Friday, January 4, 2019

Healthy 2019

Baltimore, MD, USA
I've had a few questions about why I'm doing healthy 2019 and what I mean by that statement.

If you've been following me for a while, you know that I was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis approximately three years ago. 
This month, at the end of month is my anniversary.
The doctors THINK that since I've hit the 3 year milestone, that my auto immune disorder should not progress any further. But of course, that's just an educated guess. 

Everything is an educated guess with Myasthenia, because it's so rare.

When I was first diagnosed, I was put on a medication that made me throw up every day for 30 days. The doctors didn't know why. 
It wasn't until I found a book called Cut the Sugar You're Sweet Enough written by Ella Leche, a UK blogger who also has Myasthenia, that I learned what was really going on.
My meds did not interact well with dairy, sugar or fried processed foods.

So for one year, I went off of all of those things + alcohol.

And boy, did I make up for it afterwards. 
Once I was healthy- cheese was back in the game.
So were hot wings.
So was alcohol, which I had not had for a year. 
I partied for a year (I'm better! Celebrate!). 
Then I got myself together, but still ate pretty terribly.

When I had a serious reason for cutting out certain foods, I did it and I was very serious.
I mean like- at a restaurant- is there any trace of butter on these veggies? serious.
 I lost 30 lbs.
I soon became obsessed with the diet.
 I even had nightmares that I had gained my weight back and became sick again.
What?!

Once I was healed, I calmed down.
But then I let the strict diet finally go, and I lost control again.
I have a huge sweet tooth as well, so anything was game.

This past year I didn't feel very healthy. 
It really has nothing to do with weight, but just how I feel in general. 
Achy, tired, depressed, you name it. 
I started to get myself together with a new holistic doctor and acupuncture over the summer, and it was definitely helping, but I could tell that a major problem was how I was eating.

So I decided this year that I'd get healthy, but set some serious boundaries.
With the help of Courtney, my dietician I learned you don't have to be so strict to be healthy.
So this year is about balance, which is also my word of the year. 
Balance with work life and personal life.
Balance with diet.
Balance with exercise.

I'm not giving up any foods, everything will just be in moderation with the goal to be healthy.

Do you have any goals for 2019? I'd love to hear them!

-SBR

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