Welcome to The Clean Project! I’m Elle
I’m a proud Kansas Citian and even prouder wife of a US Airman!
I started blogging as a way to share my experiences with learning to eat clean and dealing with chronic illness.
As long as I can remember, I have been plagued with headaches, fatigue and sporadic stomach issues. I thought the way I felt was just normal, but in August 2007, I suddenly developed severe stomach issues. Suddenly I was visiting doctors and specialists weekly and trying medicine after medicine with no relief. This continued for the next 5 years and led to extreme frustration for me and caused me to develop anxiety. I literally rearranged every aspect of my life around my symptoms. I cancelled and avoided social engagements and basically holed up in my house doing nothing outside of work. No medicines or medical tests could offer me any relief. I continued to be anxious and depressed and eventually figured I would learn to live with it.
After many years and countless doctor and specialist visits, I was diagnosed with severe IBS and GERD.
Since I began clean eating, I have been able to stop taking the three medications I had used to help manage my symptoms. Where I used to have 5-7 bad days a week, I now maybe have 1 and those occurrences are much less severe than in the past. I still have occasional flare ups, but the difference is remarkable. I have more energy and have been able to commit to a regular workout routine, which my discomfort had previously prevented me from doing. I’m lowering my overall stress level to help manage my symptoms and overall anxiety.
The journey to a healthier life has been so rewarding and I love being able to share that with others. I have been so amazed at the results and I can only hope my struggles and successes can help someone else. I believe in balance and treating your body well in order to feel better, without a little healthy mixed in.
Thanks for stopping by!