I get tired so much more easily, and I end up taking naps every day with my children. That certainly helps, but it cuts out time that I could use to start preparing dinner.

    I’m really looking forward to your new book and all the yummy recipes you have to share. My husband is due home soon, so I’m excited about getting back to “normal”, if there is such a thing. :D Thanks again for sharing how the Lord has blessed you physically as well as emotionally as He has guided you in writing your new book. I hope many others will be as equally blessed through your book as you have been. :)

    • Jessica says

      I just wanted to say that in reading your story Susan I thought I was reading mine. :) My military husband is away too and I also have toddlers 2 and 4 and am about 9 mnths pregnant with the third. (no dogs…fish just died, but I do have a huge garden I try to maintain) and I am trying to homeschool the oldest and as you haven’t been extremely consistent and napping with the kids. Hang in there! We can do it!! ;)

      • Susan says

        Thank you so much for the encouragement, Jessica!! It’s always great to hear we’re not in this alone. :) I’ll be praying for God to give you extra strength & energy while your husband is away, too. That is truly the only reason I’m able to do this so often. Thanks again! :D

  17. Kelsey says

    mmm… You have me craving a big salad now. So excited to get your new book when it comes out! I know what you mean – when I make an effort to eat lots and lots of fresh veggies and good protein, it makes a big difference in how I feel. Thanks for the reminder!

  18. Brooke says

    Thank you for sharing! I cannot wait to check out your new book when you’re done. I really need to incorparate more vegies into my diet but it’s hard to get create of think of something new. Hoping your book will inspire me :)

  19. says

    First, let me say that I am SOOOOOOO excited about your book! I cannot wait to get my hands on it when it’s published! :)

    Second, I am so glad that you are recovering and gaining more energy again. The last two months have been really stressful on my end and needless to say, my food choices have been less than stellar and I can really tell a difference in how I feel – run down, fatigued, moody, etc. Things are starting to even out a little so I can once again focus more time and effort on myself, rather than everyone else!

    Thanks for the continued inspiration!

  20. kitblue says

    Right time, right person! You prompted me to evaluate my meals. No quality protein most of the time! Woo … no wonder I have no energy. I have been vegetarian for 35 years and had become complacent, not evaluating my amino acid intake. Probably like you, my ill effects came on so gradually that I missed the cause.
    Okay. Whole grains, beans and nuts/seeds are in my future. I have all the ingredients, just haven’t been using them.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you.
    Blessings.

  21. Kelly says

    I have also read The Mood Cure and it helped me a great deal also. I read it on recommendation while I was finishing my externship for my nutrition degree. I really feel it is a missing link for many (especially those dealing with depression). I highly recommend it also! I also have noticed a huge increase in my energy and have found that the more I eliminated grains, the more energy I had. I had to come to terms with the fact that, even though I strongly support the Weston A Price foundation, I knew personally for me that grains (whether soaked, sprouted, properly prepared) were not beneficial to me on a daily basis in more ways than one. I follow more of a “Paleo” way of eating now wtih the focus on veggies/fruits/protein and plenty of healthy fat. I look forward to seeing your book and am so happy you are feeling better!

  22. Valerie Josephson says

    Such happy news. As a mom of three little girls, one of them still up at night nursing I’m always feeling like I don’t have enough energy to get everything done in a day. If eating salads is my cure sign me up! can’t wait to see the cookbook!

  23. says

    What I couldn’t do with more energy, or maybe I should say could! I’ve been wondering recently if I’ve been suffering from adrenal fatigue or if I’m just worn down from not getting enough sleep since my first was born 5 years ago. We’re on #3 now and he’s still up multiple times a night. Anyway, I’m excited to see this cookbook!

  24. Hanni Go says

    I’m so excited for your book. I’m currently dealing with a persistant case of thrush for me and my 8 month old daughter. You mentioned dealing with yeast issues with your Elena and I was just curious if you have any suggestions for helping to get rid of it? Any help would be greatly appreciated as I’m getting discouraged this will ever go away.

  25. Hanni Go says

    I’m so excited for your book. I’m currently dealing with a persistant case of thrush for me and my 8 month old daughter. You mentioned dealing with yeast issues with Elena and I was just curious if you have any suggestions for helping to get rid of it? Any help would be greatly appreciated as I’m getting discouraged this will ever go away.

  26. Hanni Go says

    I’m so excited for your book. I’m currently dealing with a persistant case of thrush for me and my 8 month old daughter. You mentioned dealing with yeast issues with Elena and I was just curious if you have any suggestions for helping to get rid of it? Any help would be greatly appreciated as I’m getting discouraged this will ever go away. I’ve looked into candida diets but I’m concerned about detoxing too much since I’m still nursing.

