Sunday, February 10, 2013
- Sugar and Starch are not so great for my body. They seem to promote inflammation and bloating.
- I am reactive to Black Pepper. Bummer! No wonder I was getting burning, searing stomach pain "Every time I eat!" We're still not clear on nightshades, so time will tell.
- I don't particularly like turkey broth.
- I do like wild salmon. Yum!
- Salt is amazing. Like, really.
- Also amazing? L-glutamine. I feel like my life is being transformed. I will refrain from giving you the gruesome details, but I will say that my digestive system is much happier these days. I mix it with some broth a few times a day. I was scared I would react to it, as I get terrible migraines with vomiting from MSG. My ND reassured me that it should not cause that kind of reaction, and to my great relief, it hasn't! Quite the opposite in fact.
- Not amazing? Bovine colostrum. I know it can be a miracle product for some folks, but I am no less allergic to cow colostrum than I am cow milk. The sooner I wrap my brain around the fact that I can *never*cheat and eat cheese or milk chocolate without consequences, the better off I will be.
- I can, in fact, survive without coffee, soy lattes, and chocolate. However, the withdrawal process is absolutely brutal. Even after the initial physical symptoms had passed, I wanted the earth to open up and swallow me whole for a week or two.
- It takes more than a few days to recover from chronic autoimmune conditions. Even when you go into a regimen expecting it to take months, it can be brutal.
And the big one:
- Waking up with a glimmer of hope is a huge step. If I can have even one day at baseline, it means that there may be more of those days in my future.
Thanks to my family and friends who have been giving me so much moral support in my attempts to find health and wellness.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
I haven't been online much. We had some birthdays, and Gift as, and winter break. Then right back into the swing of things. School, homeschool, appointments, et al. It's busy around here.
And I am tired. On January 1st I started an elimination diet. I've been struggling with stomach pain, and intestinal distress, and other unpleasant symptoms for a while. It finally got bad enough that I was willing to do whatever it takes to figure out why my body was going haywire. I gotta be honest. Three weeks in, and this diet still sucks.
The basics are built around Whole 9 | Whole 30. No grains. No sugars or sweeteners. No Dairy. And the tough one- no legumes. That didn't sound so bad. Meat, veggies, eggs, broth, and healthy fats. Well, it was, because veggies have been triggering tummy pain. And eating had gotten scary. So my "safe list" for the first week was turkey, lamb, and coconut. Do you know how old it gets to eat 3 foods plain? Ugh. And tea. Lots of tea to wean off my caffeine habit.
So I am 3 weeks in. I am less bloated. But still tired. Eggs are out. Nightshades are out. Both spinach and chard were ugly. My energy is up and down. My mood.... Eh. I really just want to feel well. I am happy not to have searing stomach pain anymore, every time I eat. I'm a bit lonely and tired of not knowing what's going on with my body.
In happier news, my children are delightful. My oldest is doing riding lessons again, which she loves. My 4 yo has started vision therapy, and that's a lot of fun. My youngest, now 2, is quite the personality. She loves playing with her sister. They are having a blast with the duplos she got for Giftmas. My son seems to be doing well in school. My 10 yo is a busy girl, interested in art, drama, science and Lego. I'm happy her school meets her needs so well.
We have so much to look forward to this year.
Monday, December 17, 2012
My youngest girl is about to turn two. My special surprise! She is quite the character. Running, climbing, playing drawing. Skinny little tot, but who wouldn't be that moved all the time? If only I could get her to sleep a little more, and eat a full meal all at once. I'm so happy to be her mama too. I can't believe that my baby days are drawing to a close. I hope and pray that the next 14 years of motherhood are as wonderful as the first 14.
Life is good.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
My only son, my third child, is about to turn 8. Somehow, that feels huge. In a few weeks, my baby will be turning two. I gave her crib away today, to a mom who needed it. I didn't cry when she left, but I would be lying if I said I wasn't sad. My babies are all growing up. Next year all but my youngest will be school age. I find myself wanting to savor my time as the Mama, before I graduate to "Mom" and occasionally "Mother." (Complete with eye roll, of course!)
Time feels short. As fantastic as it was visiting with family, it really hammered home how short life it. Before I know it, my youngest child could be getting married, jetting off to Tahiti, and building their own creative life. I am so, so blessed to have these amazing people in my life. My children, my parents, my grandparents, and my friends, especially my husband. I hope to find, this winter, better balance not just in my busy schedule, but in my life, my soul, my every breath.
To all of my family and friends, and the friends I haven't met yet, I wish you peace and love this winter season.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
I traveled 3000 miles and waited 10 years to make my Mama and grandparents Thanksgiving dinner. I was able to share the kitchen with my sister, make and eat my favorite meals, and visit with my family. I was able to introduce my Grandpa to his youngest grandchild. I snuggled with my children, and watched them playing with their cousin- jumping on the trampoline, doing puzzles, and making believe with toy kitchens and baby dolls.
I am so, so, so glad that I had this opportunity. Best. Thanksgiving. Ever. <3 p="p">3>
Monday, November 5, 2012
As I mentioned, I am sharing this because it keeps me accountable. So here is where I am: I am taking my vitamins- some of them, anyway. It's easier on the weekends, but I took time to do things I enjoy, on my own! I took our puppy to obedience class on Saturday. On Sunday I really pampered myself. I took a 20 minute walk, the puppy and I went to the dog park for the first time, AND I took a snuggly nap with my 22 month old. Plus I did two short workouts on fit2b.us. After spending some time meeting my needs, I felt so much more prepared to meet the needs of my husband and kids.
It's Monday, and I'm heading into a very busy week, full of appointments and volunteer obligations. For the next few days, I am going to continue to work on being kind to myself and my family. I am going to be drinking lots of water and taking my vitamins. I hope to take the time to walk every day and do a Totally Tummy Safe workout. I don't have hours to go to the gym, but I think I can take two 15 minute sessions for myself. I can treat myself gently, and with kindness.
What kindness will you offer yourself today?