STOP THE CAR!!!
After an amazingly hot weekend away at a family cottage, swimming, boating, fishing, water skiiing, swan floating lol on the 5 hour ride home I ran into trouble with my tummy and this statement was NOT what my hubby wanted to hear!
Who else out there quietly silences themselves when your body and mind are screaming at you – NO!
“I’ll be fine…” or “I don’t want to inconvenience anyone…”
Our family has made a huge shift in our life at HOME — that Ive still struggled with being away from home, especially when visiting or traveling.
I truly paid for it and was reminded how crucial healthy eating is no matter what I need to do to eat healthy. Our food when away was wonderful, kids got slightly over charged on sugar at a group picnic we went to – however it was manageable. Being ADHD parents we know the effects, we recognize the signs and we are educating the kids more and more on WHY these things aren’t great for them or us and must be consumed in moderation.
For many years, even before I met my husband, I struggled with my digestive system. I struggled however I felt so ashamed and embarrassed and I also didn’t know how to handle it. For over 30 years of my life I struggled off and on. Most of those years in complete silence because I felt weird and not normal.
What I have learned alot about in these past 4+ years is that gut health is absolutely crucial to our overall health physically and mentally.
On our 5 hour drive home from our family’s cottage we stopped to eat… we had our dog with us so it couldn’t be a sit down restaurant so I literally said “f*** it just go there…”
No word of a lie in less than 15 minutes after finishing eating a chicken burger and about 15 fries I was in major trouble… NOT a good feeling when you are on a highway and literally feel like you are going to explode and are in excruciating pain. TMI perhaps… however for many of us this is real life.
I set myself aside, I put my personal needs and the health of my family aside because we just needed to stop somewhere to get food – which by the way is not real food. We thankfully arrived at another fast food place where I was able to go in and use the facilities. We had to make additional stops before we made it home. I however was still dealing with the pain and discomfort well into the entire next day and night.
At that moment in the van while driving I wasn’t even thinking straight, I was so uncomfortable and pissed off at myself for doing that and my touch kit was buried in my suitcase in the far back of the van… We got home, I got oils ALL over me and pulled out my pro-biotics… which were empty! Amazing planning on my part… However I had just stocked up on the kids pro-biotics which… let me tell you took me right back to my child hood in a flash! Do you remember the pixie sticks and fun dip lol. Yum they seriously taste that good but without the sugar… win win for me (and our kids 😉 )! These along with my TerraZyme digestive enzymes,, digest zen oil and zendocrine oil have been a life saver for me this entire week. Its not just a day or couple day thing when I have flare ups like this… I have had to be so damn careful for the entire week as my guts were suddenly very sensitive again. The PB Assist Jr are not just for kids… they are super yummy for adults too 😉
What Ive learned about my health – just before oils entered our life – is I cannot eat any reheated starches – potatoes of any kind, pasta, rice… if I do this is what happens. Ive learned to listen to my body, to hear what it is telling me. However sometimes I quiet that voice in me, most times to go with the flow of others around me when in reality this is hurting me more. What I have re-committed to myself this week is standing firm in my voice, in my health and in my belief’s. Knowing in my heart that the choices Ive made and need to make for my health is for me to be my best self.
After an incredibly heart filling summer thus far, my family is home in our own oasis for the weekend to relax and recharge to enjoy the rest of the summer into the fall. My guts are back to feeling how they should be and I am inspired and ready for all the amazing things to come ❤
Follow your heart and spread your wings and fly!