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My Alimentary Adventure: Part I Recap (Detoxing Alone)

At the end of my first month of the detoxing process, I have come to the conclusion that it’s time to get some help. While professional assistance is something I programmed into my plan from day one, I have up to this point been mostly on my own. I can definitively say that, at least for me, detoxing alone has not been what I expected! A few snags I’ve hit include… Major  ...

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My Alimentary Adventure: Preparation (Week 2 Wrap-up)

While the first seven days of this journey were all about getting into the swing of things, week two was about preparation. Sounds a little backwards? Let me explain… I have decided to jump headfirst into caring for my body. That means: new dietary discoveries, all kinds of testing, getting systematic with my exercise and eating habits, and above all else finding the best ways for me to  ...

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My Alimentary Adventure: Day 7

Although I’m only a few days in, my body has already begun the process of detoxing. And while the end result, I know, will be me feeling fantastic, right now I just feel crummy. I’m going through weird swings of feeling wired then crashing. I’m hardly ever hungry (which is very unlike me). I’m thankfully not having painfully strong cravings, but that might be because  ...

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I Got Up This Morning

I got up this morning Where’s the prize for that? I put on socks that didn’t match, I brushed my hair and washed my face I even thought to rinse with mouthwash I got up this morning Can’t you be pleased with that? I tried to eat a bit of toast I drank some juice and kept it down I even ventured to the sofa It’s not that I’m a quitter It’s not that I  ...

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My Alimentary Adventure: Day 6

One of my favorite movies is the original Anne of Green Gables with Megan Follows, based on the book by Lucy Maud Montgomery. As a young girl, I was infatuated with Anne – her free spirit, extensive vocabulary, and ever-steady sense of self. I wanted nothing more than to be a brilliant, passionate, ginger-haired woman with a bright future and a firm sense of who I was and what I wanted  ...

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My Alimentary Adventure: Day 5

Today I officially signed up for Zesty Ginger’s Healthy Hormones Group program! It starts on March 14 and runs for 12 weeks, covering all three months of the AIP challenge I’ve made for myself. And right now, that means lots of time spent filling out questionnaires, waiting on test results, and figuring out how to make my diet work for me! That’s been one of the major  ...

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My Alimentary Adventure: Days 3 & 4

Sleep has been both elusive and consuming. I’ve had insomnia ever since I can remember. My therapist says that being asleep is the most vulnerable a person can be physically, and that the racing of my brain and rise in anxiety when I go to bed probably stems from feelings of not being safe when I was a child. When I was two, I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. My earliest memory  ...

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My Alimentary Adventure: Day 2

Being 100% AIP is not. easy. I’ve spent a good deal of my life being aware of what I put into my body. I don’t drink sodas but a couple times a year. I try to avoid heavily processed foods (Twinkies=scary!) But that doesn’t mean I’m used to reading every single label. If nothing else, it is extremely difficult to avoid sugar and un-AIP oils (seed oils, corn oil,  ...

  My Alimentary Adventure

My Alimentary Adventure: Day 1

Today I stepped off onto a new journey to heal my digestive tract. I’ve been reading a lot lately about the links between leaky gut, an unbalanced microbiome, and autoimmune disease. So guess what? I decided to test these connections on myself! I have been living with rheumatoid arthritis as an adult for nearly 10 years (my juvenile RA went into remission when I was four-years-old).  ...

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Do I Deserve It? Dealing with the Feelings of Brokenness in a World That Says You Must Always be Happy and Whole

Tonight I had a spectacularly eventful Friday night! By which, I mean I went to Trader Joe’s, made cauli-alfredo with quinoa fusilli, and settled in to watch a movie. I chose Return to Me with Minnie Driver and David Duchovny. In addition to Minnie Driver being one of my absolute favorite actresses (a master at her craft), I also remembered thinking of this