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Hi all! I thought I would start a thread specifically for these two issues which go together for many people, including myself. I was diagnosed with FMS at age 12 (I'm 30 now). I've been gluten-free for many years, and when I learned about Paleo this past summer, I tried to incorporate some Paleo principles into my diet, and even on a limited basis, it made a HUGE difference for me. I've been able to work some 40-hour weeks this fall, which I have not been able to do for literally years. I am very excited to be starting the Whole30 today. I'm especially looking forward to seeing if I can slay the sugar dragon. When you have low energy, it's so easy to give yourself emergency energy boosts with sugar (which is just a vicious cycle, of course!). I have the Hartwigs' book as well as Well Fed by Melissa Joulwan (I've already made her mayo and her "sunshine sauce," soooooo good!). I think lots of us people with fibro have self-corrected with these eating habits over the years, but I'm finally ready to add some structure and discipline to it to get some serious results now that I've had a taste of what's possible!
For the last several years, I've suffered with numerous and complicated health problems and a spine injury. Prior to that, I was extremely active and even did a Whole 30 with great success. Now that I'm beginning to recover, I'm ready to reclaim my former self -- and fit in my former wardrobe! Plus, I know what a boon Whole 30 will be to my overall health and that it will help alleviate some of my medical conditions. But I could use some support and motivation. Because I was bedridden for part of my illness, I gained a lot of weight. I went up 4 sizes! Yikes! There's a skill to being sick when you're afflicted with illness for a long time. You have to change the way you think and you do whatever it takes to get through the day. You can't worry about your waistline when you have to worry about simply getting out of bed and if you can't get out of bed you can't prepare what you eat. Your nutrition is in the hands of others. Frankly, when I was very sick, the only fun thing to do was eat. Now that I am out of bed and able to cook for myself, I'm finding it hard to break with some of my bad eating habits. Plus, I see that my self dicipline isn't what it used to be (it used to be rock-freaking solid!). I'm working on that. This is where I could use your help: I'm wondering, has anyone else gone through a long illness or injury and found their self dicipline needed work after? If so, what did you do that helped? I'd really like to hear from others who have been ill or injured for a long period of time because you know how it affects your thought processes and your self image. I used to be so very good at this and I know I can be again but I could use some insider tips to help speed me along the road to recovery. Thank you for your insights!