Hi. It’s Dr. Connie.
In my 19 years of living with Lupus, I’ve experienced a wide range of mysterious symptoms.
From weight gain to weight loss, constipation to diarrhea, hair loss to hair growth, fatigue to increased energy, and overall, sickness to health.
While I diligently nursed my body back to health, I can’t tell you that any one intervention was responsible for reversing my symptoms.
Physiologically, I went from being vegan when diagnosed to being a carnivore, as recommended by my Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor at the time.
I lost a scary amount of weight in a short time upon getting diagnosed. My blood pressure became high and then too low.
Hormonally, my body went through some changes from getting pregnant twice with two episodes of kidney inflammation.
My weight crept up when my kidneys began to get affected by Lupus, and I quickly lost the weight when I went into remission.
My cholesterol levels were extremely high due to corticosteroids, as were my blood sugar levels, but both came right back down when I weaned off of corticosteroids.
What I can tell you is that my body’s gone through some changes over the years.
Excess stress in my life caused some of these changes, while the toxic medications caused others.
Putting Health in Perspective
I write to you about this today because of all the autoimmune patients that write to me daily, it seems they are going through a similar experience.
Some are scared to death due to weight loss while some are gaining weight everyday.
When I was younger, I had lots of questions so I did what I do best. I studied and researched in hopes of understanding what was going on with me.
I never did get a satisfying answer as to why I was having specific symptoms and why my symptoms were so different from others with the same condition.
My relationship with my Rheumatologist became more routine over the years with the understanding that their only viable solution was mainly monitoring my Lupus with the script pad.
I realized early on that my health was something I’ve got to take control over.
I still had many burning questions about my specific lab values. I’d obsess over what the levels meant and compared the levels diligently from visit to visit.
I still have a file cabinet dedicated to my labs over 19 years.
Becoming a Rebel
Doctors assessed the same labs and prescribed the same meds over 19 years.
What my doctors don’t know is that often I’d wean myself off of the meds that they prescribed and my symptoms began to improve without the meds.
Initially I was scared to death to take matters into my own hands as my health was fragile, and I didn’t know as much as I know now.
But over the years, I found myself getting bolder each year as I understood the limits of what meds can do.
They didn’t know I’d weaned myself off.
They kept prescribing and when I argued to wean off, they would print various research studies to convince my inquisitive mind of the necessity of such toxic treatment.
But I felt such research cohorts didn’t really apply to me.
Having done the research myself in graduate school, I found lots of gaps in clinical studies and trials, and questions kept burning in my mind.
I work really hard to not only maintain my health, but to optimize my health. Many of you practice yoga with me and are my patients in my office, and have witnessed my health.
Among my friends and family, I can proudly say that I am the healthiest in the room.
All this to drive my point for today’s blog.
Change is Progress
We are dynamic beings. We evolve and change physiologically, psychologically, and emotionally everyday.
So does your health. Your needs from 10 years ago are very different from your needs today.
But we all want a perfect diet, exercise, or a pill to solve a problem.
We need to embrace the fact that our lives and health are not black and white. We are all different, what works for one person may not work for others.
This has proven clinically for me over 19 years of being in practice.
So with that said, what do you do to get your health back on track?
I would tell you to start with the basics.
1. Begin your day with lemon water. Squeeze 1/2 lemon into a glass and add water to start your day.
2. Exercise daily. It can be a walk with your dog, a yoga class, or going to the gym. Pick an activity that you can enjoy and commit to it.
3. Hydrate. Make an intentional effort to drink water everyday. As a rule of thumb, you should drink 1/2 your body weight in oz per day.
4. Practice gratitude. Our disposition is not automatic, it’s something we must intentionally cultivate. Write three things that you are grateful for everyday to remind yourself that your life is just as you want it to be.
5. Practice intermittent fasting. Fast for at least 12- 15 hours a day. For example, if you finish dinner at 7 pm, eat breakfast the next day between 7 and 10 am. Fasting is not only anti-aging, but can help your body decrease inflammation, burn fat for energy, and provide you with an energy boost.
6. Eat vegetables with every meal. Green leafy and non starchy vegetables contain prebiotics, fiber, and nutrients that your body needs.
Take Control Over Your Health
Elaborate and complicated regimens cause our minds to shut off. Keep things simple and easy for now and get started.
You’ll notice an energy boost, surge of confidence, and you’ll feel in control over your life and your health.
Then you’ll be less likely to revert back to your old ways of being tired or sick all the time and continue to shift Alkaline.
And you bet we will be with you every step of the way.
I realize that today’s blog is very basic but I needed to make sure to start with the basics, as too often, we get lost in complicated advice and we never even start.
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Thanks so much, see you soon.