*** This blog is not to be prescriptive nor give you advice, merely to show you my way of navigating true health in a jungle of advice and pharmaceutical pressure. Please do your own research, ask your own specialists or contact those I have used if you wish to find out more about your personal condition and symptoms. To your very best health. ***
I wasn’t expecting to have much to write this week and was expecting a fortnight to go past before letting you know I was still here.
However this week I’ve been spitting into tubes, been driven to chocolate and had another ‘ah-ha moment’ that I probably could have considered before now.
Generally all things have been fairly constant this week.
I found a huge level of dynamism though from having more time in the office and really getting stuff done for the business. It’s been tangible and was a healthy reminder as how if I managed my diary better I’d feel like that more often. We’re heading off for a few days away later this week and so that’s a good a time as any to get that resolved.
I have been preoccupied by chocolate this week. It’s not normally something that bothers me, but I’ve found myself making versions of a healthy’ish cocoa or searching out high density chocolates. I then found a company online selling a dairy free, gluten free, soy free, low sugar version which I bought to taste test. (It was alright, but didn’t melt like ordinary choc).
It’s been an odd behaviour for me and I wasn’t sure if it was because I’ve been tired, am subconsciously wanting to spread my food boundaries wider or some other unknown factor. Anyway I pretty much went with it and let myself off.
I’ve been more bloated and puffy than usual and I wondered too if this was a sign of an autoimmune flare up.
No, nothing like it. Just the return of my period which I’ve not had since June. No wonder there was some chocolate cravings going on! Once that became clear why, I was pleased that something has changed enough for my body to want to do this again!
On Thursday I spent a lot of the day spitting into tubes. I am doing an adrenal test as requested by Janie to establish my stress levels from the presence of cortisol in my spit at various times throughout the day. It’s quite a palaver in terms of timings and when you can eat, when you spit and then freezing it all. But the job is done and I’ll send that off this week for it to be analysed. I think it will be a miracle if my levels are normal. I don’t think I am stressed, but I think my body is. Will keep you posted on that result.
I’ve felt very positive and upbeat this week.
Getting lots of work done has helped.
Being outside each day has really helped and I’ve made sure that I am either exercising by walking or rebounding each morning. Surprisingly on Sunday I felt the overwhelming urge to go for a run! I’d not done that for about 16 months, but managed a nice little 5km route without wondering why I was doing it. I don’t expect that thought will come to me again in a hurry. My Rev5 workout was stonking this week, I felt good and strong all through the sets.
One revelation came to me this week as a result of reading a book I won for being Client of the Month at the chiropractors. It was lovely of Kelly to choose me and the book gift was a double treat!
Not only was the book, written by a chiropractor, fascinating, but in there was a paragraph on the appendix. It was when I read that that I realised that I was probably doomed for some kind of autoimmune condition from the day that was removed in 1990. Not that long after I got pregnant with Laura (another challenging time for a body), started getting outbreaks of the gluten rash dermatitis herpetiformis and started struggling with hair loss and weight gain until I started teaching fitness for a living when I was able to manage my weight a little easier. It’s amazing what doing 24 hours of exercise a week can do for you!
I am a big believer in leaving as much in the body, where it’s supposed to be, as possible. However a flaky appendix is better out than in and perhaps my immunity issues are linked to that.
Finally I’ve felt pretty chipper all week. Life has been great, jobs have been done, the weather has been kind and I’ve felt like things were all rolling along smoothly for a while.
A nice place to be!
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