My regular blog readers may remember me talking about my illness a few years ago and the subsequent fallout of this. In short, I got a viral infection from a bug bite which has now escalated into an autoimmune disease. I’ve been in constant pain for the last three years. The neurological surgeon wanted to put me on a nasty drug for the rest of my life. However, coming from a holistic background, I understood this was only masking the problem and not solving it. So, in true British style I ‘just got on with it.’
The pain has been mostly manageable, and the other symptoms come and go, so I’ve been able to cope for the most part. However, being in constant pain is a huge drain on your body, mind, and soul.
After listening to nutritional expert, Andrea Bayles at a recent personal development event I booked a session with her in the hope that she could point me in the right direction from a nutritional point of view.
We all know that saying ‘you are what you eat’ and if I’m one-hundred percent honest with myself I’ve let my healthy eating routine slip.
I knew it was going to be tough to take out all the bad stuff I eat, but if I could make a difference to how I feel on a day to day basis and not be in so much pain, or feel like I have constant brain fog, then it would be worth it.
Time and space were needed for me to read through the plan and to prepare both mentally and physically. I cleared my cupboards and fridge, bought the produce on my food lists, and prepared my meal planner.
The first few days were quite good. Andrea has put me on an elimination diet to help us see if there’s a specific food group that is exasperating my symptoms. That means no dairy, red meat, wheat, gluten, or soy products.
I’m nearly at the end of the first week, and the pain I’m in is horrific. I’ve got the mother of all headaches and my neck, shoulders, lower back and legs are in agony. The hardest thing is to push through, but I know that once the toxins are out of my system, I’ll start to feel better.
Andrea recommended having regular Epsom salt baths which I’ve been doing, as well as drinking as much water as possible.
I know the pain is necessary and it also tells me how much my unhealthy diet has affected my body. Sticking to it is going to be a challenge but I know I’ve got to keep going.
There are plus points of course. I’ve lost weight, and I already feel a bit clearer in the head. The downside is how uncomfortable I am all day, and dealing with the pain. Sitting at my computer is difficult, so I decided to back off from social media for a short while. I’m doing the minimum amount of work in small chunks of time, and that seems to be manageable.
I’m still smiling, but there might be a slight wince in that smile too. Fingers crossed I’ll be through the worst of this soon, and then I’ll be bouncing around social media and back to my old self – or rather my new self!
So, if you notice I’m MIA don’t worry, I’m still watching from the wings and trying to catch up with my favourite bloggers and authors as often as I can. Regular retweeting, liking, commenting, and sharing will hopefully resume soon.
In the meantime, I hope you take a moment after reading this to think about your own lifestyle, and how much time you allow yourself to kick back and step away from the technology. We all need to switch off regularly and check that we aren’t just operating on autopilot. Are you looking after your needs?
Take time out this week and enjoy yourself, and I’ll see you all on the flip side.
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