Working Hard & Winning

Dear Audy,

On September 20th I set myself the goal of getting through my next move without allowing my diet to crash into a sugar laden heap. I can happily announced that I have achieved this! Even with the added challenge of not having a dishwasher yet and so needing to spend extra time in the kitchen cleaning, I have managed to keep eating a diet that is mostly Paleo. I really do expect my gold plated plaque to arrive any day now.

Although I don’t have a letterbox yet, so that could make deliveries difficult.

And my doorbell is busy occupying the cushions. Not that I blame him, we’re all pretty worn out around here.

Other achievements of the past week include getting those stressful thoughts under control. Or throwing them out the window, more like. Once I started looking closely at them, I realised the main proponent propelling them was just silly girl hormones. When my brain starts acting like a woman with PMS, I find it’s best to treat it like any indifferent male would – she’s just temporarily crazy, she’ll be alright again tomorrow. Most of the things my brain says in that state aren’t worth the synaptic currents driving them.

Jump to the next paragraph, gentlemen. No really, you don’t want to know this. Tampons. Ok, there they go scattering like frightened bunnies…Ladies, you have probably noticed that chronic pain can really upset hormones and that lady cycles can become irregular, more painful, unpredictable and generally more annoying. In coming off Lyrica over six months ago, I found that my body went super, super crazy in this department. It hadn’t quite gotten back to normal since. Until now. Finally a cycle with minimal PMS and cramping, with predictability and ease. I can’t help thinking that my Paleo diet has greatly influenced this; one of the terrible things that grains and sugar do to the human body is disrupt its naturally fluctuating balance of many hormones.

Since going Paleo, I have noticed a huge reduction in the amount of swelling and bloating throughout my body. Yep, even in the areas that are usually inflamed from CRPS, something that many patients and doctors believe is beyond the control of anyone. Turns out, the control isn’t all that far away from this patient’s mouth. Even my puffy, demented little toes have started to straighten out and aren’t nearly as swollen as I had grown accustomed to. This is winning, Audy, it may even be healing.

For those who have been following my posts and are interested in learning more about the Paleo lifestyle (look, I don’t really like having to name my diet, but I guess we do need to distinguish these things), I want to pass on a recommendation from a helpful commenter, Vandien. Thanks, dude!

Vandien pointed me in the direction of the Latest In Paleo podcast. I have listened to over twenty episodes of this now, it is just that fascinating. The host is fabulous, intelligent and not a die hard fanatic preacher man (like so many people that discuss health). This podcast presents interesting, health related news stories and a lot of information about lifestyle and diet. The pros and cons of different approaches to health are weighed up, conventional wisdom is challenged and a lot of fascinating ideas float through my head when I am listening. So, that’s a big thumbs up from me.

You can find it here: Latest In Paleo

Thanks to taking care of myself, I have been able to keep on moving forward and getting things done to settle into my new house. There are so very many things. Expensive things. It’s all going to take some time, but I am looking forward to getting nice and comfortable so that I can actually start focusing on things other than where I live! I feel as though I have been in transition for such a long time. It’s time to lay some roots and build a happier existence in a stable environment.

It’s also time to knuckle down and keep on healing. I want off these remaining medications, so need to keep all of my non-invasive pain management techniques flowing so that I don’t get to that awful point of complete incapacitation. No need to go back there when just being diligent with my diet and lifestyle can keep me moving in the opposite direction.

What have you been doing lately to improve your condition? Whatever your condition may be. Whatever your struggles. Whatever your burdens. We can always looks to make things better without needing to even change anything outside of ourselves. Change our attitude and everything else follows. At the crux of things, life really is that simple.

Love & Blue Ribbons,

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  • 2 thoughts on “Working Hard & Winning

    1. Emmie Dark

      Fantastic news! I can’t wait to come visit and see you all moved in. And I’m SO impressed that you managed it all and continued to cook and stay healthy. Big blue ribbons and medals to you.

      1. Hayley Cafarella Post author

        Thank you! I think that this morning marks the day that my body has decided I have officially done too many dishes. Sore shoulders!! Better get onto dishwasher shopping. Man, I wish I was one of those rich people that could just buy everything they need at once! :)

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