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Loving ourselves with proper foods.

It all started with a diagnosis of Endometriosis.  As a young woman, I always experienced crazy cramps and pains that often lead me wanting to be whisked away in an ambulance. Yes, that’s how bad and painful it had gotten.

After a few visits to the doctor’s office I was later diagnosed with endometriosis.  Two surgeries later, I was convinced that I would never be able to carry a child.  Fear and worry overcame me and when in these situations, I always look to God and my right hand man, my husband.  

My husband, Cory Hardrict, lives an extremely holistic lifestyle.  Throughout  the years, he tried to influence his eating habits on me but I would kindly decline. Until NOW.  Cory informed me that God wants us to treat our bodies as a temple.  We go to church to feed the mind and spirit but many often  ignore feeding the body (that was me).

Ohhh those trips to Burger King and McDonalds.

To make things clearer, Cory believed endometriosis was a result of my diet and unhealthy eating habits. After some thought, he along with a friend, Brittany Daniel (The Game) introduced me to a diet called the Body Ecology Diet – known as BED.  This is a diet that believes that many factors such as antibiotics, stress, hormones and fast foods weaken our immunity which can, in return, cause serious diseases such as endometriosis, just to name a few.

This is not a diet that focuses on losing weight.  It is a lifestyle change that helps rebuild one’s immunity, which will in return restore your health. It is a diet that focuses on loving yourself with proper and healthy foods (veggies and protein).

After one month of being on the diet, I began to feel new and alive! Like a kid again! In addition, the most positive reward was my husband and I became pregnant. I immediately called my doctor and she informed me that getting pregnant could have been due to my healthy eating. 

I believe in miracles and I believe that God will show you signs if we all just listen no matter how new it sounds.  He showed me that His word is true and just.  We are to treat our bodies like a temple. What we eat can in fact help cure any ailments we have.

We may not all have to follow BED, but if we focus on loving ourselves with the food we eat, not only will our spirits and minds be filled with joy, but also our temples.  This is what God wants from us and He will meet us half way.

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  • Sheila

    Thank you Tia!! This is so inspiring. I’m a college student and lately I’m finding my body is getting SICK of fast food. This diet sounds like something I need!! Thank you <3

  • Tiffany

    Wow! That is really inspiring! I too get weird cramps but I don’t know if its poor diet. I will definitely start eating healtheir from now on. Thanks Tia!!

  • Tara

    Thank you so much for sharing this story, I can truly relate to it! I haven’t been diagnosed with endometriosis but I know very well of the cramps that make you think you’re dying or giving birth to an alien. I was convinced that I had endometriosis for years but doctors have said I’m just one of the unlucky women who get the wrath of Eve’s sin at its worst. I still in my heart feel like something is wrong, as my husband I have yet to conceive after many years together. Over the last few months I have felt a tugging in my spirit from the Lord about living a healthier lifestyle and this article has truly inspired me to spring into action! I’m going to look into BED and finally sign up for those yoga classes I’ve been putting off for the last few weeks. Thanks again for the article and God bless you, hubby, and the little one in the oven!

  • http://twitter.com/taliamarie92 Talia

    That’s amazing! Congratulations and best wishes!

  • http://tbphotographyanddesign.com toni

    thanks for sharing your story with me! God bless you both and congratulations!

  • C

    THANK YOU! Words can’t express how I needed this article. Today is the day :) Congrats to you and your family.

  • Shamia

    Very inspiring article! How hard was it to adapt to the new foods?

  • Shari

    Tia,

    This is a truly inspiring story, my sister was diagnosed with endometriosis last year and she went through one surgery and only to find out that it started back up again, now she is 4 months pregnant with her first child at the age of 28. When I found out I cried because it is disheartening to any woman who dreams of having a child, to be diagnosed with this and to always have it in the back of their mind, I may not be able to conceive a child. I am happy for you and my sister, knowing God is more than able and he will prove to us his power no matter what a doctor may diagnose us with! You will be a great mom!

  • http://twitter.com/MZ__ASHLEY Ashley

    I will have to try this because I’m only 18 years old and I’ve been diagnosed with hypoglycemia, a thyroid problem, & high cholesterol. The thing is, I’m not over weight or anything like that. I was a cheerleader so i was fit until the freshman 15 started to creep up on me. I guess it is just my eating habits. But I will definitely try this, because I want to get healthy.

  • http://www.twitter.com/yalondad Yalonda

    I may have to try it!

  • Malika H.

    Wow, my friend was also diagnosed with endometriosis, I’ll have to tell her about the BED diet. Congrats again.

