Sick of Being Sick
Well faithful readers, I’m back. And unfortunately, I am in bad shape. I am SO sick of being sick all the time.
List of Ailments:
- Headaches, migraines; regularly.
- H.Pylori; stomach and upper intestine ulcers bother me daily.
- Nausea; constant. Vomiting; sporadic.
- Lethargic; constant.
- Kidney infection; massive infection in left kidney and left ureter.
- Mood; difficulty in maintaining mood, too many low periods.
- Stress; due to the difficulty in maintaining my mood, I have let stress take over my mind and spirit (and now my body).
- Libido; non-existent.
- Skin; dry, itchy.
- Acne; prolonged acne on my face and back.
I have stayed in a very negative place for too long. I had my “light bulb” moment last night and realized I need to get it together. When I was on my “Hippie Food and Sweatpants” journey I was happy (and successful) because I was taking care of myself. I am tired of being tired. I am not “there” for my children and my husband. I have to change. And the change starts NOW!
I just got back from the store. I got all my hippie food as well as some vitamins and supplements to help heal and maintain my body. You know me…I research everything. So, in order to get back on track quickly, I am starting to eat my healthy foods immediately (more “clean” eating) as well as include some extras into my daily regime.
Here is a list of the FOOD I am focused on eating over the next month:
- Lots of lean protein (i.e. free-range organic chicken breasts, fat-free turkey breast sliced thin, turkey kielbasa)
- Lots of tilapia, wild caught salmon, white albacore tuna (these are packed with Omega-3’s)
- High fiber fruits (i.e. apples, raspberries)
- Avocado (packed with Omega-3’s, heart healthy fats, lots of fiber)
- Broccoli, spinach, kale, romaine (these are rich in antioxidants, calcium, fiber, folate; folate boosts serotonin)
- Cucumber (they flush out toxins and keep your skin healthy)
- Onion, garlic (aid in digestion, supports a healthy digestive tract)
- Lentils (lots of fiber, lean protein, folate, and so much more; they are a powerhouse of nutrients)
- Quinoa (tons of fiber, tons of protein; it is a “superfood”)
- Whole Grains only (i.e. brown rice, whole grain pasta, whole grain bread)
Here is a list of the DRINKS I am focused on over the next month:
- Water (and lots of it). 88 ounces per day is the goal.
- Slice of lemon with water, hot or cold (this will help cleanse the kidneys)
- Lemonade (all-natural, no sugar added preferred; this will help cleanse the kidneys)
- Green tea with Emergen-C packet (antioxidant plus Vitamin C)
- Green Goodness by Bolthouse Farms (I drink at least 16 ounces per day)
- Kefir by Lifeway (I drink at least 8 ounces per day)
Here are the supplements that I am taking daily in order to help my body get back on track and stay on track:
Supplements: probiotic, magnesium, 5-HTP (serotonin), B-Complex, Total Upper GI (if you have H.Pylori, ulcers, or any upper GI issues you have to get the Total Upper GI, it is a miracle pill!).
Epsom Salt: I never realized the benefits of Epsom salts; Add two cups of Epsom salt to a warm-hot bath and soak for at least 15 minutes. This soak will replenish your magnesium levels, which increases adrenaline and serotonin. Your mood will improve and stress levels (including that annoying cortisol) are decreased.
I know it looks like a lot but it really isn’t overwhelming and I take the supplements with every meal. I use a pill box system to ensure I am taking my supplements at the correct times. If you’re like me and have a hard time remembering to take pills, this is the best method I have found to work effectively.
STRESS! Life happens people, I get it. I need to learn how to manage the stress that comes my way. I am going to incorporate yoga into my exercise routine twice a week and a dedicated prayer time (meditation) every day.
EXERCISE! Oh man…this is the hardest part for me to change. I purchased Beachbody’s T25 and I plan on starting the program Monday (2/23). Gggrrr; but I know it is good for me. Also, I intend to get outside for at least 30 minutes each day. I will walk my dog or just sit on the porch or go for a jog to the mailbox or whatever, as long as I get outside.
Here’s to drastic measures, a new start, and healthy living!