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Posted on: Monday, June 6, 2011
Posted on: Monday, June 6, 2011
As regular Dexterous Diva readers know, I have dabbled with the raw food lifestyle on and off to deal with the chronic, life changing symptoms of endometriosis.
Over the last few years several key people have influenced my life by planting the raw “seed” – first and foremost the formidable Shazzie, whose own blog documenting her transformation had me transfixed when I found it back in 2008. The way Shazzie’s life has rocketed is beyond all belief and she is absolutely someone who I find inspirational. I have the pleasure of meeting her soon, so expect an interview here on Dexterous Diva.
Reading Patrick Holford’s Optimal Nutrition books and this guide to healing and nutrition by Endo specialist Dian Shepperson Mills 6 years ago have also formed a firm foundation for me that nutrition is ABOSLUTELY key to a healthy body, and that my poor, sick body needs the best it can.
My lovely friend Claire from Radiance Cleanse, the amazing juice company, is a walking advert for optimal nutrition and her story of health transformation has inspired me incredibly. Suddenly, all around me there are people dabbling in the raw food life, juicing, optimal health and living life full of abundant energy which I can tell you I certainly do not have.
I literally live most days in pain, feeling drained, sore, and limited by my reserves. I am managing to achieve an awful lot in this state (Team Bangs on the Run training, my work, social life and beloved family), but I so far can only dream of what I could achieve if I felt bright, clear-headed and full of beans!
I have had drained batteries since the age of 19 when endo raised its head. I remember clearly thinking how tired I had been feeling, and in all honesty, despite up and down days I have not had my full quota of mojo for all those years.
So, why havent I made the transition completely to raw?
Well, the shift means overcoming a lot of emotional associations with eating, socially, personally, and also financially. It has always been my gripe that eating raw costs a lot of money, that it can be time-consuming to make smoothies and prep when I am part of a family of 4.
Along comes Polly, another of my much revered inspirational figures, and her Raw Food kickstart plan. Polly Noble is amazing. She is a holistic health coach and her blog is beautifully written with amazing recipes, stunning photography and personal insights.
Oh, and Polly also has cancer.
She has already beaten the big C once at the age of 24 through nutrition, and she is on that path again now.So this is someone who know about chronic health and optimal nutrition.
Polly is currently running a 7 day kickstart e course on going raw, so today is my first day. My body is feeling tired and run down so it is excellent timing for me. I am coldy, shattered, in pain from endo. Although my diet has been good recently, and I have cut out wheat and dairy, I have let a few old favourites back in like coffee and booze, both of which I know aggravate my symptoms.
This morning I woke up and had forgotten about the programme; I hadn’t been shopping for what I need from Polly’s lovely ebook and toyed with just not doing it. But, I know how much I want to feel better, and my going through this process with Polly on hand to help will help me face some of my raw demons.
I want to see how it affects my daily life and how practical eating this way is. Of huge importance too is cost. I went shopping this morning and spent £20 on food for 2 days, so it’s not cheap – I trust the benefits will keep me going.
I want to learn about real hunger to combat my weight loss in a natural way alongside my running. I want to nurture my body and give it some good stuff to help it on its way.
I will keep you posted, dear readers, on my progress.
In the meantime, this morning’s Mango and mint smoothie was really rather nice. I am looking forward to lunch
Dexterous Diva xx
Image: the fabulous Polly Noble
Posted on: Friday, February 18, 2011
So. It’s Friday 18th February and I am writing a little post to update y’all on my little journey.
This week, as you know, things took a little step back from my onwards and upwards plan. My endo pain has been bad on Tuesday and Wed, Thurs and today I am in a lot of pain and extremely fatigued.I went to bed last night at 6pm and I am still exhausted.
It is the start of London Fashion Week today. I was supposed to be in London from yesterday afternoon, and right now I am due to be having tea and gluten free cakes with my blogging crew at Bake a Boo, but instead I am jotting down a blog post in bed.
I am, as always, disappointed that I am not where I thought was going to be. But, as always, I have had to re-jig and reschedule. I am getting used to the fact that endometriosis is a fact of my life, and I am finally, FINALLY accepting that there will still be days like this for a while.
Yes, I hate letting people down. Yes, I hate cancelling. Yes, I get frustrated. Over the last couple of days however, I have been looking at what I have gained from my endo as oppsoed to what it has taken away, and it has really helped my mindset. We have our twins, which Miles and I would not have tried for as early as we did if I didn’t have endo; I have my own business, which I wouldnt have had health not played a huge part in turning my life around; I am my own boss, so when I have to re-schedule the buck stops with me; I have empathy for others in pain; I am more in tune with my body than perhaps I would be if all was hunky dory.
As I said in my earlier post, last week I cut wheat out from my diet, and this week I have added dairy exclusion to the mix – I am 100% convinced this is a major part of the fatigue I am feeling at the moment.
I don’t know much about a healing crisis – nutritionists and health people out there, please tell me – but I would think that if I am having withdrawal symptoms from a food group then pain and endo symptoms may be worse for a while? When I cut out wheat last week I had a migraine 3 days into the week and a stuffy nose which lasted for about 5 days. This week I had pain in Tuesday and have felt tired, achy, heavy limbed and headachy with a bloated abdomen all week. Attractive, no? Oh, and halfway during the week in a moment of “creativity” I dyed my hair bright pinky red. It remains to be seen if the new aquisition will stay, or wether it was merely some teenage angst coming out in the detox I need BLEACH to sort out my handiwork…
I had some lovely Tweets and emails this week from people with advice. I have been recommended a raw food and yoga specialist, an iridologist, and have been chatting to a lovely nutritionist I know through Bitch Buzz. Maybe I should give everyone a go and report back?
As Friday comes and it’s been what looks like a write off of a week, it is fantastic to realise how much other stuff I have achieved. When I am knocked out physically I can still get on and work on projects from home, and a lot of exciting things have been bubbling away under the surface.
It’s Mile’s birthday next week so we have a few days together which I am really looking forward to. The Staff are looking after the Ninos for a night too so we are escaping to a hotel for a night off which will be great. I will save cutting out sugar, caffeine and booze until after that and I need to pick the order I cut my vices down in. Any advice?
My aims this weekend are to enjoy my family, get out there and do a mummy run with the pram (my biceps are thanking me!) and to go with the flow.
In the meantime, I am pink, positive and pro active. Hope you are the same.