I have so much to say I don’t even know where to begin. Eight weeks ago I embarked on an unintentional journey prompted by my intuitive sense that something was not quite normal with my body. Not knowing exactly what was going on, the only thing I knew is that something was definitely going wrong in my body. I found myself feeling exhausted going up one small flight of stairs. With a good night’s sleep I still felt unusually tired throughout the day needing to take a 3 hour nap and living with constant brain fog. Does this sound characteristic of a healthy person?
Because I’m a firm believer that the body can heal itself most of the time if we just do what we need to nourish it, I decided to investigate on my own what could be ailing me and what I could also do to get gain more energy, strength, and overall a better sense of wellness. Not being able to function at 50% of what I know I’m able and capable of most days was not an option I was going to settle for.
Fortunately for me all those years I self-studied nutritional health and naturopathic remedies seemed to only fuel my curiosity to keep on investigating for greater knowledge and possible solutions. Knowing the answer would not come from traditional medicine, I’ve spent the last eight weeks doing what I can to understand what is going on within me and implementing different life style changes to see if I could improve the extreme fatigue and my overall sense of well being.
When I mentioned I wasn’t feeling well on an earlier post someone mentioned to look into Adrenal Fatigue. Because I have always had this obsession with how the body works in regards to ailments, I found myself spending any free time on my iPhone looking up information about Adrenal Fatigue. I won’t go into the specifics of AF but I will only say that the more I researched this topic, the more I felt I was in agreement with the symptoms, especially coming off a very busy and stressful book launch tour.
Since AF is not recognized by the Western medical community, I decided that I would do what I could to see if I could improve my health, especially after I did see a doctor with no real answers or solutions.
The first course of action I took was to get back on my vitamins. I go through these phases where I’m very diligent about taking certain vitamins but I hadn’t been taking them in awhile. Since the vitamins were sitting in my cupboard I thought now was a great time to recommit to taking them. These vitamins included pro-biotics, fish oil, B50, vitamin C, calcium and magnesium, MSM, vitamin E, vitamin D, and a multi-vitamin.
Re-taking vitamins was the first step. Step 2 involved reducing and eliminating anything stressful from my life. This included cutting back my computer time by 90% which meant blogging less and not engaging very much on social media. This definitely helped me to just engage with the people in my life on a more intimate level which caused a bit of anxiety when I thought about how at one point I would have to start working again. But that is another story for another day. But during this time, I swear it was as if there was an invisible negative force determined to keep me from pursuing wellness and find other ways to heap stress on me.
To make a long story short, our family was faced with a few major life crisis situations that truthfully was very painful to have to go through and are still going through but not as intensely. To this all I have to say is… I think it is very selfish of people to make bad decisions which impact not only them, but their families and beyond. The rippling effects of bad and selfish decisions is not fun for those who are impacted by them. Period.
So during the last couple months, I also had to deal with tech issues I wasn’t anticipating. My site crashing a couple times and my computer going to the repair shop a couple times and still wigging out on me, and my iPad which I use as a back-up option also shattering. I’m serious when I say these negative forces are trying to rob me of my peace.
So where does that leave me today? Well things are going much better. After doing a 5 day juice fast/cleanse/detox, I discovered I may have some food sensitivities which are giving me some problems. I’m doing an elimination diet experiment on myself just to make sure I am in fact sensitive to these foods. Also I’ve been exercising each day. At first I was walking just 10 minutes a day for a couple weeks just to get my metabolism going. Then I increased it to 20 minutes. The last couple weeks I’ve been walking on average 30-45 minutes a day. As a result, I finally lost a considerable amount of weight that I had packed on this last year. I’m finally back in my clothes from last summer, including my favorite pair of jeans which are surprisingly a little loose on me. I should mention my husband and I have lost a collective 40 lbs. Crazy.
I know this post is very long, and if you’re still reading this I thank you. I plan on writing a post sometime next week about the details of my health regimen. It’s not so much of a program since I’m on my own journey to better health but I think it might be beneficial for anyone looking to jump start their own journey based on my experience. Until then, peace.