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In a world where the ill often are overlooked or feel invisible, it's so important that we learn to honor our true self. Kat & I are chatting on the podcast about what that looks like for us as we transition from illness to wellness. Click to listen in!

Honoring our True Self & Transitioning from Illness to Wellness

In these last few months of seeing my health begin to improve, I’ve found myself in unfamiliar territory. Much like there’s no road map for how to navigate the life of chronic illness, there’s most definitely not one for how to transition from illness to wellness.

So I’m often testing boundaries as I try and figure out how far this healing body can really take me. And while not every attempt has gone well, I am grateful for the courage it takes to both reach outside of my comfort zone and learn to rest.

But I’m also struggling with all kinds of emotions. Over how good it feels to enjoy more of life outside the home. And the tensions I can feel between embracing newfound healing and hurting for those I love deeply, still waiting for their own healing strides.

I’ve wrestled with the questions of “what next”. What to do with this blog, my creative passion, and my desire to help others on their healing journey. And now that wellness is entering the picture more and more, the more I wonder what the best next thing is.

For now, I’m giving myself plenty of room to process, explore, dream and create. While also making sure I emphasize healing every step of the way. Today’s podcast episode is of me doing that with one of the sweetest souls, Kat Woods.

Kat and I connected on Instagram in the last couple of years and have been healing from the same health challenge (#lyme). This was the first time we’ve spoken with each other off the screen and squares of Insta and we both agreed it was JUST the conversation we both needed.

Kat is a trained chef, an indie-cartoonist, and an all-around vibrant being. She began the blog, Hope Heal Cook, and has been inspiring and encouraging others with her beautiful nourishing meals. The way she has labored in love for her body’s nutrition is absolutely amazing. Just check out her feed and you’ll see what I mean. I’ve learned more about produce from her than anywhere else! Particularly how many fruits and veggies I didn’t know existed. ūüėČ

Pull up a chair (or headphones) as we chat all about our individual journeys through healing. We’re unpacking how we’re learning to transition into a new “normal” and how Kat supports her body through diet.

Listen below or tune in to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, & Google Play!

 

Show Notes:

Be sure to check out Kat’s book “The AIP Instant Pot Cookbook“!

Find Kat on her blog, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Follow along and connect through the Hope Heal Collective Instagram feed!

 

How to support and honor your true self? Leave a note in the comments! I love hearing & learning from you!

 

Catch up on all the episodes of The Wellness Crossing Podcast by clicking here. ūüôā

 

Kat Woods on the Wellness Crossing: Honoring our True Self and the unknown territory of transitioning from illness to wellness. Click to listen!

What does it look like to honor our true self while healing? Join Kat Woods and I on the podcast as we chat all about transitioning into wellness, how we are embracing our full selves and more! Click to tune in :)There's not a road map for figuring out how to transition back into wellness when you've been healing from a chronic illness. Today on The Wellness Crossing Podcast Kat Woods and I are chatting about our recent journeys of entering back into a new "norm" and what it looks like to honor our true selves in the process. Click to listen to the episode!

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In this episode of The Wellness Crossing, Kamilah Howard is opening up about what it was like being diagnosed with gluten intolerance and how she's learning to create a diet she actually enjoys! Click to listen in.

Gluten Intolerance and Finding a Diet You Enjoy: A Podcast Episode with Kamilah Howard

If you’ve ever been diagnosed with a condition of any kind, do you remember that moment? I’d take a guess that not only do you remember where you were, but you can likely remember the emotions that swelled up inside.

Perhaps you can even remember the thoughts you had, rather of relief or of fear. Maybe even the smell of the room, what you ate after your appointment.

For many of us, that moment can be defining. Sometimes it’s soothing to have an answer, but in some – even many – cases, the words attached to a diagnosis can send us into a tailspin.

But at the end of the day, we get to choose what we do with what we’ve been given. Yes, we process the natural emotions that arise, but then what? How do we find a way to move forward with action steps, heart and intention?

Today on The Wellness Crossing, I’m chatting with Kamilah Howard from Anchored in Health, who I’d be happy to have as a neighbor any day of the week!

She is an incredibly lovely health and wellness blogger living in Washington, DC. with a master of science in health communication. Today she’s talking about what it’s like navigating a diagnosis of gluten intolerance and how she’s learning to channel her energy into exploring new foods. And creating a diet that’s not only right for her, but that she enjoys.

Her love for finding ways to improve her overall health and wellness is contagious. And I’m really excited that we get to listen in and learn from her today!

Tune in as she shares nuggets of wisdom for learning how to support your body with a diet tailored to YOU!

You can also listen and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, & Google Play!

