Mindful Monday #45: Heart and Soul
Happy Monday y’all!
This is an older post that I've decided to share again. Since then, things with my liver have gotten a bit better. Two years ago, I was told my gallbladder as well as my liver were in jeopardy. This blog is back from when I was first discovering that my liver was not in good shape. Since I wrote this post, I have continuously watched my weight. Yet the struggle to get my liver healthier continues to go on. To make a long story short, due to the amount of medication my body was digesting, my gallbladder needed to be removed. During the surgery, they would also take a piece of my liver to be tested. Afterwards, the test results came back that I had a fatty liver. Before the surgery I had tried my best to control my fat and sweet intake. Seeing the test results, it was more than obvious I needed to try harder.
Initially we made vegetarian menus for the week. Both Dale and I grew up on meat and potato family meals. You can imagine how strange it was coming up with ideas at first. Before long it became like second nature to pick out healthier options at the store. My biggest weakness are French fries. We finally bought a Ninja Foodi which has an air fryer. We’ve made our own fries and they’re wonderful! I switched to healthier snack and food choices to grab when I was out running errands. I had a regular exercise routine and had lost fifteen pounds.
Then I’m not sure exactly what happened. I cannot blame anything or anyone but myself. It was my personal domino effect. My back pains got much worse, which started the depression, and finally I wanted the “comfort foods.” Do you want to know the wacky thing? I was still active despite my back hurting, the depression, and I was losing weight. So, I didn’t think anything about it. About two weeks ago, I got really sick with what I thought was a stomach virus. There was a moment one night where I almost went to the hospital. I contacted my general physician and thankfully I got better. Naturally my doctor was worried about my pain and thought there may be some blockage in my liver. Shortly after my conversation with her, I went to do a blood test. I have this blood test done every three months to make sure my body is in good shape due to all the medication I take. Sure enough, my blood test results came back showing that my liver is worse than last year.
I’ve looked up foods that can help clean my liver. If I can avoid another surgery, I will try anything within reason! 15 Foods that Cleanse Liver showed me some items that I include in my diet: Almonds, apples, avocados, blueberries, and pomegranate (tea). Keep those stories and comments coming!! Please continue to stay safe purple butterflies! Thank you for taking the time to read my blog today! If you’re enjoying my blogs, why not subscribe to my website? My blogs will go straight to your email. It’s free to sign up! Tell your friends! Tell your friends to tell their friends!
Till next time! Be well!
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Rachel Barclift, has been suffering from Fibromyalgia for many years. She went to the doctor, never finding any answers for years. She went to one doctor who told her the pain was all in her head. In 2011, she finally found a doctor that believed her! She was officially diagnosed by her rheumatologist and she was so relieved! She writes blogs in hopes to help others find positivity.