Wow, it’s hard to believe that in only 70 days I will be turning another decade older which equates to a half a century!! Whuuuuut!!! It seems unreal to me at times.
My 49th year has been a doozy though so I can actually say I am ready to exit the 40s and enter my 50s. This past year has been full of unexpected and unwelcomed surprises.
I had begged my husband for years and years to stop smoking to no avail. He would always say one day. But one day turned into my husband being diagnosed with renal cancer in May. This diagnosis came right after his resignation as president of a company. We had just celebrated the idea of him entering into a new and prosperous season in his career. But that’s not at all what happened, instead it meant I had an unemployed husband with a diagnosis of an untreatable cancer. Let’s just say there have been A LOT of sleepless nights and tearful prayers since then. Our lives took a nose dive and have been a roller coaster ever since.
I am grateful for my faith because without it there is no telling what path I would have taken to help elevate all the stress and pain I felt from going through the hardest season of my life. Because of my relationship with Christ I was able to rise above myself and allow the Holy Spirit, through me, to love on my husband in what was the darkest season of his life. It was in no way easy, but God showed Himself faithful in the outcome. My husband was declared cancer free as of about a month ago. Now it’s all about honoring God with our lives to show Him how grateful we are that He spared Harvey’s life. In a nutshell, it’s time to do whatever needs to be done to live a healthy life full of laughter and love.
My health story, well, I have had a diagnosis for many, many years of Hashimoto’s disease which is a thyroid condition. It is an auto immune disease (in simple terms I have chronic inflammation in my body) and what happens is my immune system actually attacks my thyroid like it’s a foreign object. Most recently however I was diagnosed with adult on set asthma (yep, that’s basically inflammation in my lungs, see a pattern here?) which has been a HUGE blow to my cardiovascular activity. I went from a crazy wild thang in an aerobic setting to being forced to stop and use the rescue inhaler so that I could catch my breath and hopefully finish.
SOOOO….In honor of me turning 50, I have decided to start “Project 50” to set some goals I want to accomplish over the next 70 days. I have decided that I am so worth giving up some instant gratifications so that I can possibly have some long term health benefits by doing so.
Stay tuned as I lay those goals out and share my journey and progress. It’s time to leave the first half century behind me and enter into a whole new half century feeling vibrant and healthy. I say…out with the old and in with the new!
What’s all the fuse about omega-3 fatty acids? Well for starters studies show you can lower your risk of a fatal heart attack by an average of 36% just by consuming 1-2 servings a week of omega-3-rich fish. The way it does this is by lowering triglycerides and countering inflammation.
Remember that not all fish are created equal. Choose a fish that is higher in omega-3. Here is a list to help you pick a fish that is have higher in omega-3 per ounce.
|Type of fish
||Total omega-3 content per 3.5 ounces (grams)
Since Spring is in the air, I thought I would offer up a little fish on the grill. Check out this yummy recipe from Primal Palate
Simply Grilled Salmon
- 1 lb Salmon Filet, Wild Caught
- 1 tsp Basil, dried
- 1 tsp Oregano, dried
- 1 tsp Black Pepper
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1/4 cup Olive Oil, Extra Virgin
- 2 cloves Garlic, minced
- 1 Lemon, juice
Get prep and grilling instructions at Primal Palate
Looking back I can no doubt say I was always a very active person. I was a runner and a huge step aerobics fan (yep dated myself just then), loved racquet ball and anything else that got my heart rate soaring, the more intense it was the more I loved it! Being active actually made me feel alive. But that started to change. It was oh so slight at first. It would be things like lying in bed feeling like I couldn’t quite take a deep enough breath. Nothing to alarming, just noticeable. Then it started showing up when running and it produced this feeling like I couldn’t fill my lungs up with enough oxygen. Until one day, I almost felt like I was being suffocated by my own lungs. It’s was a horrible feeling I will never forget. For someone who is passionate about fitness, this ever so sneaky thing was starting to steal that passion away from me because it had become such a burden just to breathe.
I went for several years undiagnosed because my insurance deductible was astronomical. It would have cost me thousands and thousands of dollars to confirm something I was pretty sure of. I finally got insurance with a very reasonable copay again, heck I didn’t even know that kind of insurance even existed anymore. So I made the appointment with a pulmonologist who then sent me for a breathing test. The phone rings and those words finally come, “you have asthma.” I knew it already, but to have another label slapped on my health just really stunk. It actually made me angry.
So, as a typical patient, I started with all the asthma meds, albuterol and Advair along with a daily allergy pill. At first it felt awesome to be able to breathe deeper than I had in a very long time. I still struggled with my cardiovascular ability but it was so much better than it had been. And then I started to notice the side effects. My hair had become very brittle and actually started breaking off, sometimes at the scalp leaving little short pieces of hair that were clueless what to do when trying to be styled. It had gotten really, really bad. So I realized I had a choice to make. I could either continue to ingest something that obviously was having a very negative effect on my body (what else it was doing to my body that I couldn’t see) or I could start to research what are some of the causes of asthma. I am so not shocked that a major player is…FOOD! Crazy thing is I always thought I was a pretty clean eater. But there are so many things that we eat in a traditional western diet that cause inflammation (asthma is a form of inflammation), even things we think are good for us. Your mind will be blown as I start to share those things with you.
So my holistic journey to healing the asthma begins. Since asthma is a form of inflammation, actually most, if not all auto immune diseases are caused by inflammation, it’s time to remove those things that create it. It will be a journey but one I am up for. One thing I know for sure, without reservation….ASTHMA SUCKS!