I won’t fib. My whole food veganism has been put to the test lately. Not the veganism part (not even a little bit!), but the fresh whole food part. Developing food allergies as an adult sucks, and I have been particularly afraid of any raw food since my hospital visit nearly a month ago. For me, that means cooked foods only – and some processed ones too. I haven’t had a green smoothie in nearly a month, much less a salad!
Today I decided enough is enough. I cannot be afraid of the food I’ve eaten for 40+ years anymore. A new food allergy can pop up anytime, but OAS is rarely deadly – more of a mouth tingling annoying/scary thing. I now have epi pens on me constantly, as well as a bottle of benedryl.
So today marked the re-entry of green smoothies. I’m happy to announce that I didn’t stop breathing once during the drinking of said smoothie. And while my ears itched a bit (which has likely nothing at all to do with my breakfast and everything to do with the crazy weather changes), I was nonetheless thrilled.
And here are the remaining eats of the past week or so.
Most of the last week has seen me with a nasty head cold and upper respiratory cold – so I hadn’t been doing much of anything other than some gentle yoga.
Thankfully, by the time Saturday rolled around, I was feeling mostly myself! I went for a run yesterday – the first in nearly a week and a half – and while I overestimated my capability, it was still awesome. The first mile and a half felt normal, but I definitely started noticing some wheezing right around mile 2. I eased up my pace, took a few walk breaks, and managed back home around the 4 mile mark. I wish it had felt stronger, but I think I went out too hard initially, and expected too much.
Today I went back to my hot yoga routine. I seriously can’t articulate how amazing yoga is for me. It’s been about 13 years since I first started doing yoga, and I still feel like the newby in class. Today, as always, the instructor asks you to pick an intention for class. How the instructor asks varies by teacher, but today I was asked to remind myself why I was there. The intention was to focus on me – and not someone else (what I often do). I had a few cycles of breath to think about it, and what draws me back time and time again is the ability to find peace during class. Not because it’s not challenging – because it is – but because I find that hour to be the only time when I can shut the outside world out. The only hour when I stop thinking about my to-do list, work, family, and life in general. The only hour where I find the peace to be in the moment I’m in, without analyzing the past and planning the future. Where I can be in the present moment and that’s enough. I envy people who find that easily (like my husband), but I don’t. I’ve never figured out how to shut off my brain, so that hour of yoga is a balm to me that I have a hard time articulating.
In addition, I do hot yoga predominately, so aside from the mental vacation that provides me, it’s also something I do (and why I was drawn to it in the first place), to make my body strong. So it took me little time at all to set today’s intention. For peace and strength. That’s why I do this.
My oldest A went back to university last Sunday – against my better judgement. She was so worried about missing classes, and as much as her mom I wanted to keep her home until she felt 100%, I couldn’t deny her going back to keep up with her studies.
She had a setback the next day (long story of bad care, screwed up medication doses, and the need for antibiotics), but by Tuesday afternoon she was feeling well.
I also had a Dr appointment this past week. The allergies, swelling throat freaking me out, and the fact that I have my physical this time per year was why I went. Good news is my blood pressure is still awesome, as it mostly everything else. However, having the diminished swallowing capacity and throat thing has now led for my doctor to order an upper GI scope. She initially told me I needed a barium (and AC kindly contacted the vendors to make sure they’re vegan…they are), but apparently she’s changed her mind on what test to do. I’m not looking forward to the test, but perhaps getting to understand why my throat keeps swelling – not enough to affect breathing -but enough to freak me out!
So my family was supposed to go camping this weekend. Due to illnesses and sketchy weather, we decided to put it off. I have hence found out that if I successfully manage to camp for more than one night in my backyard, AC is screwed. Her husband JC will tell her that if I can do it, so can she (because I definitely don’t like nature, bugs, nor lack of running water and bar). So for AC, if no other reason, I had to stay safely ensconced in my house all weekend long!
Friday night was out with AC and a friend of hers visiting from her hometown in TN. We hung out a bit and then went to dinner, which was very nice. Saturday was family time, and today was yoga, shopping, and prepping for the week. I didn’t realize how much I needed a low-key weekend.
On the majorly positive side, I’m going home for Thanksgiving! By home, I mean my hometown in Wisconsin. I happen to be going to a conference in Chicago that starts the Sunday after Thanksgiving, so it worked out very well. Thanksgiving with my sister and her family and my parents is something I haven’t experienced in 11 years (and is my sister’s fav holiday!). And Saturday night, it’s party-time with my cousins! A few drinks and catching up sounds like a perfect holiday weekend to me.
So with that, I leave you for a bit and hope you’ve all had a great weekend too!