My Alimentary Adventure

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 challenges for me in the last nine years since my rheumatoid arthritis (RA) returned. I want to be healthy, and I want to live as normal a life as I can. At the same time, though, I have rebelled again and again against the limitations that my health needs have placed on my life. Staying up late, eating foods I know will upset my GI tract, not getting enough water or exercise, drinking too much alcohol, putting too much stress on my plate – I’ve done it all. And each time, my body has pushed back. I’ve been angry, depressed, and confused with my health, and I’ve spent a lot of time blaming or even ignoring my physical limitation.

When I decided to go on this journey to wellness, I also decided to change how I thought about my chronic illness. Instead of thinking about the limitations that RA and the eye problems causes by Stevens Johnson syndrome have put on my life, I would think about the goals I have set for myself. I am getting a Ph.D. in political science. I want to be a researcher and writer. I know that to achieve these goals and live my fullest life, I need to be healthy. To be healthy, I need to have a regular sleep schedule, eat certain foods while avoiding others, exercise regularly, and drink plenty of water. By changing how I think about my health – making it about what I can do instead of what I can’t – I have taken back control from my chronic illness.

I have made being healthy an action rather than a reaction.

March 5, 2017

Today I ate:

  • Breakfast – hickory smoked bacon and baked sweet potato hashbrowns
  • Lunch – baked salmon, roasted purple sweet potato, and baked kale
  • Snack – gelatin gummies
  • Dinner – spring mix salad with marinated beef heart

Today I exercised:

  • not at all…

Today I felt: Productive

I might not have moved much today, but I got a lot of work done. My students are taking their second exam this week, so I’ve been prepping for that.

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