New Year, New You (With Less Endo Pain!)
New Year, New You (With Less Endo Pain!)
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Getting my mind back in health mode is proving difficult. I had kicked most of my gluten cravings but indulging has brought back the desire for all things wheat. Drinking coffee again was wonderful, especially when shared with the hubby, but I know what continuing that habit will bring- inflammation, digestion cramps, loads of time in the bathroom. No thank you, Magical Drink of the Gods. I rather like my morning not spent in swollen pain or on the toilet. So now, the fun part. Cutting myself off again. While not quite back to square one, I am definitely resetting my body to a healthier state by planting a few seeds for healing...
A huge reason for my health's 180 has been my dietary changes. I don't think of how I eat as a diet as a diet in the traditional sense ends. This is my new way of eating for life. Now yes, there will always be times when I am presented with a "cheat" and I will take it. After all, the occasional cocktail will not kill me, but overall this a dietary lifestyle. I need to focus more on keeping as true to my plan as possible.
You and I both owe it to ourselves to fuel our body with foods that heal, not inflame.
Now, back to endo talk and stagnate blood. The Qi/endometriosis link is simple. The belief is your blood is stagnate in your pelvic region and needs somewhere to go. It can't leave in the proper fashion (menstruation), so it forms adhesions, cysts and everything endo. Now, I will eventually share more information on Qi stagnation, its effect on endometriosis and studies done treating endometriosis with Traditional Chinese Medicine, but since most of my info is in books, for now here is a quick link on the Qi/Endo connection.
Bottom line, I need to move more and if you have endo, you do too, even when it sucks to do so.
Chronic illness is hard on any person. Regardless of your chronic condition, you need to let your body have time to rest, recover and heal. Don't let others decide how much you need to rest.
Listen to your body and rest when you need to.
I wanted to start loving my body again. I HAD to start loving my body again. I have 4 scars from my surgery on my stomach. I thought I would never strip in the light for my hubby to see me ever again because they are so obvious. I lost my breasts. I lost my booty. I lost the things that made me feel feminine. But I said "No more." Now I do squats in front of the mirror in the bathroom. And I am only in my birthday suit. That's right. I do naked squats and I don't care who knows it. I force myself to look, really look at my body. And you know what? I love it now. I love my curves, my tiny breasts, less than perky butt (but working on that one with the squats) and everything else. Even my scars are now part of my story and I embrace them. I once again see myself as the sexy woman my hubby sees when he looks at me.
So in 2018, I am going to focus on loving my body completely. And you should too.
(Side note, I just signed up as a presenter with Younique products because so many of their products are gluten-free.)*
Also, it's time to toss your toxin-filled tampons and pads. (Notice I said "toxin-filled" not "chemical-filled." Please do not confuse chemicals with toxins. Elements combine and create chemicals. Water is a chemical. Toxins are those bad chemical compounds like pesticides used to spray cotton that becomes your tampons.) I switched to a Diva cup back before my surgery, however since my surgery, my bits aren't much for things going inside them and to be honest, after reading about Qi and blood backflow, I don't even want anything that hinders the natural blood flow going out/down. So now I use reusable cloth pads. It took a bit to get used to and yeah, sometimes it is a little inconvenient. However, considering the one time I used a disposable pad after switching, I ended up with insane cramps and so I tossed the rest.
TL;DR - ditch your toxin-filled beauty and hygiene products for natural, health alternatives.
Additionally, this means not only letting go of what other's think, but finding ways to reconnect. I use journaling, drawing, meditation, and earthing to reconnect to myself and spirit. I speak to the universe and my ancestors regularly. I pray when I feel the need or desire. I smudge. I chant. I walk on the beach (even during this freezing cold). I garden. I find ways that make me feel whole on a soul-ular level. I remind myself that I was created from the same elements that make up the stars.
I am magical. And so are you. So get out there and reconnect with yourself.
So if you are ready for a change in 2018, start with these tips! And let me know how you are planting your own seeds for healing in the comments!
2018 has big ideas for Simply Endo Life! I'm currently working on a new program to help all my #endosisters tackle their endometriosis naturally as well as creating an online support group and offering 1 on 1 coaching. Sign up to get notified of all of Simply Endo Life's news and new posts and together let's kick endometriosis's butt in 2018!