Fixing the body

To prepare for my upcoming procedure, I’ve been very focused on doing “all the right things” mind and body and spirit. For me, it has involved a random mix of the following: running, yoga, meditation, prenatal vitamins, acupuncture, visualizations, and a real conscious effort to manage my stress levels. It all sounds good on paper, of course, but for a candy addicted sloth like me, it has been somewhat of a struggle. I’ve definitely been running more than usual and have been to yoga a few times over the last couple of months. And I’ve meditated a little bit here and there (though definitely not on a daily basis, and usually for no more than 10 minutes at a time). But I have to say, modifying my sugar intake has been the biggest challenge. I have huge sugar cravings usually and my favorite time of year for fruit is the Summer time because of the abundance of delicious peaches, melons, and berries. Unfortunately, many fruits (although essentially healthy) are too high in natural sugars to be eaten in the large quantities and at the high frequency that I normally eat them in. My acupuncturist encouraged me to eat more berries and apples and save my indulgence in melon to maybe once a week, and to focus on upping my dark green vegetable intake. Apples!!! Gah!! Boring fruit is what I like to call them. BORING!!!  She also encouraged me to eat more eggs and also nuts as snacks.

Alas, in the midst of my diet change, I collapsed in Central Park during lunch one day with a friend. We had been sharing avocado and hummus that I was eating on gluten free bread. Gluten free bread FFS! And yet, I almost fainted from some kind of food allergy. For the next 2 days I felt like crap, but continued to try to keep my diet reasonably healthy. I managed to even go running again a few days later, to get myself back on track.

Then just a week ago, I went out too late one night and woke up 2 days later with a cold sore on my lip. When I went to acupuncture that night, I was told to cut all nuts and certain vegetables, and even fruit!!! All for the sake of my immune system and my eggs.

My body is slowly recovering from the hit it took last week and I haven’t exercised at all since then. I’ve had candy a few times but usually no more than 1 or 2. I don’t feel in the best shape but I don’t want to delay the egg process any longer. There is really nothing more I can do at this point to improve my situation. It’s kind of too late. It all begins in 2 days!!

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