One Year Remission

July 2017 – 2018

This month marks one year since my Crohns flare has been in remission and I started my trek of recovery. Remission as in no more ulcers, fisculas, pain, diarrhea, bleeding and inflammation was not present from this flare. No more symptoms. Clinical Remission was reached just prior to my colonoscopy on July 24, 2017.

Even though Crohns and Colitis were in remission my body still had a lot of rebuilding to do. Remember back in the earlier posts in 2016 when I talked of organ failure e.g: skin shutting down, muscles had wasted and loss of an incredible amount of tissue throughout my body, hair loss and failure of the lungs, gut, bowel, etc.  This repairing had to take place since my gut was absorbing finally and my body was able to start recovering.

My blog is my journey from extreme illness to the the diagnosis of Crohns to reaching remission naturally. No western medicine. No surgery.  How I recovered and how I worked through the process of healing. I’ve learned so much about health and even more about myself.

Right after the colonoscopy UC was triggered either from the procedure itself or the laxatives taken for the procedure.  So, again I regressed. And again it took time to rid my body of the inflammation and then time to heal. (UC is also in remission) With natural healing of autoimmune diseases, time and patience are huge parts of the success in the journey.

You have to understand how the body heals itself, and in this process from extreme illness of disease to recovery, I have observed it first hand. In the homeopathic textbooks Hahnemann discusses how once in diseased state, the healing process of the body reverses to its natural centered state. Before I read this I had already witnessed this occurring and had documented it. My observation of the reversed order of occurring symptoms was completely part of my soul searching journey.

In illness is the old traumas that have been stored over a period of time. In order to heal the body it finds ways to resolve these traumas so that the body can be cured. It is the souls way of healing. If we were wise enough to listen to our bodies better we would have less illness, pain and suffering.

I have had set backs but I did accomplish my goal of healing naturally through what I ate, getting restorative sleep, movement, and holistic modalities.

Many milestones have been reached over the last three years which I’ve worked extremely hard to accomplish. I’m so glad to finally be on the other side of illness with all the resources I need for my future.

love light peace ~Andrea

Doshas: Seasonal Cleansing

What Is My Dosha Blueprint? Vata Pitta Kapha

When talking about doshas, instead of winter, spring, summer, and fall, the year breaks into dosha seasons.

Vata season, which is from late fall into early winter

Kapha season, from the coldest part of winter into spring

Pitta season, which includes the hottest, longest days of the year—from late spring into early fall.

Cleansing your Doshas – Gaia

My cleansing broken down:

I have done a cleanse before the start of April as I will be starting my 3rd Whole30 on April 1st. My cleanse looked something like this. A glass of water with fresh lemon juice in it first thing in the morning. (apple cider vinegar works too).  I drank one decaf coffee in the morning and roasted dandelion root tea in the evening along with a mint tea in the afternoon. The more to help with digestion the better.

Then I made sure to eat as clean as possible, watching for where the food I was purchasing was grown and avoiding all sugar, additives and preservatives, grains of all kind (rice and corn included) and minimizing the intake of coconut and almond flours.

I roasted my vegetables and cooked fruit into pies, crisps or sauces. I believe that a cleanse is to be as gentle on the gut as possible. I meditated in the evening for 10-30 minutes whichever amount of time I had available. Got as much sleep as I could, even going to bed at 9 pm a couple of times and avoided stress or conflict as best I could.

Of course I would prefer to be in different settings when doing a cleanse where there is no stress or conflict but that is impossible when you commute 45 minutes each way to work and work 40 hours a week. Do your best! And this is a great time to test your mental strength to be able to come back as fast as possible to a relaxed state after exposure.

The Whole30 is a program NOT a diet. These books can be borrowed from the library and is an amazing place to start cleaning your gut and learning about how your body works.

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What`s your dosha

I am a vata so my season for imbalance is from fall into winter but each season change I like to cleanse and start fresh it makes me feel healthier and I don`t seem to get sick with colds or flu like others do. When my energy shifts I find I lose balance in all parts of my life and that is what I want to avoid completely.  The way I see it is if I am on top of the issue of imbalance before it happens then maybe I can avoid having Crohns flares.

Eating healthy the Whole30 way is a huge advantage for me, but I also have to watch where my vegetables and fruits come from. I am concerned about some of the food that come from Mexico because when I eat some I find it triggers inflammation. (Chemicals)

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Learn what your dosha is to find balance in mind body and sprint – The Chopra Centre

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There is a lot to learn with each body type but you could be Vata/Kapha or Pitta/Vata or Kapha/Pitta, or like me 100% vata, etc. so make sure to take the test and google your dosha to get the benefits from the information online. Having a clean gut, eating healthy and knowing your Ayurveda body constitution is important for prevention of autoimmune diseases.