Resources mentioned in today’s episode:

Michael Pollan’s books – http://michaelpollan.com/ ¬†and Netflix documentaries – In Defense of Food, Cooked

Intuitive Eating book (<—- affiliate link)

Connect with Kamilah

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Have you come across new-to-you & healthy foods that you’re loving right now? Let me know in the comments!

Finding a diet you enjoy after being diagnosed with a gluten intolerance may not be an easy task, but it's one that Kamilah Howard has been determined to pursue. Her love for exploring new foods is contagious! Listen in and be inspired by her nuggets of wisdom for navigating gluten intolerance.

Anyone else find themselves overwhelmed by changing their diet after diagnosis? Listen is as Kamilah and I talk all about finding a diet you can enjoy, that works for YOU.

Kamilah Howard is unpacking how she's been creating a diet she enjoys after receiving a diagnosis of gluten intolerance. She's sharing the struggles that come with the territory and how she's putting her effort into exploring new foods and finding new things she loves to eat! Click to listen in and be inspired that you, too, can create a diet that's right for YOU.

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Learn more about neuroplasticity and the way it can help you reclaim your health. I'm sharing a few of the tools I've been learning to implement and how they can make an impact for you, too! Click to listen in!

The Wellness Crossing: NEW Podcast launch!

I’ve been planning and dreaming about launching a new podcast for a couple of months now. And today, I’m excited to say: it’s happening. Or rather, it’s HAPPENED!

Introducing: The Wellness Crossing Podcast.

(Cue radio announcer voice: now available on iTunes, Stitcher, & Google Play!)

This podcast is designed to be a space where we can talk all things healing. A space to feel empowered and inspired to be our best advocate when it comes to wellness. As well as learn about new approaches to treatment, alternative therapies, and even the role the brain and energy plays into our health.

Each week we’ll dive into a new conversation related to wellness, healing or inspiration for rising above the challenges or hangups we may be facing. And I’ll be inviting various guests on to lend their insight and tools for how they pursue and prioritize healing.

Which brings us to today and the very first episode!

So if you’ve been following along here on the blog, you may have hear about the new treatment program I’ve been following. Now, it’s not a traditional treatment, in that it’s entirely done from home. And the responsibility lies entirely on the patient to implement.

Now, most treatments have at least some, if not a large reliance on the patience doing their part. But this treatment approach puts the full control on the one doing it because it involves retraining one’s neural pathways.

Weirded out yet? Stick with me….

The techniques center around the research of neuroplasticity, which basically means that “the brain can change itself.” Each technique and daily practice that you follow is designed to help you do just that.

And I’m living proof that it does, in fact, make a difference. Because quite literally, it’s been giving me back my life after years of living with a debilitating chronic illness.

So in this first episode of my new podcast launch, I’m sharing more about my experience with the Dynamic Neural Retraining Program (DNRS). I’m unpacking how I went from total skeptic to setting up camp in the land of Neuro Plastic City.

Healing is a journey that has been far from linear for me, but as I’ve seen huge shifts begin to unfold in my health I feel compelled to share what I’m learning. And it’s my hope that it helps support you on your own exploration of how to tap into the brain’s ability to heal.

So listen in to hear the whole story and learn how YOU can start to learn and implement neuroplasticity tools into your everyday, too!

 

Resources to check out:

(The following list includes affiliate links.)

Books by:

Norman Doidge
Joe Dispenza
Bruce Lipton

Neuroplasticity Tools:
Dynamic Neural Retraining System / DNRS
Brain Vibes – a FREE resource on my blog!

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Student in Self Care: How My Perspective is Changing | It's easy to lump self care off into the corner of pampering ourselves. But it's SO much more than that. But how to you prioritize self care in sickness? Here's a look at how I'm learning to find balance in Lyme disease.

Student in Self Care: How My Perspective is Changing

As my eyes opened I remembered what day it was. Today a friend was visiting. And so the pep talk began…

“Conserve your energy, Kami. We don’t need to crash before she gets here.”

This particular day it was one of the hard mornings. Each day when I wake up there’s a level of this hit-by-a-truck feeling, but today¬†the dial was turned up.

Some days I listen to my body well. Others I push it far beyond what I should. And this body? It gets cranky. In a big way. I’m then glued to the couch for hours or days, pain levels through the roof, and what little energy I had is gone. On those days, simply standing up from the couch can put me into tears.

Self care was hard for me long before I got sick. I was a busybody with a near-constant full plate. Sickness has merely highlighted the fact that I deeply struggle with resting, refilling, and fighting off the pressure to be constantly doing something. It’s challenged me to prioritize and appreciate the value of taking care of myself.

Emotionally. Spiritually. Physically.

And I’m still very much a student in this area.

