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#123 - Hoping for Some Answers.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

I'm sorry that I have been MIA the last month or so. I have been dealing with a lot - exhaustion/lack of energy, brain fogs, headaches, asthma, bloating, irritability, etc. Truly, I have dealt with the issues for several years with some days being better than others. In the last month, it seems like all of that has hit at once, and it’s been rough. All I want to really do is sleep; I don't want to get out of bed or exercise. Headaches occur daily. The list goes on. With all of this, my time on Spark has been limited.

I’ve been wallowing in self-pity (due to the above); however, last week, I decided to do something about it. Yesterday, I met with a holistic nutritionist; her words were positive, encouraging, and informative. She believes in the power of nature (fruits, vegetables, greens, etc) to heal our bodies of illnesses. I, too, have believed this although I wasn’t knowledgeable about it to actually do it. For me, it’s such a refreshing idea especially after being put on quite a few medications for my age – two asthma inhalers, birth control, and Ibuprofen for PMS. Within the next year, I could be on even more prescriptions for my high-ish blood pressure and allergies. While these medications seem to work, they scare me because of all the “stuff” in them.

My reasons for going to see her were for the symptoms above. She believes that all the symptoms I am experiencing line up with Candidiasis which is a form of Thrust or yeast infection (in the body). It’s caused by medications, high-sugar diets, allergies, etc. She explained how common it is in women and that it is reversible with a healthy diet and probiotics. She also suggested a good cleanse which to me, sounded a bit scary. However, she reassured me that it was 100% healthy, and I would not feel hungry at all. It’s an alkaline cleanse which focuses all meals on greens, fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and beans to give the body a rest from all the other food as well as to supply lots of nutrients. After two weeks on that, I will slowly introduce dairy, corn, and wheat back into my diet to test for food intolerances.

When I left the meeting, I was almost in tears. For so long, I’ve always believed that my lack of energy, bloating, headaches, and irritability would be with me for the rest of my life. I felt that, maybe, it was how I was wired which was painful because those symptoms sideline me from life sometimes. I hate that feeling. Instead of feeling that way yesterday, I finally have hope that one day, I’ll be free from all of that.

Since my family is coming into town in a few weeks and I have an allergist appointment, her and I decided to not do the cleanse yet. For now, here’s what I will be doing:

1. Begin thinking about and choosing healthier food choices.

2. Get back to drinking water.

3. Keep moving (I've only been able to get about an hour walk in).

4. Begin taking the probiotics and vitamins for the Candidiasis.

5. Begin weaning myself off some cheeses, peanuts, mushrooms, juices, sugar, alcohol, and white foods (white breads, white rice, etc).

While this may actually seem like a lot, I have three weeks to work on these. I don’t have to be perfect; I just have to be more aware of what I’m putting into my body. I know that this isn’t going to be easy, but if I want to begin truly feeling better and get back to life, I’m going to have to do this. Baby steps will be the name of the game for me which is exciting because it will more of a lifestyle change rather than a quick fix. I’m no longer doing this to look beautiful because I’m beginning to realize that I already am. It’s now about treating my body better than I did for the first 24 years of my life. More importantly, it’s about living.

Over these next few weeks, I will be working on getting better. I’m not sure how much I will be on Spark, but regardless, please know that I am ALWAYS cheering you on! Remember that your body, mind, and spirit deserve only the best. Take care.
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    I hope you get to feel better soon.What is the cleanse about????I was wondering do something like that too what is it
    ????Feel better...
    1900 days ago
    I agree with her! Keep your foods CLEAN and you should see a difference.

    1901 days ago
    I hope your new plan makes you feel better! I look forward to reading about your progress!
    1914 days ago
  • CIPHER1971
    And I am cheering you on as well. I really hope this is the answer for you.

    All the best
    1915 days ago
  • WINNIE1978
    I hope the new plan helps!
    1916 days ago
    You can do this my dear friend. You can.
    Think of the greater clarity of life you will enjoy. There is so much truth in candida, don't let anyone 'poo-poo' the idea.
    1916 days ago
  • C8TSON
    You most cerainly need to take care of you first and foremost. Wonderful realizations! It seems to me that you really are beginning the process to true healing. I also believe in the healing power that comes naturally from nutrition/fitness. I know that regardless of a weight loss stagnancy, I have felt better than I have felt in years. No more meds, and my TOM before I got pg was almost completely uneventful. And I once suffered from such cramps/migraines I couldn't get out of bed. I'm so glad you will be getting this help. Hey, and don't worry about your absence from Spark--we are all out here cheering each other along wanting the best for each other--and sometimes that means taking a break from it. But know this: we are all still very much here for you! emoticon emoticon
    1916 days ago
    Sounds like you've got a plan! Thanks for sharing!
    1916 days ago
    It sounds like you are starting a journey of beginning to feel so much better. Good luck with it! I hope you feel so much better! emoticon
    1916 days ago
    Sounds like a really positive meeting and step in the right direction! You will feel loads better!

    I frequently read things like "I thought I was just destined to be like this forever" and I always notice these statements are in the past tense. If you don't like it- you can change it! Let us know how it goes please!!!!! emoticon
    1917 days ago
    I'm glad you found someone who can help you. My sis-in-law spent years with similar symptoms and had to go through a similar stripping down of her diet to find out what was causing the issues - turned out she was mildly allergic to beef. After she stopped eating beef, most of the symptoms went away. I hope your cleanse and re-introduction can help you figure out what's causing the issues.
    1917 days ago
    Good luck to you! Cleaner eating will absolutely help you feel less sluggish. Cleanses do sound scary but they can make you feel loads better!!! Don't do it for weight loss though. You may lose 6 pounds but it's usually muscle. Do it to clean out your body and start anew!
    1917 days ago
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