Andrea

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Finding balance through the Whole30

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I was listening to Melissa Hartwig on a live IG story (personal or Whole30) and one of the questions she was answering was how do I stay on the Whole30 when stress enters my life?

And in that moment I had an aha! moment. It’s BALANCE! This is definitely something I need to hear. I find the hardest thing in my life is to keep my balance.

I listened to the answer and it seemed so obvious yet I have been struggling with this since I was 18 when I left home for college.  Living at home upnjntil then with my parents there was always healthy food, meals that were planned and prepared every night.  That kept me aligned.

I lose balance so easily, it could be as simple as a few missed hours of sleep the night before or anything new like a move or job and when stress enters my life. Any of these occur and I fall apart and everything goes to shit!

I finally figured it out. It’s as simple as food! The Whole30 program is not a diet.  It is learning how to meal plan, shop, cook and eat for your body. It’s also more than that, it’s a community, feeling positive about food freedom and figuring out how food fits into your life.

Taking this information in as Melissa was saying something like; even when stress enters your life keep food as a routine. Then I won’t lose balance. THAT’S IT!  I literally wanted to yell from the rooftops that I figured it out, point to my cell phone and say look….This is me! This is it! Right here!

The Whole30 has taught me a lot about food, myself and how food fits into my life. It’s been a process and I think everyone should know it’s within you to learn and figure out. It takes the amount of time it takes. There is no time limit or certain mile stones or markers.

The battle with food is personal and individual. AND it goes much deeper than food.  It reaches the inner most depths of the mind, of the soul.  It’s a learning experience of the past and sets you free!

For me it’s cravings when I start to become unbalanced. My unhealthy food relationship is controlling my food intake when the number in the scales says 5 pound gained.  The instant I notice this happening I stop eating properly and that spins me into a horrible cycle of little amounts of nutritional foods and small quantities. I’ve narrowed it down to being entirely stress related.

When I lose balance everything falls to pieces and then once that shift happens everything slides out of control. Once I let my food routine go out the window it affects every part of my life. My sleep, my health, my brain and gut function. All I want is balance but I dislike routine so that’s why I’ve struggled with this for so long. By not sticking to the routine of meal plans, shopping, eating and cooking I ultimately sabotage my health.

Its the worst feeling to go from cooking and eating healthy, feeling well and in balance, to my body shutting down and spiraling out of control.  When this happens I would feel terrible but didn’t know why. I would be craving chips and chocolate and eating little else. No wonder I just kept going down hill. And when I didn’t see it or realize what the answer was I wouldn’t know how to stop it from happening.

Keeping the meal plan simple and whole30 I feel my best and I don’t lose balance. This is seriously THE best aha moment I’ve had and I’m so glad I found the answer to the biggest issue in my life. Knowing how to keep my balance on a consistent basis is a tremendous relief. Now the work begins to keep this aligned until it becomes a habit!

Everything Whole30

I lose balance in the fall/winter transition but I like to do an overhaul in the winter/spring transition too.  (I also do a cleanse in March) I am planning on doing a WHOLE30 starting April 1st.  If you are interested in joining me follow my One Gutsy Lady Facebook page for support, advise and to have fun with the program.

Here are the links for the Whole30 program.

What is the Whole30?

Whole30 Program Rules

Have you tried or completed a Whole30? What was the outcome? I’d love to hear your experiences in the comments.

Let’s do the Whole30 together! It’s free! Join me on Facebook  @onegutsylady

~Andrea

Get to know the Clean Fifteen & Dirty Dozen!

4DD62057-8127-4612-9A61-6E15B1190419It’s important to clean your gut to avoid autoimmune disorders and if you have autoimmune disease(s) already.

Inflammation is the word for the movements that are all around us now. Eliminate inflammation for optimal health! A great way to start to clean your gut is to shop the dirty dozen and the clean 15 lists when buying fruits and vegetables.
Ultimately, growing our own would be the most healthiest knowing what environment these were grown in but not many of us can live with such a privilege.

Here are the ewg.com (EWG) Environmental Working Group dirty dozen and clean 15 lists to assist in avoiding harmful chemicals in the produce aisles. A good way to think about these choices is the clean 15 have the lowest levels of pesticides used ~ thin skin organic, thick skin non-organic.

 

Note: Green beans and kale are moving up on the most sprayed list.