  • M. Chery

    Girl you have nooooo idea how much this article speaks to me!!! I suffer from PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) and my doctor has insisted on putting me on Birth Control pills to help balance my hormones but I’ve been weary of the pill. Anyhow, I did a little research and read that it was probably my eating habits that did this to me. I didn’t eat much fast food to begin with but people don’t realize that most of the meat we eat are from animals treated with antibiotics, hormones etc. All that extra stuff going into your body is no bueno!!! I changed my diet about 3 weeks ago, more fruits & veggies, almost wheat everything, I cut back on the white flour significantly, no red meat, more water etc and I can honestly say that I feel more energized. Congratulations to you and your husband, May the Lord continue to bless and keep you girl. You have definitely given me some extra hope in the conceiving a baby department (although I’m not ready for one yet LOL), I’m an optimist so I’ve always had hope :0) Thank You!!!

  • M. Chery

    Oh yeah one more thing, most importantly with my new eating habits besides feeling more energized, the bleeding that I was experiencing has stopped. Now all I have to do is keep this diet up and check back with my doctor in 6 months, I’m hoping that it makes a big difference!

  • Reanna Potter

    I love this Tia. I love that your husband is being a husband. Very respectful compared to some of these men these days. I’m inspired to adopt a new lifestyle through my eating habits now. Thanks for sharing and I congratulate you and Cory on you’ll future journeys.

    • KH

      That is awesome indeed. My wife heard this same thing from her Doctor. I refuse to believe his methods are right for us. I am fighting non-stop for my wife and I to one day have what we want (a Daughter). I know it often seems like I am harsh but I want the best for us even if I have to argue about it. I believe our food and eating habits from college have turned us in a wrong direction. I hope that in the near future we can make a turn for the better. We look forward to being parents late this year or early next. My wife is only 28 years old. These conditions stem from something and the common person needs to adopt other methods to get to the bottom of it. Your Husband is a good man Tia… I am glad you finally saw the light he was trying to expose you too.

    • KH

      That is awesome indeed. My wife heard this same thing from her Doctor. I refuse to believe his methods are right for us. I am fighting non-stop for my wife and I to one day have what we want (a Daughter). I know it often seems like I am harsh but I want the best for us even if I have to argue about it. I believe our food and eating habits from college have turned us in a wrong direction. I hope that in the near future we can make a turn for the better. We look forward to being parents late this year or early next. My wife is only 28 years old. These conditions stem from something and the common person needs to adopt other methods to get to the bottom of it. Your Husband is a good man Tia… I am glad you finally saw the light he was trying to expose you too. Stay up and I am sure you both with be great parents.

  • http://twitter.com sonja

    Wow that was an incredible blog love love it

  • Karen

    I’m going to give this a try. Glad it worked well for you. Congratulations~!

  • rb

    Wow I too went through this I was diagnosed with endometriosis the pain was unbearable. When I went in for a pre-op I found out I was pregnant I was shock . The doctors said that pregnancy is rear with the disease and it might take away the disease . I was ok for about 2yrs after my pregnancy until now , the pains are returning .

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  • Bilqees Hendricks

    WOW! So happy for you :) And I guess some people are just afraid of CHANGE, but with change comes great things…as you are testament to that.

  • Ericka

    Tia, this is VERY inspirational. Your story goes to show how important it is to share it. This surprised me, because you wear your pregnancy well. I’m so happy for you guys! Your life will never be that same when you see that little face! I’m having new menstrual issues and endo came across my mind. I’m confident that I don’t have it. But whatever the problem is, I’m encouraged that the BED diet will help along with prayer. Thank you and many blessings to you:)

  • Renee

    Good morning Tia….i read yor blog and i believe it….u know my brother was jst talking to me about how our bodies are a temple of God….wow that is conformation that its time for me to get it together…thanks for the encouragement…many blessings to u and your family.

  • http://WWW.twitter.com Jessica walker

    I’am a fan of U both and I’am happy to know that you Tia will be a mother very soon now I’am a mother to a son Khalid age 14 and a daughter Hasina age 10 so take my advice Tia sleep when the baby is sleeping the baby will sleep for 3 hours.

  • http://fabuluxeliving.blogspot.com Lys

    That is an amazing story! Good for you!

  • Rhenicia

    Congrats on your wonderful lifestyle change & on being a new mommy! Being healthy is so important especially when you have so many people looking up to you, not to mention a bundle of joy that will most likely follow the habits of his/her parents (whether good or bad)

    You’ve done a wonderful thing by writing this article & I’m sure that you have inspired many. You two are going to be great parents, wish you all the best!

