I get it! Do you?
Have you ever watched a TV commercial and literally had your mouth water over a food commercial? did this big desire ever make you go above and beyond to get that exact food?? This was me and my hubby, Jason, before Juicing and our 41 day old Vegan Lifestyle (diet is a dirty word after none of them worked). I won't talk for Jason, but for me, my emotional ties to food were HUGE and I felt totally out of control and reaching hopeless status super fast. So bad I cried on Day 3 for 5 hours and I mean non-stop. All the while sorting through what I was sad about--was it missing food? was I hungry? was this emotional or physical pain or a combo?
Everything was so maxed out all over my body that I was super confused and in a detox haze that turned into detox flu a few days later and then lasted for 2 weeks.
After we started our quest to get healthy in 2010 (after my hubby and I saw photos of ourselves at a family wedding), I got 2 NEW health conditions--In June of 2012, I got unexplained hand rashes that would crack and bleed and water, lotions, my shampoo, etc etc made my hands burn and get worse. My hands turned out to be the catalyst for my deep NEED to find a cure that would allow my body to heal itself. And then in May 2013, I was diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes. Both of these were huge blows to me since I was working on me the whole time!! AND I had no confidence in focusing on me (hadn't done that since teenage years). They say once you become Mom, your focus is on your children and you will never be #1 again. I am living proof that you will NOT be alive if you don't learn to find a way to meet your needs also!!! Its necessary for everyone to take care of themselves and its NOT selfish to love your self and have healthy self esteem and healthy self confidence. Our society and media get it wrong MOST of the time!!! I figure if we get a cut on the outside of our bodies and we leave it alone, our bodies heal themselves. Why can't we also heal the inside with proper nutrition and hydration? Its worked for me and all this will be in my book, but I won't rush to publish until I have the full story. Plus I Won't quit eating only fruits and veggies and juicing daily until my body is back to its healthy self. Even then I will continue to live clean and vegan except on holidays and special occasions as I have learned is very easy to adhere to plus I never get hungry headaches or brain fog anymore. I don't miss cravings, I don't miss the dependence, I don't miss being that out of control and I definitely don't miss the pain!!!!!!
Love & hugs to ALL my Pain Brothers and Pain Sisters worldwide struggling with pain and illness--Keep up all your hard work!! I know EVERY day is a different kind of challenge you must endlessly re-evaluate and adapt to. Its normal to become weary at just the thought of your pain and feeling your pain is just on top of that weariness, then add emotional stress and physical stress of your pain and all the side effects from any meds you take and any medical conditions caused by the meds or medical conditions caused by the extra stress, and so on and so on.... ad infinitum (spelling in latin? NOT!)! Its taxing to your soul and overwhelming to your body and spirit, but YOU are never alone!!! That's why I made PSS!!
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Written by Liz Hall, Founder of PSS