  27. connie says

    hi kimi……such great news about your renewed energy and book! you are going to help and inspire so many people through it. and that’s why God had you go through what you did – to learn from for yourself and then pass on to others. God certainly knows what He is doing in your life! thanks so much for sharing with all of us.
    connie

  28. Kristy Gledhill says

    Kimi
    This is such a great testimonial and I can’t wait to see the book. I have to tell you that I too, based on some advice from my naturopath, my recent certification as a nutritional therapist and access to a great farm co-op through which I can get access to REALLY great greens all the time, I stepped up eating green leafies about 10-fold from where I was previously (and I always have eaten a lot of salads). I found what you did: I felt better, had more energy, my endometrial problems improved measurably, and I lost some bad weight. I am a missionary for vegetables in large quantities and also for good quality protein (which I always struggle, for some reason, to get enough of). Anyway, thank you. Can’t wait to see the book. :)
    Kristy

  29. says

    Recently my dad lost his battle with lung cancer. Although it all happened really quickly (he was diagnosed at the end of Feb and passed away May 22) it still took a huge toll on our family. I’ve never experienced loss like this before, I was and am very much a daddy’s girl.
    I find myself moody, tired, and extremely emotional….it seems to come in waves. I’ve upped some of my vitamins hoping it will help with the fatigue and depression….it has a little.
    I know it’s going to take time to heal our broken hearts. I just want to feel like I have a little energy so I can take care of my kids and function in my daily routine.
    Thanks for sharing your struggles, it makes those of us going through it feel a little more normal.
    God Bless you.

  30. says

    Hi, Kimi! Stumbled upon your blog from Miss Elaini Ous’, and I must say, I can relate to your health experiences and troubles with eating sugar. Last year the Lord blessed me with a particularly bad case of mononucleosis, which I shared with my roommate and her fiance. Since then, I have not been able to eat sugar, drink caffeinated beverages, and sometimes have difficulty with gluten/wheat products also. I also found that by increasing the amounts of raw vegetables in my diet, I was able to increase my energy. Maybe not tenfold, but certainly by a lot!

    P.S. Amazingly appetizing pictures!!

  31. says

    I can truly relate to your experience. About 4 years ago, I dropped everything to move 1/2 way across country to take care of my parents, both of who were sick. My mom was later diagnosed with Graves Disease, and my Dad with Stage 3-4 colon cancer. I took my kids with me and we moved in for a semester. It was a stressful period for me and I know that even though I cooked nourishing food for everyone, I did not always eat properly. My body rebelled on my while there and more so upon my return home. It took 2 years to be diagnosed with Psoriactic Arthritis. The symptoms come and go but I have been able to subdue it for the most part with nutrition. So glad that you are feeling better

  32. says

    I am wondering if I have adrenal fatigue. I’ve never been diagnosed, but since high school, I’ve felt super run down. I once upped my vitamin B and that helped somewhat, at least when I was much younger. Come to think of it, I’ve always felt run down. This last year has been pretty horrid for me not only physically but emotionally too. I have two special needs kids, I found my Mom dead in her apartment, and life in general is just hard. That was after dealing with my brothers suicide at 17 and my dads cancer and death at age 11. Life has never been a cake walk for me. I also homeschool 3 kids. I don’t always do it because I love it. I do it because I feel its best for my kids. They would struggle (and have struggled) in public school. and even when I’m at my worst, somehow I feel its still better than the alternative. I have been to a therapist and she told me I had dysthymia, basically I’m melancholy all the time. I don’t have highs or lows. I’m just indifferent and its true. I don’t ever feel super excited about anything. Your post makes me feel like I should eat better. I hate vegetables, but I should slowly start adding them back in. Do you think one should take a supplement if they have low energy?

  33. says

    I tried to post a comment so hopefully you just have moderation on. Otherwise, I’m sorry for posting this twice:

    I am wondering if I have adrenal fatigue. I’ve never been diagnosed, but since high school, I’ve felt super run down. I once upped my vitamin B and that helped somewhat, at least when I was much younger. Come to think of it, I’ve always felt run down. This last year has been pretty horrid for me not only physically but emotionally too. I have two special needs kids, I found my Mom dead in her apartment, and life in general is just hard. That was after dealing with my brothers suicide at 17 and my dads cancer and death at age 11. Life has never been a cake walk for me. I also homeschool 3 kids. I don’t always do it because I love it. I do it because I feel its best for my kids. They would struggle (and have struggled) in public school. and even when I’m at my worst, somehow I feel its still better than the alternative. I have been to a therapist and she told me I had dysthymia, basically I’m melancholy all the time. I don’t have highs or lows. I’m just indifferent and its true. I don’t ever feel super excited about anything. Your post makes me feel like I should eat better. I hate vegetables, but I should slowly start adding them back in. Do you think one should take a supplement if they have low energy?

    • KimiHarris says

      Michelle,

      It does sound like you have gone through a whole lot. I am so sorry. I would recommend The Mood Cure, by Julia Ross. (Your library might have it). It would address both how to eat and what supplements to take. I also think that finding emotional healing so important. I personally found that through my faith and hope in Jesus Christ. (I, of course, would love to talk to anyone about that journey personally. Just email me on the contact form). I know that some doctors use different emotionally healing techniques too, though I am not very knowledgeable about them.

