Not always a picture of health...
This was my first baby in the pictures above. I gained a typical amount of weight, but I look at the pictures and I look half dead- happy, but lifeless. Tired, but wired and stressed!
My daughter rarely slept, and I was one of those mothers who was determined to DO IT ALL & DO IT PERFECT. I was intense about work too. And to top that off, I am personally very rewarded by helping others, which means forgetting about my own needs.
Work/ Family Balance? What about YOU? What about health?
I had put my health first for most of my life, but suddenly I put work and family ahead of that. I lost myself in the intricate balance of work and family. Health wasn't even in that equation!
When my daughter was one, I was beginning to feel awful. I was eating right, for the most part, lost baby weight, and my body appeared fine. But I lost sight of the damage that stress does on the inside. I wasn't sleeping much either, maybe 1-3 hours. I traded my corporate career for part-time freelance work, thinking that would ease the stress, but it increased the money stress.
Certainly I wasn't the first stressed mom. In fact that phrase dipped in and out of my mind often, making me feel guilty for not handling my load as well as I should. Comparing ourselves to others does real damage too. I looked at how much other moms seemed to accomplish. My best friend thrived on stress. I never once thought, perhaps they have more support. Perhaps they were not me!
By the time my daughter's second birthday party rolled around, I put a smile on and awaited test results for one of a few autoimmune illnesses I could have. That afternoon, before the party ended, I found out I had Rheumatoid Arthritis.
The arthritis got bad- couldn't walk and needed help dressing kind of bad. I've had it 7 years now and all along I've been cracking the code of mind-body techniques that affect health. It's more than looking slim- it's about energy, vitality, and an overall importance and commitment to health.
The way food works in my body has been a huge realization for me! I thought I ate healthy, but even so-called healthy foods can aggravate my arthritis. This proves we are so unique in our health needs. Like I said, others are not me...and others are not you.
Because I have a specific illness, a food intolerance blood test helped identify my specific needs (ALCAT test: Food sensitivity is a non-IgE allergy characterized by the measurement of IgG antibodies specific to antigenic food proteins. This IgG food allergy is a delayed hypersensitivity reaction in which symptoms appear anywhere from hours to days after eating the offending food.) Others will do just fine by incorporating more fruits and veggies and less sugar and salt as a general rule.
It pays to know your body so you can take care of your health.
I now know what aggravates the mind and body (this is what I share here on my site). Stress, and various foods affect everyone differently, but the mind/body balance should take precedence over the work/family balance. The mind and body take care of everything else!
Health honors all aspects of your life!
Get your mind right & get your body right!
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