I know I've been quite scarce around here lately, and I feel like I owe you all an explanation as to why I've been so quiet.
Mainly, I've just hit a very low spot as far as my health goes. I sleep in very late in the mornings and spend the rest of the day trying to take care of the basics of feeding myself and the kids and straightening up the house so that it's not a complete disaster when my husband gets home.
During the kids' naptime I generally end up needing some more sleep myself.
I'll be all right, though. The doctor I am seeing is everything I have been looking for, and we are slowly working through everything. My body was so nutritionally depleted due to hormone disruption and poor digestion. All the healthy food I was eating was not doing me much good because I just wasn't absorbing the nutrients. I truly believe she's got me on the right track to getting all that resolved; it's just going to take some time. And so often with things like this, you get worse before you get better. It's just the body's natural response to clearing itself of all the built up toxins. I've definitely spent the past couple weeks pretty near the bottom, so I'm hoping that the only way I have to go from here is up!
I'm not exactly thoroughly excited about a lot of the dietary restrictions. She made me take an ALCAT test for those who are familiar with that, and there are a whole slew of things I can't eat for at least 6 months. Meals have been a challenge so far, but once these things are removed from my system, she is confident that I will feel a million times better. I know it will be worth it, but honestly I have felt like giving up. I used to like food, and now so many of the things I enjoy have been taken away! So many of the things on my “approved” list are things I dislike. But, it's not good to eat the same few things all the time either, so I have to force myself to include as much variety as I can even if things aren't my favorite. I tolerate eating now rather than enjoying it.
I'm not saying all this to complain or try to make anyone feel sorry for me. I'm choosing to do this for my own sake and the sake of my family. I'm just being honest and telling you that it's not always easy. One day I hope I will be able to blog from “the other side” and tell you how worth it it was. Until then, I've got to stick with this thing!
Please tell me:
Are you in the same boat with me – trying to get a handle on your health? We're in this together!
Are you “on the other side” – please offer encouragement for those of us who have a long way to go!
Are you somewhere in the midst of your journey? Let us know how it's going!
Are you thinking about getting into the boat, but aren't sure whether you're ready to commit? Let us know; maybe we can help!