I had planned another post but I really can't wrap my head around it but here are my brief thoughts about being defined by conditions/diseases:
As some of you know, I have Cerebral Palsy. I've had it all my life. Cerebral Palsy is "a disorder of movement, muscle tone or posture that is caused by an insult to the immature, developing brain, most often before birth" (Read more: Mayo Clinic). There are different types and different levels in which Cerebral Palsy can manifest in someone. For me, no matter how hard I try I cannot walk normal like some of you. I walk with a slight limp, and at times, it seems like my left foot is tip toeing. My walking has gotten better since my surgeries but I still don't walk like everyone else. I have been bullied, stared at, teased, pointed at, ignored, and yes, even discriminated against. This has happened all of my life. I did let it get to me for awhile. I was depressed, crying and wishing I was "normal" until one day I just snapped out it and realized that I am not defined by Cerebral Palsy. The same goes for Gluten Intolerance. I just won't be defined by these things. I see myself as a human first and everything else comes second. I see myself as a person with a story and a journey. So yeah, see yourself as an awesome human being first.
Now, I have to discuss some things that I have been monitoring for awhile.
How's my health?
Simple answer: Not so swell.
I have been monitoring the following things for 5 months:
- Stress Level
- Menstrual Cycle
- Sleep Pattern
For several weeks now I have been noticing that I get tired and irritated very easily. I mean very. A noise, a comment, etc. Catch me at the right moment and you might find me ranting or really biting my tongue or you'll find me in bed taking a nap. It's not all the time but it's kind of crazy and I'm tired of going on that roller coaster.
Things have been getting progressively worse to the point I had to start taking naps in the middle of the day. I am not a nap person and now I take naps because my body turns into a melted slushie. If I don't take a nap, I am a tired mess. This is really why I started revamping everything and looking into new lifestyles because something isn't working and I just need to step back and get it together. I am also well aware that I am doing a lot of evaluation and overhauling but I am becoming aware of my body and its needs. There will be tweaks to all of this along the way.
When I started making recipes out of The Blender Girl Cookbook plus adding some meat...I actually started feeling better. My skin began to clear up, my energy was coming back. I say was because I had to go ruin it with pizza and stuff. So here I am ready to kick some foods out of my life for good, adjust how I live my life, and start to incorporate a new integrative lifestyle--pulling from different lifestyles and schools of nutrition to get healthier. Will it be easy? No. Will it be quick? No. Will it be worth it? Yes.
Here I go.
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