    -Rhenicia

  • Leslie

    This is so refreshing! I recently became a vegan and have come across some very harsh criticism from family and friends about my choice, largely because they don’t understand. Hearing that choices like this mean showing respect and love for myself and how I treat my body is such a relief and a blessing! It helps to know others have proven it is worth it. Thank you for sharing :)

  • http://keetaray.blogspot.com Markeeta Y.

    Very inspiring. I’m going to pass this on to a family member who suffers from endometriosis but I’m also going to look into this for myself.
    Thank you for sharing and congrats to you, Tia!

  • Angela

    Thanks Tia,
    As a now mother of two beautiful children (2yr old Boy and 6month old Girl) who was also diagnosed with Endometriosis at a early age, I can completely appreciate your blog. In this day in age where everything is at such a fast pace we ladies often forget to treat our bodies as temples that will hold the next generation. Thanks for sharing your story and the encouragement for others. God bless you and your husband and that wonderful blessing God has choosen you to bring into the world.

  • Sundra Wilson

    Oh wow Tia You are truly amazing. I love ur testimony. Thanks for the info the love and Compassion show in this. You have always been one of my favs. I love your FAITH level in God believing that God still works miracles. You must believe that for man nothing is possible but with God all things are possible especially for those who believe. Hebrews 11:6 says without FAITH it is impossible to please God. Thanks for being a light and thank God for such a loving husband who cares and loves u so much to tell u what is good for ur body so u two can live a long and healthy life together. Love u and God bless.

  • http://www.youravon.com/traceyjohnson TraceyJoy76

    oh Tia sweetpea, how glad I am for you and your husband. This really helps me to see just what I need to be doing. You look lovely with your baby belly. So glad Donna Gates BED worked for you. I too have the horrid cramps that make me feel like death is around the corner. I do live at the take out places and fast food. Which now really isn’t food anymore. This just gave me the push I need to get going. I’m so happy I read this. Many continued blessing and the very best to you and yours. ♥♥♥

  • DInA

    Tia,

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. While I don’t experience endometriosis, I do experience other aliments, that I know are directly related to my diet. Your husband is right, God wants us to be healthy — both inside and out. This article may be the catalyst for me making better choices with my diet.

    All the best to you and your family!

  • http://www.mrsmommymd.com Jasmine

    This is an AWESOME testimony. I’m trying to get out of the junk food rut and will definitely check out BED. I definitely want to instill healthy eating habits early in my son (he’s 2), but it starts with me. Thank you for sharing and God bless your growing family!

  • http://www.twitter.com/misskyraashley Kyra

    Tia, thank u for sharing this. I know how difficult it can be sometimes to open up about things that are so personal. This article is informative, honest, and shows that as women we are all connected and can learn from each other’s experiences. Thanks for starting this very important dialogue.

  • Nicole

    Thanks for sharing and opening up. I can really relate… I suffer from similar cramps – I like to refer to it as ‘death warmed up’. I have always been fascinated with nutrition, however I have never been faced with the idea of an immune-boosting diet. Granted, there are immune-boosting foods. So, why not take it the extra mile and incorporate it into ALL meals??

    I am psyched to look into the book you reccommended. I’m just psyched to hear that someone pushed through what I thought was impossible to beat without laser surgery. Regularly working out lessens my cramps. Not entirely, but slightly is better than not at all!~just a tip. Nutrition is key* And I could not agree more- our bodies are temples. We deserve less chemicals and more wholesome, natural foods!

    (twitter – @nicoledeleasa)

  • http://@Cmahrie27 Cristina

    I immediatly thought of my sister when I read this article. When you have someone you love in pain you feel helpless and she too has bad pains like you described. I sent her this article because at this point I saw it as God telling me that I can help her also by educating her. I hope this helps her! God Bless you and yours!!

  • Desiree

    I found out I had endometriosis at age 17. And I was told that I would never have kids. I was not thinking of children at that age but having the option taken away from me really depressed me. Eventually i did get pregnant and had a beautiful little girl. The doctors called her the miracle baby! :) I am happy to have been able to experience motherhood. But i have been told that i will probably not get that lucky again. And it has been 7 years since i had my first child. But you really inspired me and maybe i will have another chance in the future. Thank you for this blog it means alot.

  • Nadina

    I’m so grateful that you posted this blog, I’ve been thinking about detoxing but making it a life choice, this has really helped me. I’d also like to add, I’m so very very very happy for you and your husband. God truly has blessed you. I pray that being parents the good Lord will guide you both in this new adventure in life.