      I hope that you are able to find what you need to start feeling better!

  34. Katie says

    This article is such a testimony of how God provides for us! After dealing with a few months of severe depression, I am feeling on the upswing again mentally. My body has yet to pick up the pace. I was just thinking the other day, ‘I bet if I got some really good recipes with lots of fresh produce and good proteins, my body would start to feel better’. I look forward to your book next week! I love your recipes, and I can’t wait to try these new ones out as well. Thank you for being obedient to the Lord’s prompting to write! By looking over some of the other comments, I can tell that people NEEDED to receive this!

  35. Amy Best says

    Wow, Kimi, SO glad to hear of your surge in energy! That must be so wonderful, after struggling with energy for so long. Can’t wait for your book…!! Much love.

  36. Lucy says

    I will definitely be buying the book! Similar situation to lots of people here, with lots of emotional stressors and a newborn and etc. I’m trying to do more or less that diet, but I get in a rut, so a recipe book is exactly what I need.

  37. says

    Hi Kim, So glad I ran across your website today as I searched for gluten free, wheat, dairy, and yeast free ideas. I was just diagnosed with these intolerences after feeling so miserable for the last couple years, so bad that I felt like I had aged 30 years in the last 6 months and was thinking I’d like to get to heaven sooner than later! I started seeing a nutristionist who diagnosed me and am starting to feel better in just 2 weeks but I realize now that I don’t eat nearly enough fruit and veggies and protein. Though I have bought mostly organic for the past 5 years or so I run out as I have to travel to buy it! I can’t wait to buy your cookbook!
    Thank you and good luck!

  38. Andrea says

    Hi Kimi,
    I’m so glad that you got some energy back! I’m excited about your new book too. After reading this post, I couldn’t help but ask, have you ever been tested for or considered that you might have celiac disease or gluten intolerance? Since you feel so much better off of grains, I just wondered if you thought about it.

    • KimiHarris says

      Andrea,

      I’ve wondered in the past (and really almost hoped that it WAS my issue, so that I could be cured through taking gluten out of my diet). Whenever I’ve gone off of gluten (strictly for about 8 weeks a few years ago, and more recently for several months), it’s never made much of a difference and I didn’t ever seem to have a reaction to it from adding it back in.

      I realize that this wasn’t clear in my post, but I actually wasn’t grain free (which I’ve also done for a month). I was eating mostly gluten free grains during this time. :-)

  39. Ami Self says

    I sat down to eat chocolate pancakes for dinner…4 hours past normal more balanced dinner time, and to make my menu for the next two weeks.

    With this post, you have completely encouraged me to try again and make a beautiful menu and nourish my body…and my family.

    Thank you. (No more chocolate pancakes for dinner anytime soon!)

  40. says

    Hi, Kimi!
    Glad you have your energy back. I too, found that I needed more protein in my diet in addition to many raw fruits and vegetables. I’m a protein type and am more satisfied with some extra quality protein.

    Nurturing Wisdom has been dormant for over a year to make time for family concerns and my artwork, but I’m back with some new recipes.

    I’ll be looking forward to your book.

  41. Karen says

    Hi Kimi,

    A friend directed me to your website for your delicious sourdough cake recipe! I stumbled upon this post and, as I read it, I felt like you were describing me! As long as I can remember I’ve also struggled big-time with chronic fatigue. Since switching to a Weston Price diet, I haven’t suffered more than a cold…but the fatigue continues. Thank you so much for sharing your experience! I have a question that I’m hoping to get your thoughts on- fresh salads are wonderful in the summertime, but what about in the winter? Sure, we can get fresh veggies in the winter because of the global world we live in, but our ancestors wouldn’t have had the same luxuries. Is this where fermented veggies come in? Just wondering your thoughts…

  42. Nicole W says

    Hi
    I know this is an old post but I pray you will get this message and respond. Our nutritionist has recommended a similar meal plan for my husband to improve his health. Could you please be more specific as to what you ate during the day? What did you snack on? Did you consume any carbs? If so, what and in what amounts?

  43. Kim (Case) Patterson says

    I know exactly what you mean. After two pregnancies with gestational diabeties each time and discovering a milk allergy I didn’t realize I had, I’ve had to severly adjust my diet. Out went milk, cheese, ice cream, sweet breads, most breads, and any bread made with milk. Which leaves fruits, vegetables, protein, fats, and very few carbs. I’m feeling more energetic too. I’m always looking at new recipes though and look forward to your book as well.

  44. Gina says

    Thanks for sharing this! The salads look yummy and you have some great advice. I want to suggest getting your hands on NADH supplements. It’s a natural co-enzyme that boosts energy and brain performance by producing ATP and triggering the production of serotonin. Co-E1 sells this supplement and it has been very helpful with my Chronic Fatigue. I also try to eat clean and exercise regularly to improve my energy levels.

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