Here’s the Latest News with Susan of Susan Simply Healthy! (I really thought I should title this post as, Where in the World is Susan Simply Healthy?)
Where do I even begin?
Let’s just say that 2017 was a rough to start. I’m really trying hard to take a few steps back, look deep within & listen to what these experiences mean. One message I’ve learned is that I will never take this life for granted. It’s a miracle & a blessing to have this opportunity here on earth to live this life.
I’ve been very fortunate to have time to spend with my two-year-old son, Reid. We spend many days together since he’s been home from school & I have had more time off from my job during this summer. I believe this time we have together is precious & I’m doing my best to instill the presence of family as well as getting as much time outdoors as I can. He knew how to operate my iPad before he was two. That tells me how advanced his generation will be with technology & I’d like for him to feel grounded with mother nature & the “great outdoors.” I’m really proud of him & how bright he is. I’m a really outgoing person & can talk to anyone about anything & I appreciate how he has picked up on that from me as he say’s, “hi & bye-bye” to the strangers we meet.
I turned 41 this year & it seems as though my body has let me know about that. Now one thing I must mention is that while growing up, I chased my brothers all around the house & outside to the woods so I could “bug” them & keep up with them. Let’s face it, what else was there to do as a little sister? I was the youngest so needless to say, I’ve been banged up, stitched up, broken bones, fell off the roof, fell out of a moving vehicle, (my brothers truck & he said that I better not tell mom or else!) car accidents & most importantly, proudly thrown around while learning how to snowboard. I even got a 3rd-degree tear of my Left ACL out of the deal. Snowboarding is still the absolute most fun in the world to me. All these injuries have come up to remind me to slow down.
I want to live like I’m young into my days of old. I want to be able to keep up with Reid when he’s in his twenties which means I’ll be in my sixties. I have to make wiser decisions with my health now than I ever have before if that’s my goal. I feel like I’ve awakened to this society of unawareness by the foods we’ve eaten most of our lives growing up – my generation is the processed foods generation & by god, it’s going to kill us all! So don’t eat anything but your own grown to avoid the health risks that have evolved from these foods! OK – I get it! Geez. It plain sucks! I can’t eat gluten or else it will cause inflammation & contribute to leaky gut. The depth I’ve gotten from researching how this has evolved is outright disturbing. People need to know but how about we just trust our instincts & go with our guts?
I’m extremely fortunate to have great health insurance which allows me to check my blood work every three months so I know exactly how my hormones are. I won’t take that for granted but with all that I’ve learned so far about autoimmunity has blown my mind. I must admit, I’ve been a little bit in denial of it & have had my last dance with all the gluttonous foods that I love. I know what these foods are doing to me yet the satisfaction I get from eating certain things are hard to beat.
One thing’s for certain & that is I can’t drop weight like I used to! It seems as though gravity has challenged me & you know what? I’m all for it! Over the past four months, I’ve been reading articles, blogs & listening to podcasts as well as participating in the AIP Protocol Support group led by Angie + Mickey. It’s very tough to tell how my body responds to certain foods & this course takes an incredible amount of self-discipline & dedication in order to eliminate many foods then introduce them back into my diet to test which affect me negatively. I learned a lot about my body & other people’s body types. We are all so completely different from one another, it’s as if we are snowflakes, everyone is totally unique.
Now that I know what has brought on my Hashimoto’s Autoimmunity, (Leaky Gut) my focus has been to heal my gut & eliminate toxins from my digestive tract. I’m very much looking forward to writing about the many interviews I’ve read & listened to on how this all breaks down. It’s fascinating yet sad how we are evolving. Now I’ve been experimenting with Ketosis. This way of living I’ve never known before yet it’s how all our ancestors lived. That is also another post in the near future!
I’m in the ER with incredible dizziness. Over the course of 7-days, I experienced BPPV. I woke up out of a sound sleep completely dizzy, like room spinning dizzy. I thought it was part of my dream & was able to fall back asleep. When I woke up that morning & got out of bed, I had to take hold of the wall to balance myself & not fall down. It cleared up & I drank a gallon of water thinking I must be super dehydrated. I went about my day & towards the end of it, the dizziness came back. It wasn’t super severe but it was enough to raise concern. That was Saturday & it crept up more & more to Tuesday, after my walk with Reid & pups, I about fainted & knew something was really wrong. These symptoms are creeping & now affecting my conscience-ness. I called my PCP, they were booked out two weeks, I called a neurologist & they were booked as well. I explained what I was experiencing, expressing my fear of symptoms & was advised to call urgent care or go to the ER. I called UC & they said to take a trip to the ER for immediate diagnosis. My CT & labs were clear. The moment I found that out, an enormous amount of weight was lifted off my shoulders. I had thought the very worst of things. They prescribed my Anti-vert & sent me on my way. The next day I visited the ENT & they performed the Epley Maneuver on me & it started to improve. Two days after that, it was gone. Poof! Just like that.
I never experienced such a thing in my life. I posted about it on Facebook of course & researched it. So many suffer from this! It’s like when you buy a new car, then you notice how many of the same are on the road… Man, am I ever glad that’s behind me.
NOW… I’m diving back deep into my health. I’m going to continue providing support as I go along & continue my journey. Please come along for the ride! Join Susan Simply Healthy’s Wellness Community on Facebook here.