    God bless you three :)

  • Desiree

    Congrats to you and the hubby on the baby! :)

  • Chrishundra

    Wow. Thanks. I know the pain you’re speaking of. When I was a teenager I would miss school because I was in so much pain. And after years of being umproperly cared for I finally decided to switch my OBGYN and after a trip to the ER and a follow up with my new OB I was diagnose with endometriosis this year at the age of 30. He asked have I ever been told that. I was so shocked and mad because I went all these years thinking that my problems came from when my previous OB said it was just PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) and that she wasn’t to concerned about it.

  • MICHELLE HALL

    Tia, just wanted to let u know that I’m in tears right now. Seeing a reflection of myself in you, this has really given me confirmation of what God wants from me. I have been fasting lately which also calls for a healthy diet. On top of trying to have a baby for the last two years and wondered what was wrong. It’s many things you and your husband have said and it just broke me down cause it was me, Stress among other things. I too believe in miracles and that His word is true. Now I’m standing on my faith. Thanks for the inspiration. It means more than you know. Love ya :)

  • Lindsay

    I was diagnosed with endometriosis last April after trying to conceive for 2 years. 4 months after surgery I started making simple changes to my diet like cutting out soy and gluten. It helped a lot! It felt nice to not have to rely on prescription narcotics just because I was having my monthly cycle which is supposed to be normal for every woman. It felt like a curse! I would and still do dread knowing that my period is on the way.

    My husband and I have been trying to conceive now for 3 years. We’re still unsuccessful, but I’m determined not to let endometriosis get me down.

  • Jamie

    Thanks Tia!!! This is such an inspiration for me. I was diagnosed with endometriosis 4 years ago & also after 2 surgeries, I was told by my doctor that I would most likely not be able to conceive. I am definitely going to look into changing my eating habits. This really gives me hope!!! Thanks Again!!

  • http://www.thelessthandomesticgoddess.com Carly

    Thank you for this post! I, too, suffer from endometriosis. I was just diagnosed a few weeks ago after a laparoscopy and hysteroscopy. My husband and I have been TTC without much luck. You are giving me hope that it can happen. I’m going to check out the BED diet now. Congratulations on your pregnancy! Wishing you and your husband the best.

  • Taylor

    Just wanted to take a few seconds to tell you how much you inspire people . I am looking forward to any future blog entries of yours! This post just reminds me of my favorite verse “I can do all thi gs through Christ who strengthens me”. Thanks again, and congratulations:)

  • http://mountainbeachshake.com Pamela

    Hi Tia! What a wonderful gift you’ve given in writing this blog post — as evidenced by the numerous comments! So many people are unaware the influence that nutritional choice has on our hormones, but indeed it is huge. You have enlightened more than a few here it seems. All God’s blessings on you and your husband. May your pregnancy and delivery be uneventful and rewarding! Parenthood is the BEST!

  • Jasmine W

    WOW! I had no idea about this. I just always blamed “EVE”… Im actually going through this right now and popping ibuprofen… I may need to look up that diet and get started IMMEDIATELY! THANKS TIA.

  • http://www.kilarohner.com Kila Rohner

    I’m going right out to get this book. I’ve always struggled with a week immune system, fatigue and now putting off an uncomfortable treatment to remove polyps from my ovaries. I try to live a healthy lifestyle but have never heard of BED. Thank you for sharing your story.

  • David

    Fa sho!

    For a long time now I’ve been slowly altering my way of eating so that I can have optimum health, energy and outlook. But of course, like most folks I slid back several times while pushing myself to change the way I eat. First I started off a fasting which included a raw foods diet for 2 weeks prior, a fasting (Arise and Shine), then a raw foods diet for a week after the fasting. This changed my life forever. I was lucky to have been introduced to this way of eating and cleansing because it changed the way I felt about myself and food that nourishes my body/temple.

    Then I was blessed to have come across this Book on better eating as a way to cure any ailment like the author wrote. This book is called the UltraMind Solution (http://www.ultramind.com/). This book is based on a approach to medical treatment called foundational medicine which believes that the body can heal any ailment and provide optimum energy and outlook if one eats right and has all the proper vitamins, nutrients and body needs. Check this book out. It will help you and anyone around you who is suffering from multiple illnesses.

  • Romekka

    I can honestly say that I can relate to you, I myself have endometriosis. I am due for my second surgery next month. Never would of thought you would have been going through the same thing! I want to congratulate thou and your husband on your pregnancy! And thanks for the info about the diet!

