I know this picture has nothing to do with gluten free living, but my mother-in-law took it and it was just too cute to not share. So there it is, Happy New Year from my dog, Gatsby.
This time of year always gets me thinking and reflecting on where I am in life. They always say the new year is a time for fresh beginnings and rebirth. I like to make new year's resolutions, but have learned over the years that to achieve them and be successful they need to be realistic and attainable goals. So this year my goal is to just be the best that I can be Body, Mind and Spirit.
I started early by joining a yoga studio by my house in November and now attend three-four times a week. I've found the regular meditation and stretching do wonders for my stress relief and my body now actually craves it when I've missed a day. I'm even enjoying playing around with positions and poses I never imagined I'd be able to do. It's fun and most importantly, it's made me trust and believe in my body again. I no longer feel weak or broken. My body can be pushed and I can be strong.
I'm also in a state of transition with my health again. I've been seeing an acupuncturist since last August who has helped me tremendously. And to take it one step further, I've also decided to undergo treatment with a holistic internist. I saw her for the first time right before Christmas. It was an interesting experience that forced me to open my mind to an alternative approach to medicine. She performed muscle testing on me to diagnose the root of my problems rather than just the symptoms. Here is some info on what muscle testing entails- Muscle Testing.
What I liked about her diagnosis is that she feels things can be reversed and quality of life can be improved. It's not just here take this pill for life and feel ok, but not great. Instead she has prescribed a temporary treatment plan that requires an assortment of herbs, supplements, detoxifiers etc that will reset my system entirely. I'm happy to report that after only two weeks on it, I already feel substantially better.
I guess the lesson I have learned from all of this and wanted to share is that oftentimes many of us diagnosed with chronic health issues begin to forget over time what life used to be like or what it felt like to be healthy. We adapt and submit and begin to accept the lot that's been dealt to us. Rumbles in the tummy? Well, that's just a normal part of life. Headaches? Muscle and Joint pain? Poor sleep? That's just a side effect of celiac and auto-immune... But it doesn't have to be that way. There are alternative options and by opening our minds and trying new things we can take control over our health and learn to trust our bodies again. If anyone wants more information about acupuncture or the holistic internist, feel free to contact me and I'll share. Happy New Year everyone!