Back to basics

I am write this new blog post and adding a new category to my blog this week called “Back to Basics” because I think it is time to get back to the basics. I have wanted to live on a farm since I was a small child and have been talking about living a sustainable lifestyle since I was 21 years old. That is a long time to be dreaming of something and not accomplishing it. Jump on board with the thousands of people who have homesteads and farms so that you too can live a happier, healthier lifestyle by getting back to the basics.

The basics I am referring to are growing your own food in your own garden for starters. In the next year my goal is to have a garden, buy a horse and build a big barn.  I want cattle, chickens, a dog, a couple of amazing mousers (I already have my cat Lucy who rocks at mousing) and of course room to grow and to expand the variety of living things I may want in the future! Like goats and sheep…

To me self-sufficiency and living a sustainable life is by far the healthiest choice a human-being can make! Viewing the direction the world is going for the past couple of decades, the ones who choose this lifestyle will survive and be the remaining few.

Growing your own garden

In growing your own garden you know what is in the earth, fertilizer used and how they were grown. I’ve chosen herlium seeds and will save seeds when I harvest the fruits and vegetables I grow. You are in control of what goes in your gut. Using natural ingredients to tame weeds and get rid of pests that way you know your family is safe eating every single food item you put on the kitchen table from your own garden.

Growing a homestead

I want to have the best homestead I can create and already have plans under way for this amazing next phase of my life. I am very excited and want to bring my experiences and learning to you to inspire you to do the same. When living with autoimmune diseases the way you have to eat can get very expensive and this is a great way to save money, working on bettering yourself in so many ways and being outside in nature is just an added bonus.

Growing a new lifestyle

What you set your mind on doing you can accomplish. Start with a plan and work towards it. If you want it bad enough and run your own life the goal is attainable. To me self-sufficiency and living a sustainable life is by far the healthiest choice a human-being can make! Viewing the direction the world is going for the past couple of decades, the ones who choose this lifestyle will survive and be the remaining few.

 

In the depths of IBD

Healing Crohns Disease Naturally

I wrote this post when I was bedridden with chronic pain from Crohn’s disease. This is a summation of what my blog offers an individual who has been diagnosed with Crohns and/or Colitis who wants to avoid prescription drugs and surgery like I have.  Also, for individuals who have been suffering a long time and want their life back. Finding healing naturally will change your life!

I know that when in a flare the stigma has us all pegged as needing a bathroom asap, that we have diariah all the time, that Crohns Disease and Ulcerative Colitis is all about bowel movements. When symptoms are present it’s like this to a degree but it’s about so much more!

Pain, pain and more pain! Chronic pain! Iritis pain, debilitating arthritis pain, mouth ulcers, debilitating pain in small intestine, colon and bowel. Debilitating weakness and utter exhaustion, weight lose/gain, constipation, diarrhea, and liver or bladder pain.

Our immune system is weakened, leaky gut syndrome is usually the cause. When your immune system tries to fight off the invading microorganism, an abnormal immune response causes the immune system to attack the cells in the digestive tract.

  • Colon, bowel and small intestine pain. The pain often is described as cramping and intermittent, and the stomach may be sore when touched. Pain may turn to a dull, constant ache as the condition gets worse.
  • Fever or other symptoms that affect the entire body may develop. A high fever may mean that you have an infection, such as an abscess, inflammation or infection.
  • Weight loss. Ongoing symptoms, such as diarrhea, can lead to weight loss.
  • Too few red blood cells (anemia). People with Crohn’s disease develop anemia because of low iron levels caused by bloody stools or the intestinal inflammation itself.
  • Small tears in the anus (anal fissures) that may go away, but come back again.
  • Inflammation of skin, eyes and joints
  • Inflammation of the liver or bile ducts
  • Delayed growth In children
  • Diarrhea is a common problem for people with Crohn’s disease. Intensified intestinal cramping also can contribute to loose stools.
  • Abdominal pain and cramping. Inflammation and ulceration can affect the normal movement of contents through your digestive tract and may lead to pain and cramping. You may experience anything from slight discomfort to severe pain, including nausea and vomiting.
  • You might notice bright red blood in the toilet bowl or darker blood mixed with your stool. You can also have bleeding you don’t see (occult blood).
  • Mouth sores: ulcers in your mouth similar to canker sores.
  • Reduced appetite and weight loss. Abdominal pain and cramping and the inflammatory reaction in the wall of your bowel affects both your appetite and your ability to digest and absorb food.
  • Perianal disease: pain or drainage near or around the anus due to inflammation from a tunnel into the skin (fistula).
  • Higher risk of colon cancer
  • Depression
  • Brain function altered
  • organs shutting down
  • muscle wasting

Holistic healing

  • ayruveda
  • breathing
  • meditation
  • Homeopathy
  • Biofeedback
  • Sho-Tai
  • Dosha – vata, pitta and kapha

Diet changes

  • Against All Grain
  • Whole30
  • AIP Autoimmune Paleo
  • SCD Specific Carbohydrate Diet
  • Bone broth
  • Collagen
  • Pre & probiotics

All the above support the gut! *please note that all or almost all meat bought in stores have been treated with antibiotics, hormones and fed grains, this also pertains to eggs (post more about this coming soon.) which are triggers for IBD.

