Many of us start a New Year with resolutions. In the past, I’ve shied away from this practice, because I always fail at reaching my goals. This year, I’m actually writing out my resolutions to make myself more accountable.
As I said on New Years Day, my goals are to eat a healthy diet and get back to Physical Therapy. The Physical Therapy goal sounds easy, right? All you must do is call the therapist’s office and schedule an appointment. Oh, I wish it were that simple. My last appointment was just prior to me weaning myself off of Topamax. This process lasted 8 weeks, and made me sicker than I thought it would.
That 8 weeks led me into the holidays, and I still didn’t get back to therapy. Every tiny bit of energy I had, was spent getting through the holiday season. Also, my dizziness and nausea make me dread trying to work through these exercises. All I feel like doing is being a couch potato. But, I’m calling the therapist anyway. Maybe, starting with just a few minutes at a time will work. Building up my endurance will probably take time.
Changing what you eat isn’t too hard if you’re healthy. But, when you have Mast Cell disorder, it’s super tough. I have many foods that I can’t eat. Eating them causes stomach upset or even anaphylaxis. My goal this year is to cook and eat without, dairy, gluten and sugar. This means I have to find recipes that don’t have these ingredients.
Dropping sugar from my diet sounds very hard. Any sudden, drastic changes in my diet lead to what some people call detoxification. I know it causes something, because if I stop sugar completely, nausea will be severe. This also happens if you would try to stop coffee cold-turkey; you would get a headache.
When I was pregnant and losing pregnancies because of anaphylaxis, my doctor told me to not try to limit sugar or any food that I was used to eating. He didn’t want my body to go through any sudden changes during this very stressful time to my body.
So, my dietary changes will be gradual. I’ve already begun cutting out gluten and dairy. I use Stevia for sweeteners in my coffee. But, there is much more to accomplish. Losing weight is very important, since I’ve gained 20 pounds last year. Because I can’t exercise, this will be very difficult. My goal is to work in physical therapy to the point that I’m able to take a daily walk.
For those of you with Chronic illnesses, what are your New Year’s resolutions? What steps will you try to take to achieve these goals? I’d love to know how it works for you.
Disclosure: I’m not a medical expert. What helps me is not medical advice. If you need medical help, please consult your personal physician.
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