Back on that anti-inflammatory food life. One too many flare ups this month has caused me to pause and look at my diet, once again. 2017 saw me going completely gluten free, vegan (for about a month), and then vegetarian to pescatarian. What I've discovered about my body during these food transitions, is how freaking sensitive my body is to food. The smallest thing could set me up for tension headaches, muscle spasms and aches, indigestion, inflammation, poor sleep, hightened anxiety and depression, just to name a few. I've realized that intuitive eating is more helpful to me than following a strict diet. I listen to my body and give it what it needs. If I feel bad, I back track, figure out what caused it, omit it from my diet for a few weeks, reintroduce it for a couple days, and check back in with my body. So far it's been pretty straight forward and simple. Grains: oats and Wheat bother me but I can eat sour dough bread (It's fermented ayo!). Dairy: yogurt, aged cheddar, and parmesean cheese are the only dairy products I am okay with, but I have to really careful as I'm lactose intolerant and it's a major trigger for me. Tomatoes are a no go (acid reflux and cramping trigger). Onions and garlic are two that I'm figuring out right now. Sometimes it seems to be okay and other times not so good. Meat: seafood is fine. I went off meat completely last summer due to antibiotics killing all my gut bacteria and making it impossible to consume meat without being sick. I haven't ventured back to poultry or red meat since. Eggs: fine. Thank goodness.
Listen to your body. It will tell you exactly what it needs you to know. .
#24weeks into this journey of creating life has me pensive about the other end of the spectrum...of loss and death. I am non-judgmentally curious and interested in the sudden re-emergent "visit" of these deeply rooted fears of mine at this very poignant time of creation. The connectedness of life and death and the inextricable balance that mirrors the daily rotations of sun and moon come to mind in that feeling into one side in a deep and intimate manner makes us equally keenly and deeply aware of the other. They are sacredly tied, for the very essence of each one helps define the other. Thus, experiencing the intensity of creating life is manifesting an equally intense re-acquaintance with my fear of death...or of losing those close to me more accurately. But I have come to learn that this is the dance of life; That life is made beautiful in part by its shadow side. I have learned to let my fear signal the need to intensely focus on every moment of what is now. The other side will come, as it always does, in successive waves of life, which means the presence of life force, now, should be felt in its full expression with every ounce of my attention. For there is no room in what is now but to acknowledge and honor the shadow of my fear visitors and allow them to go on their way, knowing full well we will meet in earnest, somewhere down the trail another day. #mindfultrails#woundedhealer#highdeserthealer#earthmedicinewisdom
“Whenever Beauty looks,
Love is also there;
Whenever beauty shows a rosy cheek
Love lights Her fire from that flame.
When beauty dwells in the dark folds of night
Love comes and finds a heart
entangled in tresses.
Beauty and Love are as body and soul.
Beauty is the mine, Love is the diamond.
The time of the month that we dread, joke about, and can’t seem to escape.
DID YOU KNOW
that PMS symptoms are NOT normal?
I know- not something we EVER get told.
But these symptoms are often just signals for us to support our bodies during this phase before our period starts.
I want to shed some light on ways we can support our bodies this week. •
So before we dive into some of these symptoms this week I want to hear from you: what symptoms have you struggled with the most? What do you want to learn about?
Excited to talk about these this week!
Thank goodness for audiobooks! I live in LA and just the stress of knowing the kind of traffic I am going to face is enough to drain your energy before the day even begins. Anyone else feel my pain? Clearly my phone does!
By the way, this book is absolutely fascinating! I have read it and am now listening to it. Our beliefs do effect the way our genes are expressed. We are energy. And the energy we create, hold and express does have a tremendous impact on our health. In my life at the moment, I am working on not getting stuck on the little things and not sticking in my corner. Listening to this book reminds me that when I do that, I am poisoning my being. Photo cred: @sarahskyann