I am writing this from bed as I recover from my latest “blip.” This has been a rough year for me health wise. I had the dreaded flu in December and January and have just not been the same since. And I’m now experiencing a cough that just will not go away. And not only will it not go away, it’s violent and awful and I’m fairly certain those around me are just as tired of it as I am. I’m supposed to be training for a 12k, but have accepted that we will just be walking this year. And that’s ok. I’m disappointed, sure, but have come to accept that sometimes life just happens. We can either roll with it or fight it, but having an autoimmune disease means this will happen occasionally, even doing everything right, and so you just do as you’re told, rest your body and move on. And by doing as I’m told, I mean the dreaded prednisone and breathing treatments. As much as I hate both, there is a time and a place and this is one of those times So, I stepped up my supplements, am resting my body, getting enough fluids and eating wisely the foods that will bump up my immune system. Or in my case these days, just get it to work. (For information on living with prednisone, please see a previous post: Prednisone tips)
Last I wrote, I was doing a Whole30. How did it go? It felt great. A re-set every now and then is a good thing. For everyone. I also started using Vital Proteins. Can I just say that stuff is AMAZING?! I mean, it’s like a miracle powder. My fountain of youth. The small lines around my eyes have lessened, my hair is growing like gangbusters, my nails have never been this strong and I have eyelashes that go on for days. I can’t wait to see the continued results. It also keeps me full and I’m loving that added benefit as well. Vital Proteins has lots of different products – check them out: https://www.vitalproteins.com/collections/all-products
We also went on a few trips and, per my usual I packed snacks and food. One trip was by plane and that makes it a little difficult, but here are my tips:
- Pack an empty water bottle or travel mug to get through security and then fill it up. I go to Starbucks and either order a tea in my mug or ask for hot water and use a tea bag I brought. It’s important to stay hydrated – especially when flying.
- Besides your carry on bag and purse, you are allowed to bring a small, collapsible lunch bag on most airlines; just all ahead to be sure. I use a freezable one. It goes through security just fine but IT NEEDS TO BE FROZEN. I pack fruit and lettuce wraps, etc. Just don’t pack anything that is smelly and will offend other travelers around you.
- I also pack almonds and pistachios, Larabars and beef sticks in case I’m stuck and need protein.
- Once you arrive at your destination, scout out a store for any provisions you need. It’s not hard.
If traveling by car, your life is so much easier because you can pack a cooler with supplies. And boy do I bring supplies because I don’t want to be stuck with nothing to eat. I’ve also found that most gas station stores now carry healthy options. On our recent trip, I was happy to see Larabars, RX Bars, paleo meat sticks, fruit…
And now to the something new… Healing yourself means not only minding what you put IN your body but what you put ON your body as well. My doctor has talked to me about pulling toxic cleaning supplies out of my house, using safe/clean personal products, swapping out my plastic food storage to glass and I have been slowly making those changes. The problem with beauty products is that companies will claim they are “clean products” but they still contain soy or other fillers, have parabens, etc. And then a friend introduced me to Perfectly Posh. I watched her video and said “YES! These products are what I’ve been looking for!” and have been using them for the last two months and I am hooked! And very impressed.
These products are safe and natural, filled with ingredients such as shea butter, coconut oil, olive oil, salt, sugar, etc., and no harmful ingredients such as parabens, sulfites or fillers. Many products are vegan, they are gluten free, are not tested on animals and, they are made in the United States! Best of all, nothing costs more than $25! All things I can get behind. And have I mentioned I love these products? In fact, I love them so much, I took the plunge to become a consultant. If you are interested in taking a look for yourself, check out my web page: http://lisacan.po.sh/
Getting and staying healthy takes a lot of work. But it also takes perseverance because there will be times when, no matter how hard you try, your body does what it wants anyway. The thing is to keep fighting and, most importantly, LISTEN TO YOUR BODY!! If you do not have an Integrative Medicine doctor, I suggest you find one. There is a place for traditional medicine; I honestly believe both go hand in hand. But in order to get and stay well, you need the balance of holistic and traditional. And if your Doctors do not support the holistic, find one who does. It took me a while but I have both. And I can’t imagine going through this ride without either one. Stay strong and stay the course, take one day as it comes, and remember you can do this. Honest. If I can so can you!