Lexy Brown

Lubbock, Texas

Hey guys! My name is Lexy Brown and I am a senior at Texas Tech University. I am extremely passionate about nutrition, health, exercise, cooking and loving my dog. So to bring you guys up to speed about why I am giving easy healthy recipes is because I am almost allergic to everything. I was diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis when I was two years old and like most autoimmune disease, it has caused a lot of other problems in my life. When I was a sophomore in college I became very ill. I kept losing weight, getting sick every day, never felt well, and always seemed to have either a cold, bronchitis or a tummy ache. My health was completely out of control. I went to a doctor and he put me on a ton of medication and did an endoscopy. The medication I was put on had terrible side effects and my roommates told me they were worried I was turning into a zombie. I would sleep all day and still never felt like myself. The long term side effects of this medication was possible epilepsy and permanent nerve damage. I was becoming very discouraged because the pills weren’t helping and my doctor always seemed annoyed by my presence. He was just throwing pills at me hoping I would go away. I switched my major to nutrition at the spring semester of my sophomore year and my life changed. Learning about how important nutrition is and how many illnesses can be fixed through food blew my mind. I went looking for a holistic doctor for help. She was immediately alarmed when I told her about my JIA (Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis) and ordered a blood test. She told me it is common for people with immune disorders to also have food allergies. So I went and did my $35 blood test and the results were shocking. I had a food intolerance to almonds, amaranth, bananas, lima beans, blackberries, Swiss cheese, cheddar cheese, cottage cheese, grapefruit, black pepper, poppy seed, sweet potatoes, rye, walnuts, wheat, rye, yeast, yogurt, whey, oats, and peanuts. I had an actual allergy to apples, wheat, peanuts, soybeans, oats and rice. When she sent me the results I just started laughing. No wonder I always felt so terrible. I was eating an apple a day thinking it would keep the doctor away. The doctor said in all her years in practice, that she had only ever had one other person have a reaction to rice. I immediately started my new diet and it was extremely difficult. I met with a dietician and she even had a hard time trying to figure out what I could eat. Normally when you

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