I can’t believe how many people with Crohns and Colitis don’t get that the foods we eat affect our digestive track. Obviously, if our Crohns is flared you have ulcers in either your small intestine, colon and bowel and possibly your stomach and mouth. Having Colitis the ulcers are in the lining of your colon so, it makes sense that what we eat is having an affect on our GI Track.

Other important lifestyle changes

  • Sleep, sleep and more sleep
  • Rest, take naps when you need them
  • Drink water
  • Walking, yoga, exercise
  • Find gratitude in every day
  • Modalities
  • Chakras
  • Self care, love yourself (be kind and respectful of your body)
  • Mind, body and spirit balance
  • Vitamins
  • Other holistic remedies
    • remove stresses from your life
    • grain free, gluten free, alkaline based diet
    • removal of sugar, legumes, dairy, and night shades
    • also avoid sulfites, msg, carrageenan and artificial additives
  • Minerals
  • Mindfulness
  • Homemade foods….go back to the basics

This is a personal view of how I live my life and what I have done to change my lifestyle. Specifically, when in a flare and recovery.

One of the most important lifestyle changes I made was to remove negative aspects from my life. In order for healing to begin I had to remove toxic people, change my work and living environment and focus solely on myself.

Nothing in my life was working. It all had to go! Best decisions I ever made!

Spring has finally arrived and I can’t wait to get outside more to absorb vitamin D and get some colour on my blinding white legs. 😉

Happy Friday!

Light Love & Peace ~Andrea

Never Defined

I’ve never played the victim to my illnesses. My daughter said to me a couple of years ago `You are not defined by anyone or anything. “ I had two thoughts; one I had never thought about it before and wow that is a major statement coming from a 20 year old. Playing the victim to an illness is not helping your situation, in fact it is making it worse. Having that mentality is detrimental to your health. When I first started on social media about this last Crohns flare it was for one reason only, to let others know they are not the only one, that others are struggling and going through the grieving and healing process too.

As I posted and my followers grew I followed them too. But then I realized that almost everyone of them who was dealing with autoimmune disorders were sucky, poor me, look what happened to me now. This victim mindset was prevalent on more accounts than not. It was toxic. It disgusted me. I unfollowed every single one of them because it brought me down, it made me think this isn’t how this should go, why would you let others see you being weak and pathetic. I’m not like that I can’t watch this happen. I’m strong, I’m a fighter, I don’t back down. Never have!

So, for all you who have an autoimmune disease(s) I am a fact based person, here you will find my journey to figure out how to get from almost dying to healthy and beyond. And most importantly, to never ever let that happen again!

I think it is important for people to know the facts, to hear what happens to others so that we can learn and so that maybe I can help someone avoid what I’ve gone through. At 17 I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in Toronto, Ontario by a specialist. At that time I was told to go on disability. I refused. I’m a fighter I’m not going to be labeled at such a young age. I am not giving in to disease, I’m not a quitter and I most definitely did not want people looking down at me. Wasn’t gonna happen! I’m still not on disability even as my diseases multiple but you know what I can see that I will have to at some point and there is nothing wrong with that. But at that young age all I could see was people would take over my life, that they would have control over me. And I’m glad I didn’t at that time.

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We don’t have to be victims to our circumstances, to illness, to diseases. Speaking our truth is different, it’s telling the facts, educating and advocating. Advocacy for ourselves, for others, for disease, for healing and for strength. So, please don’t mistake the content in my posts as playing the victim or wanting sympathy or attention. If you knew me you would know that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Thoughts become words which become actions. Being a victim is hard for me to understand so I had to do a little research.

Victim: One who is harmed by or made to suffer under a circumstance or condition. Victim mentality is an acquired personality trait in which a person tends to recognize themselves as a victim of the negative actions of others, and to behave as if this were the case in the face of contrary evidence of such circumstances. Victim mentality depends on clear thought processes and attribution.

I think the worst part of playing the victim is not making changes to your life.  I have talked to many and they refuse to make changes.  If you have illness, your lifestyle is not working for you. You have to change your thinking, your lifestyle and your surroundings. We all struggle, there are far worse situations to be in that others are dealing with right now. Be a fighter, win back your life, DO THE WORK! You will get there. Don’t give up.

Tell your story! But for the right reasons. To educate, inform, advocate and to heal!

Light Love & Peace ~Andrea xo

Awareness & Sharing Our Story

Awareness to me is sharing accurate information so that people can get answers to lead them in the right directions. With this, just like everything else I’ve noticed, has conflicting information which becomes confusing at a time you are already in a state of upset, anxiety, hopeless, helpless emotions. I want to change that. I want to share my story because it’s a different path I took to healing. In sharing my story I hope to spread the word to individuals who need it the most. Learning about and being aware of natural healing and natural remedies could be a lifestyle that saves you from more suffering, masking symptoms which ultimately allows your body to continue to be malnourished and unnecessary surgery.

I’m hoping to reach as many people as possible so that others can find a path of least resistance to avoid masking symptoms and avoid surgery.  In this journey I changed my lifestyle. Obviously, the way in which I was living my life was not working.