I'm truly surprised my body can function at all, it's been through so much since summer 2014. The amount of stress I've been under and all the emotions I've had to swallow down and hide--instead of being able to release and express them--has made me grateful my body hasn't imploded. Yet, perhaps it has, in part, on a cellular level; I can see and feel the result of years of stress on minute levels: my skin has aged tremendously since I left Key West (stress, high cortisol); my hair has gotten thinner and thinner (decreased thyroid function, high cortisol, reproductive hormonal changes), though it's still abundant and grows very fast, so at least I'm not losing any hair; my periods have fluctuated like a tsunami can change a landscape (peri-menopause); my energy has waned (stress, fear, excess cortisol, hormonal shifts, thyroid); my weight has fluctuated 10-15 pounds multiple times in two years (ditto); and, I have experienced the worst depressive period of my life this winter (circumstances, bad relationship, stress, loss of power, unemployment, fear, etc.). Finally, as I come out of months of a profound darkness, I am realizing the shifts I have been going through in life, physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually.
I have revived my inner-intellect, moved beyond fear to acceptance and empowerment, and assessed what the heck has been going on with my body! I am re-reading herbals from Susun Weed, and researching symptoms. I am utilizing trusted sources to self-diagnose since I have no access to medical care: Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. Ben Kim, Dr. Vasant Lad, Dr. Carrie Demers. I am changing my diet, exercise patterns, and utilizing herbal remedies. I am reincorporating tools that are proven: meditation, pranayama (breathing exercises), herbal medicine, journaling (to address the issues I've had to bury for two years), and accepting where I am and who I am instead of struggling so much (acceptance is a prime factor in the ability to regain self-empowerment and then move forward!)!
The first thing I've done (or rather, continued to do, but with more regularity and by adding two new ones) is drink herbal infusions. I've been lucky enough that Susun Weed has actually responded to several of my queries and comments on her FB page (wow!)! I've received direct wisdom and Green Blessings from this Wise Woman! I have also raced through three of her books (I've owned and read all of them years ago): Down There, Menopausal Years, and Healing Wise.
Changes I've made most recently:
*haven't started these two yet
I'm beginning to realize how resilient I am, how resilient my body is. I know I can heal my Self; I have the tools, knowledge, and wisdom. It's just about realizing again that I do have the power and taking action! Yay!
** Sugar stats for you:
Women should have no more than 25 gr. of sugar per day!
19 gr. of sugar in one apple,
13 gr. in one sweet potato,
8 oz orange juice has 22 gr sugar,
1 cup 2 % milk has 11 gr sugar!
Sugar doesn't "cause" cancer, but is a contributing factor if you are eating more than 25 gr of sugar!
Source of factual nutritional data: