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Healing Journey and a Low Carb Diet

16 Mar


I recently started a Low Carb Diet, because my chiropractor believes it will help me heal faster from my still ongoing rib issues. Supposedly sugar is a villain, and a very bad one, the kind that worsens inflammation, troubles the pancreas (insulin resistance), and causes a myriad of other issues.

Since I am tired of being in pain, and not being able to fully function, I decided to follow his recommendation and stay away from all starches. That includes beans,lentil, squash, and sweet potatoes, it doesn’t matter if they have a low glycemic index, stay away from them! Only two portions of fruits a day (each portion is a hand full), and no grapes, raisins, bananas, or dried fruits with added sugars.

As a personal chef, I am used to cooking for clients on special diets such as Low Carb. But it is so different when you are the one being deprived of all that starchy goodness!
I am Brazilian. We eat rice and beans every day, and even though I don’t eat it every day, I could if I wanted to, since I always have beans in my fridge and freezer. I make a big pot of beans once a week. But even my pressure cooker was conspiring with this Low Carb Plan, since it exploded on me, as I was cooking my beans, and trying to resist the diet.

I didn’t even realize I was so addicted to sugar until I went trough withdrawal,  and let me tell you : it was bad. I was cranky, bloated, constipated,feeling weak, and had no energy.
I am on my second week of the diet, and I can say that the worst part is over. I have a lot more energy now, and my body is getting used to the new diet, so I don’t have cravings so often. I think the hardest part was the honey. I already used Stevia as a sugar substitute, but also enjoyed my daily honey. Well,honey, agave, and maple syrup are prohibited now.

Only three weeks ago, I was allowed to start exercising again. I have been going for walks and training with a personal trainer. I am so happy and grateful that after six months, I am getting back to almost having my life back again. I can now drive, carry grocery bags and sleep trough the night with almost no pain.

I feel that I am getting really close to full recovery. And I forget that at not such a distance past , it seemed like I would never feel whole again. After struggling with so much pain, my Western Medicine doctor could only offer me the options of narcotic painkillers, surgery or injections. I felt hopeless, and could not see the light at the end of the tunnel. I didn’t only want for my pain to go away, I wanted to heal.

That was when I found a Traditional Medicine natural doctor, in Brazil, who treated me with homeopathy,herbs, SAME, MSN, external clay applications, and rock salt.

When I returned to the U.S, I continued going to my Chinese Acupuncturist doctor, and being treated with him.
Then, I found a chiropractor that specializes in sports medicine, and he has been helping me heal through adjustments, applied kinesiology, supplements, and diet.

Wow, this healing journey has been taken six months, and enormous amounts of money and patience. But it is almost  over now,and I finally see that light at the end of the tunnel. I have learned so much from this experience…First and foremost that I wouldn’t be where I am without the love and support of my hubby, family and friends. And, of course,patience (again, and lots of it), resilience, faith, hope, trying really hard to think positive even when I was sad and down, asking for help, and letting people help me. I guess everything does happen for a reason.

*I am not a doctor, and is not my intention to give any medical advice here. These are supplements that were prescribed to me in the course of my treatment, by my doctors. Please consult your doctor before you take anything, since people have different reactions to supplements, and drug interactions.

Welcome Change- Bitter and Sweet

13 Oct


Life is so unpredictable! One day everything is well and the next second your life spins 180 degrees and you end up in a completely new, unfamiliar, and scary position. And have to live and see life through a different angle.

It all started a little over a month ago when what I thought I had muscle soreness from exercisizing a lot on a daily basis( vinyasa yoga, pilates, boot camp, running, biking). There was no amount of Tiger Balm, Icy Hot or Capsaicin that would make my pain go away and I ended up at the Emergency Room.

It turns out apparently I have Costochondrial Separation, what pretty much means my cartilage separated and unattached from my rib bones! Ouch! Rest, rib brace, and NO exercise or lifting of any kind allowed…up to 6 months to fully recover. Apparently this injury is common in atlethes that play tennis, golf or martial arts.

Didn’t even know such thing was possible!

I was having a hard time finding an specialist and in so much pain.

And then my beloved grandma, my Piccolla Nona, ended up in the hospital close to death in Brazil, for the third time this year.

So I didn’t think twice and hopped in a plane the next day to come and be with her. I should’t say hopped, it was more like I had Special Assistance to fly here, wheel chair and all. And I realized how hard is the life of a disabled person.

I started to see everything differently. All the little beautiful parts of our bodies that we take for granted. They all have their very important role , and I am so blessed and grateful for being healthy.

And how important it is to let go of all resentment and forgive those who we love today, because we don’t know how much longer they/us will be here. You see, my grandmother and I had a disagreement a while ago and were not really talking much for the past couple of years.

Anyways, I am here, in Brazil now, spending time with my grandma everyday, and it just feells like nothing ever happened between us, love is so much stronger than anything else!

And I am going to doctors, doing all kinds of exams to figure out what I have and which treatment I should follow.

I wanted to share this because I can say this past month has changed me enormously. It made me see life in a completely different way.

I am not going to say or do tomorrow what I can say or do today.

I am thankful for everything I am and all the people that are part of my life.

I welcome change. Buddishm calls it it Impermanence – all things change, life changes continously.

Just like a song by brazilian 80’s rock band Legiao Urbana says ” E preciso amar as pessoas como se nao houvesse amanha. Porque se voce parar pra pensar, na verdade nao ha.” Or – We need to love people as if there would be no tomorrow. Because if you stop and think, in reality, there is no tomorrow.

I would like to end this very serious and reflective post with a quote by Pema Chodron on Impermanence:

” That nothing is static or fixed, that all is fleeting and impermanent, it is the first mark of existence. It is the ordinary state of affairs. Everything is in process. Everything -every tree, every blade of grass, all the animals, insects, human beings, buildings, the animate and the inanimate – is always changing, moment to moment. “

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