This is a sponsored post for Self Care Catalysts. I have been compensated through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. All opinions remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.

Self Care encompasses a variety of tasks and routine that help support whole body health. It takes time to find a balance, and when you're sick there are very clear struggles that present themselves. Here's how I'm learning to find balance!

Fighting chronic Lyme disease has pushed me to find tools for supporting myself that I can use even on my hardest days. But sometimes? I ignore even the most effective tools. Because self care doesn’t come easy for me. And I’m guessing it might not come easy for you either.

I’ve seen people translate or focus on self care as “pampering”, but it’s become so much more to me. Don’t get me wrong – there is a lot to be said for all the feel-goods that come with a fresh new do. To me, that can feel like a mini vacation and is definitely an aspect of self care!

But what I’ve been learning is that my self care has to involve a wide variety of tasks and outlets. To refill ALL¬†of me. Giving my body, mind and soul the healing, support and rejuvenation they need.

I have to make a conscious effort to pay attention to the messages they send me, know my limits, and do my best to listen. But when you’re sick? You better believe this has an extra layer of hard to it.

Physical Self Care

If I have a day where I am feeling even the tiniest amount of relief from pain and symptoms, I can read that message and respond with a loud “LET’S CONQUER THE WORLD.” So instead of always seeing it as a sign that I may have listened well the day before, I take it as an opportunity to get stuff done. And not always in proportion to my energy…

Good self care takes care of the WHOLE you. Body, mind, and soul. In chronic illness our bodies need it more than ever. Here are some of the ways I'm learning to care for myself as I fight disease.

Needless to say, this is one area that has been complicated to learn. Yet, I’ve accepted this truth: that my physical self care is multi-layered. And each layer is equally important.

There is my supplement and treatment schedule that I need to follow. Diet I need to stick to. A list of detox supplements and therapy to fit into my day. I need lots of rest. Even on the days I am feeling a little better.

My body is weak and working hard to fight off a constant attack. I have to remind myself of this even when I’m feeling “okay” (translation: “not as awful as usual, but still really sick”). I’m aiming to find a balance in this. Knowing when I can handle an extra push to enjoy something AND the aftermath, and when enough is enough.

Part of that looks like planning ahead. Such as having paleo-approved breakfasts ready in advance since my mornings are typically the hardest part of my day. Or setting alarms so I don’t miss a detox therapy or supplement dose. Anything that¬†will help set me up for success and take stress off of my day.

Emotional Support

Beyond the physical effects illness brings, our emotions also take a pretty big toll. There is loss and grief to wade through. We might become frustrated with how often we disappoint others. Facing disbelief from doctors and others also weighs heavily on us.

One of the most healing things for me in this area has been connecting with others who understand this life. There is always something soothing about talking to someone about what you’re experiencing and them “getting it” on a whole different level.

What I'm learning about balancing self care in chronic illness. The good, the hard, the journey.

It’s also been a huge comfort to have found family and friends who support me and respect my limitations. That alone helps keep my stress down, not having to fear saying no to those who won’t make me feel guilty.

Spiritual Support

I feel that my outlets for spiritual self care have the ability of spilling their benefits into the physical and emotional realms quite easily. Sitting on a bench near a local lake, feeling a gentle breeze and taking in the view and sounds of nature can be soothing to the whole of me.

There’s physical comfort in a cool breeze, emotional comfort in the beauty, and spiritual comfort found in soaking it all in.¬†This is now¬†one of the primary ways I’ve felt connected to God.

The times my husband takes me for a drive through the southern Oregon hills or I sit out on my front lawn surrounded by the beautiful scenery is healing, even if for a moment. Because it’s free of energy-zapping distractions and full of life and beauty. The creativity and colors that surround those moments is like balm for the soul.

Self Care in Chronic Illness: How to find a balance when you're sick.

Finding a Balance

As I’ve struggled my way through these last few years of my illness taking a turn for the worst, I’ve been slowly working to find balance. And every time I make a step closer to that, each moment of relief or emotional healing I experience, I embrace it. It take work to unlearn something that has become deeply ingrained in us. It doesn’t happen overnight.

So that morning my friend was coming I made a choice. I gave myself only what I knew I could handle before she came. I bypassed picking up before she came, and focused on tasks I could do at the couch. Made sure to take a break or two to lie down.

I don’t have it all together in this department. But can I share something? Those times when you really do give yourself what your body, mind or spirit is telling you it needs: it’s healing. Maybe not in the¬†“I’m cured” variety, but in a way of sustaining.

That’s what draws me back into the mindset of taking care of myself. Knowing that I’m giving myself just what it needs to survive.

And even, maybe, someday…to thrive.

 

What does your self care look like?

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