Nothing But a Circus Around Here

FOOD

Okay, so I’ll have the obligatory pictures of yummy eats in a second, but today I want to talk about the lessons I’ve learned from food in the past month or so.

First of all, my joint pain is all but gone the past two weeks.  I had some soreness in my right hand when I had to do a bit of handwriting one day (laptop battery died and I forgot my iPad, so I was forced to go the old-fashioned way – pen and paper!).  But that said – it was only very mildly sore, and nothing like the locked up and unable to move and severe pain that I’d been having.  Aside from that one episode, my joints have been great.

What does this say to me?  It confirms my very strong belief that food is the ultimate medicine.  You can harm or heal your body through food.  You can eat yourself to death and disease, or to health.  I will put the caveat that there are circumstances where food has little to nothing to do with disease, but I don’t think a good clean diet can ever HURT you the way a bad diet will always hurt you.  Take me for instance.  My autoimmune condition is genetic, yet my food choices are helping me manage it drug-free.

The hives are still hit or miss.  It’s nowhere near as bad as it was back in January/February, but I still get boughts of them that are extremely itchy and uncomfortable.  Here is what I’ve learned about that…

Hives, first of all, are a histamine reaction and we’re not exactly sure why I’m having them.  Could it be related to the joint fun?  Maybe.  Is it allergies to foods or environment?  Possibly.  Does anyone feel confident they know why I’m getting them?  Hell no.

I’ve had days where I don’t get any.  When looking at my food journals, those are the days I ate the cleanest with mostly or all raw foods, limited caffeine, etc.  If I slip up and have something with gluten (like today), I will get some intense hives.  I can’t make a positive correlation yet, but I think there’s a connection to foods causing my hives.  I’ll keep watching it.

Oh, and ice packs are the best thing I’ve found for the hives.  Showers and any heat make them worse, creams don’t help (they make it worse by trapping in body heat).  So for your future reference if you ever find yourself with a back full of hives – ice it.  Trust me.

Okay.  Pic time.

raw wrap
raw wrap
new juice line being made by my Whole Foods
new juice line being made by my Whole Foods
blueberry and coconut smoothie
blueberry and coconut smoothie
this week's favorite.  It's a green smoothie with banana, strawberry, pineapple, flax, and romaine.
this week’s favorite. It’s a green smoothie with banana, strawberry, pineapple, flax, and romaine.

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BAS with romaine, arugula, cuc, carrot, cauliflower, red onion, cherry tomatoes, a spicy tahini dressing, and some grilled artichoke.
BAS with romaine, arugula, cuc, carrot, cauliflower, red onion, cherry tomatoes, a spicy tahini dressing, and some grilled artichoke.
today's lunch bento stack!  Raw collard wrap, chopped veggie snack, and some fruit (Muscat grapes and pineapple).
today’s lunch bento stack! Raw collard wrap, chopped veggie snack, and some fruit (Muscat grapes and pineapple).

FITNESS

It’s been a very hectic week, so getting in my workouts has been an experiment in time management.  Early morning yoga at home with one of my Yoga Today videos and Zumba on the Xbox have been the order of the week.

I did make it to a spin class with AZ this evening after work.  It was ok….I wasn’t the sweat ball I normally am, and my calorie burn was only 300 for 45 minutes, compared to the 500+ of the past few.  If my butt and leg muscles are sore tomorrow, I’ll feel like it was a good lower-body strength session more than any cardio….oh well.

I see my trainer tomorrow morning.

LIFE

The big life stuff the past few days have been about my oldest daughter.  First of all, she’s turning 18 tomorrow, but that’s a whole other post!

I’ve mentioned before that she’s an artist – her specific medium being fashion.  She had her Senior Show this past week, and quite frankly, all of my energies have been there.  Everything came together in the end, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t worried that it would all fall apart!

The show was inspired by the circus, and all of the outfits represent different circus things – there’s an elephant, lion tamer, ring leader, big tent, acrobat, poodle, clown, and a mime.

She had eight models (friends) and three “helpers” during the show.  She produced all the art work and outfits, choreographed everything, selected the music, etc.  The rest of the family helped do everything else!  Catering, moving walls, communicating with parents, hosting a “fitting party”, helping find a photographer and videographer, and basically keep her on track (yes…we made a color coded project plan).  It was insane and amazing, and I’m incredibly proud of her.

Believe it or not – we took VERY few pictures.  There was a photographer and videographer documenting the whole thing (local community college students – keeping in theme that this was a student show), so we were mingling and keeping everything together.  Here are a few, but they don’t come close to capturing the show.  Perhaps I’ll post more when we get the files from the show.

we had to rent a Uhaul and pick up 5 false walls so A could create a runway and have walls to hang her art.  And then take them back.  All in the same day.  And they're heavy.
we had to rent a U-Haul and pick up 5 false walls so A could create a runway and have walls to hang her art. And then take them back. All in the same day. And they’re heavy.
the space that the museum donated for the show
the space that the museum donated for the show
the awesome Chihuly glass centerpiece of the room
the awesome Chihuly glass centerpiece of the room
the entrance to the runway
the entrance to the runway
drawings (4 are of outfits in the show)
drawings (4 are of outfits in the show)
more drawings (and the top 4 are the other outfits in the show)
more drawings (and the top 4 are the other outfits in the show)
dress rehearsal
dress rehearsal
a few of the girls (including A) doing set up before the show
a few of the girls (including A) doing set up before the show
the models in their circus-themed creations!
the models in their circus-themed creations!  My daughter would be the one on the end in the blue dress – which she made too.

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Other than that, sleep and relaxing are the goals for the next few days before life gets hectic for other reasons (like traveling, graduation, more traveling, and the whole “shipping a kid off to college” thing…..).

 

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RunCrissieRun

I am a 43 yo busy career single mom, attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free & nut-free vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

4 thoughts on “Nothing But a Circus Around Here

  1. Happy birthday to your daughter!! Wow, 18?? And I agree with you about food being medicine. I would add in exercise to that as well. I think so many health issues can be helped with diet and exercise. So glad to hear that it’s helping with your pain.

    1. I absolutely agree on the exercise front. It’s been so weird (and awful) not running, but I’m hoping someday I can again.

      And thanks! Yeah…18….when did I get that old?!

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