How Real Foods Made My Plantar Fasciitis Worse

plantarThose darn real foods! Raw milk, bone broths and sprouted grains have taken a toll on my poor feet. How is this even possible, you ask? It’s been about 4 weeks since I committed to eating at least 80% real food instead of my usual of less than 50% (depending on the day and my cravings for processed treats and sweets). The first noticeable change – increased energy. I sit down to rest between tasks as I have for the past few years dealing with autoimmune issues and the side effects of the drugs that come along with them, but I don’t stay there to recover for an hour or so anymore. Within a few minutes I think of something else that needs to be done, most likely cutting grids into my settling cheese or feeding the sourdough starter, and I pop up and go do it. My poor feet aren’t used to all the standing and running around completing long-neglected tasks. They scream at me when I head up the…STAIRS! By the end of the night, they kind of hate real food. I, however, will not back down.

After just a short time eating mostly real foods and NOT eating processed foods, I have successfully replaced a couple of my pharmaceuticals with natural supplements(NP doctor approved). My joint pain is no worse, and if I think about how I felt a month ago, I’d even say it’s a little better. I am optimistic for the first time in years. My energy level is almost incomparable. My husband says he’s surprised at all of the things I’m getting done lately. I am surprised. My feet are surprised.

What have I changed? A lot.

  • I am eating a lot of raw whole milk products I make myself. Kefir, sour cream, mozzarella cheese, ice cream, whey.
  • I am eating organic local pastured meats and eggs, making broth from the bones and using it in my cooking.
  • I am eating fresh (or lacto fermented) whole organic fruits and vegetables, especially fatty ones like olives and avocados (and no – I’m not gaining weight from eating more fat, I’ve lost 5 lbs, although that’s not my main focus right now).
  • I am drinking lots of filtered water and using lots of good quality sea salt.
  • If I have sugar it is in the form of raw local honey, succanat or grade b maple syrup.
  • If I have grains, they are whole, organic and usually sprouted or soaked.
  • I am taking fermented cod liver oil (seriously!) and a couple other supplements to help me digest and heal quicker.
  • I am replacing chemical versions of my household cleaners and beauty products with natural non-toxic formulas.
  • I am expending energy in enjoyable and stress-free ways.
  • I am attempting to get more sleep.
  • I am FEEDING my body the nutrients it needs to heal instead of putting emphasis on restricting entire food groups.

I expect to progress more and more as I heal and change my lifestyle, but if the changes I’ve seen so far were the only ones to ever happen, I would still be thrilled. I’ll take sore feet over days in bed anytime. Besides, thanks to my awesome friend Catherine, and her recommendation of the book Every Woman’s Guide to Healing Foot Pain, I can work with sore feet as I keep on changing for the better.

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18 Thoughts on “How Real Foods Made My Plantar Fasciitis Worse

  1. admin on March 20, 2013 at 9:55 pm said:

    Thanks, Catherine! I watched a pretty good youtube video explaining exactly what she is saying. If I were not doing the stretches, I would probably be dying at the moment. Or at least not walking.

  2. I am so very proud of you and so inspired by what you are doing to feel better. It is strange that cutting out sugar and junk food gives one so much more energy! I am making less dramatic changes than you but still can tell the difference in my body.

  3. Thanks, Sue! Good for you for making changes, too. Even small changes can make a big impact. It’s so helpful to know other people are on the road, too. 🙂

  4. Where do you get your local meats?

    • admin on March 21, 2013 at 1:02 pm said:

      I get Redmond Heritage Farms local beef and pork at Real Foods Market in Orem. C2 farms has a store in Spanish Fork and they have various cuts of beef and bones for broth. Chicken is harder to find local. I tend to buy the Rosie Organic from Petaluma, CA. You can find that at Real Foods or Sprouts.

  5. I love this! I also have foot problems and when I started feeling better and walking more I really had to tone it down and let my feet heal more. Argh, it is frustrating. I want to walk, run, lose weight! But, I have to let the healing process continue first. I’m glad someone else understands!

  6. You go girl! This cured my plantar fascitis ( after trying EVERY thing!!) http://www.strassburgsock.org/plantar-fasciitis.html

    I have no connection to these peeps, it just works!

    • admin on March 24, 2013 at 2:24 pm said:

      Thanks! I went and bought two on amazon! Here’s hoping I can get RID of PF!
      Strassburg Sock – Regular Size (Calf Size up to 16″ Around)

      • April, LOVE your blog, so inspiring. I can so relate, my husband is into eating healthier, loosing weight, he is looking great and so happy and here i am, still overweight, sad and feeling terrible. I too deal with an auto immune issue AND now this year, PF is seriously getting me down. I have tried EVERYTHING, I have it in both feet, I hobble to bed most nights in tears. I am checking out that book, let me know if those socks help, my husband will roll his eyes if i buy something else that doesn’t work.

        • admin on March 29, 2013 at 3:24 pm said:

          I’m so sorry you deal with it, too. It really sucks. It keeps you from moving when you want to. I wore the socks last night and it was weird, but I’ll keep up with it. I’ll let you know for sure.

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  8. Awesome article! I am so happy for you!

    I also hope you do take it easy and pace yourself. When I started healing after 4 years couch- and bed-ridden, I was so eager to get things done again that I inadvertently herniated a disk in my back! Apparently, the rusty old chassis wasn’t as ready for the high octane real food fuel as my mind was!

  9. Doing the yoga pose downward facing dog is what works the best for me. It stretches everything on the back side of the leg and foot.

  10. That’s awesome that you’re seeing positive changes to your switch to real food and that you have more energy now!

    Thanks for sharing with Old-Fashioned Friday! 🙂

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