Hey Health Queen!
Thanks for checking in 🙂
Firstly I’d like to start by saying that while to some it may look like I’m super healthy in the above picture – I’M FAR FROM IT.
I don’t have abs, I’ve just lost way too much weight after having next to no appetite and frequents vomiting episodes from chronic pain.
I’m saying this because I used to fantasise about skinny “fitspo” models on Instagram for HOURS and now that I’ve “achieved” that body – I just want my old, healthy body back, EXACTLY the way it was.
Ok, so, now that’s out of the way – I’ll get into it.
Trying to keep an active routine at home when your body is unpredictable can be really tricky.
It’s all about learning to find that balance of knowing when to push yourself and when to rest. (which I’m sorry to say – is a bit of trial and error).
My #1 piece of advice is don’t over-commit and don’t push yourself to the point you’re flaring up. But also don’t lie in bed for months on end, hoping for things to get better on their own, (like I did).
The fact is, any kind of exercise has massive anti-inflammatory benefits. It also helps to regulate brain chemicals – which can then affect the functioning of your entire body.
If you’ve been struggling lately, having a goal to run in the next local marathon probably isn’t going to be a very achievable task. There are going g to be days when just getting out of bed to have a shower is your “cardio” – and that’s ok!
If you can, get yourself to a physio (I tell you how you can do it for free here) and they’ll create an exercise routine that works for your body.
I also want to mention – when it comes to diets and stuff I think it’s all getting a little too confusing. There’s so much conflicting information out there it’s one big clusterfuck. Which can be really frustrating when you just want to know what helps!
The fact is, everybody is made up of different blood types, genetics, hormones – everything – it’s all different.
I think it’s important to stay mindful of foods we KNOW trigger flare-ups (like sugar and caffeine) but that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to cut them out completely.
Doing an elimination diet is one of the best ways to see what your body reacts and doesn’t react to, but you’ll need to make sure you do it under medical supervision with regular testing to make sure you’re still meeting your nutritional needs.
In the meantime, stay mindful and give your health your best effort – your body deserves it!
Sending love, hugs and pain-free days