Health Related

After a recent bout with a 1st time muscle related back injury, I have a new appreciation of my everyday, chronic pain. If you've read my whinging about my back, (more here), you know that for me and many others, injury is a different kind of pain. The only positive thing about the injury is that eventually the pain went away. I do still freeze when I get an occasional twinge in the area of the back injury. Truthfully I'm terrified of being immobile again, and therefore totally dependent on others.

As for the chronic pain, I know that I've had Fibromyalgia since I was a teenager, but it wasn't diagnosed until much later. The Osteoarthritis was diagnosed when I was around 21 or 22. Way too early but it was an explanation for some of the pain that I was having since I was a teen.

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The pain and discomfort is with me everyday and it's taken me a few years to come to terms with it, after living with it for half of my life. But I have. I'm not accepting that it will always be, because life can change, I'm just accepting it for the time being. If I dwell on the pain and and what I can't do, my life will have unacceptable limitations.

Limits are hard for many to accept, including myself. Especially when trying to live life to the fullest.

What I can and have done is find ways around the physical pain. This meant changing my daily and weekly schedule. It meant changing how and when I exert myself. From exercise to household chores, to socializing. It meant continuing to build a new career for myself and not just taking any job that paid the bills. Which I know can be impossible for some. However know my limits and physically exerting myself, past those limits, can put me out of commission for a good week or more.

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I'll be riding this until the ground is covered in snow/ice. I can't ride every single day like I want to, but I do what my body allows.

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What I do, to accept how my body is, at this point in time.

I look for a highlight or something to be thankful for in each day. Don't get me wrong, I'm not dancing around in delight because I love being in pain and having limitations on what I can do, but I need to try to keep myself going. At times it can be extremely challenging, mentally and physically but I make myself do it. Thankfulness can be as simple as taking beautiful pictures by the river, to receiving a surprise package in the mail, to spending a fun afternoon with family and friends. Where ever you have to pull gratefulness from, pull it, appreciate and learn from it!

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Till next time,

Nadia

  • Happy Friday! It's almost the weekend and on the agenda (hopefully) is making a new batch of body care products. I mix or make most of my own hair and body care products. For various reasons that I'll share below.

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  • Money saving aside, I like knowing as much as I can about what is going into & onto my body. Head to toe. I can't go to Ghana to watch them process the Shea butter, that I purchased from my local health food store. Or go to the coconut fields in the Philippines, to watch them hack coconuts from the tree, which makes the coconut oil that I use on a daily basis. But researching and then trusting my sources is a great start to know where and how the products that I use came to be.

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  • After a lifetime of allergic reactions and food elimination, something that smells sweet and flowery is not worth it to me. I have very allergic skin, therefore I don't put any old product on it. Having a rash on my scalp, body or face is not worth, the latest product that everyone is raving about. So I make my own clay hair wash, hair conditioner, and body oils, which I try to source from around the globe. When I buy the occasional cosmetic, I try to purchase products that are cruelty free and less toxic. I don't know if any commercial make-up is totally toxic free, but there are some better options out there.
  • OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA great tip that I use to remember which commercial products are cruelty-free, less toxic, or organic/natural, is to use the blank side of a business card. I use them to write down "safe" companies/products. They fit right into the credit card slot of my wallet. If I'm unsure of a product or company, I pop out my card to double check. This saves me time, so I don't have to return a product, that I'm not comfortable using.
  • Using home-made or less toxic products may take a little more time in the beginning but the savings on your wallet, health, and the environment make it worthwhile in the end.

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Do you make any body care products or do you find it not worth it, with the amount of natural products on store shelves?

Song of the Day: Why Don't We Fall In Love - All I Have, Amerie, 2002. Watch Why Don't We Fall In Love. (Links may not work in all countries. All videos belong to the artist/corporation. Song link is an affiliate link.)

Till next time,

Nadia