Last week I shared Part 2 of my healing journey. To be honest, it scared the crap out of me to open up about my health struggles and it was something I had been putting out for quite some time. But I have had such an overwhelming response from many of you and it has been so touching to hear your own stories and receiving your heartfelt well wishes. It reminded me why I started this blog in the first place – to share a bit of my story to inspire and help others to create a healthier and happier life.
So…I am into week 3 of my mind, body and soul detox and I thought I would share what I have been up to. I have been regularly seeing my GP, as well as numerous specialists over the past 3 months, but I am quite frustrated about the lack of answers. So I am taking control of my own body and health and trying out many complimentary therapies to do everything I can to support my body to heal itself.
Fruit & Veggies
Every week we get a box of organic fruit and veggies from Ceres Fair Food who are a Melbourne based organic grocer and carbon neutral food delivery service. You can either get it delivered to your home for a delivery fee or they have nominated houses around Melbourne where you can pick up your box free of charge. They source local organic produce which means we are supporting local farmers and keeping our carbon footprint low. It is all organic and seasonal produce and very affordable as well. I follow the FODMAP guidelines, so I was excited to discover Ceres do a FODMAP friendly box!
FODMAPs are Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols. These fructose molecules are poorly absorbed by the small intestines with the unabsorbed fructose ending up in their large intestines where it ferments causing all kinds of gastro-intestinal symptoms. It is painful and uncomfortable let’s just say that!
Melbourne scientist Dr Sue Shepherd found that limiting high FODMAP foods was an effective treatment for people suffering from fructose malabsorption. Sometimes the guidelines seem counter intuitive and you will find yourself thinking “why can’t I eat garlic?!”, but in my experience it has worked for me!
Oh so much bone broth!
We simmer our bone broth for at least 24 hours so that the healing compounds can be leached out of the bones and into the water. Everyone should jump on board the bone broth bandwagon but especially those of us with gut absorption issues. Not only does it taste amazing and intensify the flavour of your meals, bone broth can also assist in protecting your joints, healing your gut, boosting your immune system and reducing inflammation.
My new roomie (did I mention she’s a Chef and Naturopathy student!) has shared the recipe we use at home here. Of course there is a FODMAP friendly version too! We add it to our soups, steamed rice, veggies and slow cooked meats. YUM!
According to the science of Reflexology there are reflex areas in the feet and hands which correspond to all of the glands, organs and parts of the body. Reflexology uses the thumb and fingers to stimulate the nerve endings of the feet to improves blood and nerve supply to all areas of the body. The reflex points respond to pressure, stimulating the body’s own natural healing process and promoting a sense of well being. You can read more about it here.
I have loved every session and I always walk away feel so calm, relaxed and grounded. A couple of weeks ago I felt like I was coming down with the flu and was going to cancel my session. However, my therapist recommended I still come along anyway. I felt amazing after the session and the flu never came on!
The beautiful lady who does my reflexology has also introduced me to Do Terra essential oils. I have been using them for about a month now and I absolutely love them!
Currently I am using…
On Guard: This is a protective blend of Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus and Rosemary. I simply rub a couple of drops on the soles of my feet every morning and evening. It is fantastic support for the immune system and can also help with sore throats.
Lemon: A drop in my glass of water which makes it super alkalising, refreshing and tastes yum! Lemon assists in a healthy respiratory function, promotes a positive mood and cognitive function, aids in digestion and can assist in soothing an irritated throat.
Wild Orange and Peppermint: I put a drop of each on my hands and rub together and gently inhale. I also diffuse these two oils when I am at home. This helps me wake up in the morning and any time during the day when I am feeling lethargic. Peppermint helps to clear breathing, cooling to the body and can assist with digestive discomfort. Wild orange helps to uplift your mood and to energise the mind and body. It also assists in protecting against seasonal and environmental threats.
Balance: This is my new favourite! It is a grounding blend of Spruce Needle/Leaf, Ho Wood, Frankincense, Blue Tansy Flower, and Blue Chamomile Flower. This is great for creating a sense of calm and well-being, promoting whole body relaxation and circulation, reducing stress and helping with anxiety.
I will definitely adding more essential oils to my “first aid kit” so keep your eyes peeled for more posts on essential oils and how you can use them too.
I shared in my previous post that it took me hitting rock bottom to admit that I was physically, emotionally and spiritually at rock bottom and I need a break.
And I am doing just that. This week, I am taking a week off to breathe and to rest. I am not making plans or creating a schedule for myself but I am planning on a whole lot of self-love and self-care. I will be taking some time off social media but I will share my week off with you once I return to the land of social media.
This turned out to be quite a huge blog, so stay tuned for Part 2 next week.
Choose peace. Choose love. Choose light.
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