Tuesday, February 23, 2010

There are sick days and then there are sick days..

People with food allergies, or intolerances, I should say, tend to feel sick more often with stomach aches, headaches, fatigue, nausea, and more. But then we also have sick days, the regular kind of sick, the kind where you catch a virus or bacterial infection (or "bug" as my mom likes to call it). Yesterday I was home with a bad virus and today I am recovering from it. I am back at work but still trying to take it easy because I know my body is extra sensitive today. I am sipping on Traditional Medicinals Organic Ginger Aid tea to help calm my stomach and I also have with me Celestial Seasonings Sleepy Time tea (celestialseasoning.com for ingredients: Chamomile, spearmint, West Indian lemongrass, tilia flowers, blackberry leaves, orange blossoms, hawthorn and rosebuds, gluten free).

I remember before I found out that the yeast was what was causing all of my physical problems that people used to constantly be telling me that it was just stress and I just needed to exercise. This of course, made me very angry and frustrated. Imagine if you broke your ankle and someone said to you, "oh the pain is probably because you are stressed, you should just go exercise." After I found out about the yeast, I realized that stress, while not the cause of my problems, did in fact exacerbate the symptoms. So when I have days like today, where my body is not feeling up to par, I try to relax as much as possible, which basically means I am not going to take any of your bullcrap, I am going to remain calm and not get my energy up too high.

"Not today" is what I tell myself. I will not deal with the stress, the negative emotions, and the negative attitudes today, instead I will focus on creating a relaxed environment for my body, emotionally, phsyically, and spiritually. Tomorrow I can deal with the stress. In Bikram Choudhury's beginning Bikram yoga cd he says that no one can take your happiness from you. "If someone takes your happiness from you, you are the loser." I also think that if someone stresses me out too much then I am the loser.

So now it is the end of the day and I will be heading home for yoga, chicken noodle soup, and some olympics. Will post the recipe for the soup after I make it.


"The body is a temple, the finest machine in the world. It's so sensitive, but if you treat it nasty for too long, of course it will backfire." Bikram Choudhury

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