The symptoms were evident...but instead of heeding their warnings, I just crossed my fingers and hoped they would go away. They only got worst.
For those of you who know me well, you know i've suffered through some pretty rough flare ups connected to my ulcerative colitis diagnosis 13 years ago. At this stage, I know what I need to do when symptoms appear:
- get more sleep than usual (8-9 hours)
- exercise (less high impact, more yoga and strength training)
- meditate (min 10min/day)
- up my diet game (stop colouring outside the lines so much! this means adhering to a more strict paleo-like diet as I have been doing for about 8 years now)
- supplement with supplements - high potency probiotics, anti-inflammatories and gut mucosal lining support
...but most importantly, address ongoing sources of stress (if possible) and don't be too hard on myself.
So here I am, shaking my head because I should know better. But i'm also human. I live and learn and sometimes, need to re-learn the same lessons a few times over before I really get it.
So sunday prep day is back in full swing. The best way for me to stay on track, food-wise, during the week is to make sure I've got plenty of nutritious, anti-inflammatory and easy to digest foods stocked up in the fridge. On today's menu:
- simple baked chicken thighs
- chicken bone broth (great for supporting the guts mucosal layer)
- vegetable soup (easy to digest vegetables)
- kombucha (with turmeric and ginger)
- cubbed canteloupe
- sliced kabocha squash (ready for the bbq)
This post is Part I of a series of blog posts addressing each one of my "go to" healing essentials (sleep, exercise, meditation, food and supplements) outlining why each is so important to providing me with sustained relief from what doctors once told me would be something I couldn't control without prescription medications.
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