  • Kitty

    Amen! :)

  • Maya

    Thank u Tia! That is true confirmation! I was diagnosed with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome)..
    My husband and I have been trying to conceive for 5 yes after the miscarriage! I have been so convicted in my spirit to get my body right! I have been exercising regularly but was struggling with my diet! I was gonna try weight watchers but the BED diet seems more healthy and I have to treat my body as a temple!! If Jesus is dwelling in me it gotta be right! Thank you for this insight!!

  • Sebaga Manyothwane

    I have seriously PAINFUL pre or post menstrual pains…thought this does not happen every month, when it does happen I get hospitalised. I have done numerous tests but doctors have not yet found anything wrong with me…yet, and that scares me so much. All they say is I should have a baby then things will be better. Am 24 this started about five years back although I got my first flow at 13. I was worried about my ability to have kids but now when I do decide to start trying to have one, I will do it with so much belief and hope that I will have one. Thank you Tia

  • Carol Picou

    Maya, thank you for the inspiration, I just ordered my a copy of the book BED. I was diagnosed with endometriosis too several years ago too. Now I will work on it ! Congrats and God Bless.

  • http://www.cw50detroit.com Lauren T

    I am starting the B.E.D diet immediately. I have severe endometriosis. The surgeries have helped with pain but only temporarily. I’m a journalist constantly on the go…and have learned to work through the excruciating sometimes blinding pain. It can be a lonely feeling when dealing with this but the hardest part for me is the fear of infertility. Im 26years old, with no future husband in sight. I remember being 19 and the Doctor, with a very serious face, telling me if I ever wanted children I should think about having them now…at 19?! of course I didn’t take his advice but the older I get the more I fear the worse case scenario. Tia, this blog post gives me hope. With women like you and Padma Lakshmi speaking out about options and showing us that it can be done makes me beam with such a hopeful glow. Ive tried other diets and regimes, I’ve even tried some…interesting…unconventional routes to ease the pain but I know the Body Ecology Diet will make a difference now and in the (I pray) near future when I am ready to have a bundle of joy.

    thankyou thankyou thankyou! and congratulations!

    Lauren Turner

  • Angelina

    Thank you Tia for the wonderful share. Congratulations to you and your husband for the new Blessing.

    Angelina Saturnio

  • http://twitter.com/elocin624 Tiffany H

    Hey Tia
    This is a very great subject! I too have suffered from Endometriosis and have had one surgery to get rid of it but I never image that the problem could be coming from what I eat. I thank you for sharing your story and I will be looking into BED. I have been blessed with three beautiful children in the mist of my struggle with Endometriosis and I am glad to know that you are well on your way of having your 1st baby. I wish you the best of luck with your new journey and hope that you are blessed with all that you hope for. God is so amazing!

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  • Mickey

    My sister is suferring from this disease and it is hard for her to go to work and make it at work for a full day. She has been depressed. She has at least one surgery, that I know of to get rid of the pain and it didn’t work. She is married and trying for a baby but need some help. I will definitely tell her about the BED Diet. Hopefully she will look into the diet. It seem healthy and treats endocrine an immune system.

    I never knew Tia was experiencing the endometriois disease too. I pray every woman with this disease gets well and have a successful life. I know it is a hard disease to suffer through.

    Thanks Tia for sharing your story and telling other women about the BED Diet! I am sure it will help others as well.

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  • Dorinda

    Thank you very much for sharing this Tia! Praise God for your willingness to help others. Grace, Mercy and Peace to you from the God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ

  • Shana

    This article was wonderful to read. Just to know that even though the doctors may say one thing, God truly has the last say so. I pray God will heal and watch over those whose suffer from this disease. Be encouraged!

    -LeShana B.

  • Deeefabolous

    This is a beautiful article, well written. Not only beautiful because of what she said about God but also because it makes me feel like Cory & Tia’s relationship is extremely close. He cares a lot for her & that’s wonderful! I’m happy to see that everything worked for the best during Tia’s pregnancy & I wish she’ll have many more kids, if they want to :) 

  • Karla

    I love this! I was just googling, looking for answers. I was diagnosed with endo 1 month before my wedding last summer, had surgery, did 6 months of Lupron treatment and now sit here frustrated beacause my periods haven’t returned and my husband and I want to have children. I am 32 and feel old and broken.

  • Mckenzies13

    Trust God! I am 33, diagnosed with endo 3 yrs ago, have had 2 surgeries & 6 months of Lupron. I had not had my period in over a yr & a half, while still taking Lupron I have become pregnant with our 3rd child, our 1st born son. I am 35 weeks & counting. Although I am not sure what is next nor how my body will respond after this delivery & this has been by far my worst pregnancy. I can honestly say whole hearted that God answers prayers.