Friday, December 4, 2015

Bone broth

This weekend I made some bone broth, and as I looked at the jars all bottled up. I remembered a blog talking about bone broth years ago.  The blogger had been diagnosed with colitis, and since she was a food blogger, she really focused on the different ways that food would help heal her body.  At one point she wrote a blog about bone broth and the health benefits and her hopes of how it would help her intestinal track.  She was also exploring acupuncture and other methods to help her manage her symptoms.     I remember reading the comments on that post and was shocked at how venomous people were about using food to heal the body.  Lots of readers commented that they were done with her blog and she had gone too far.  My heart hurt for her reading those comments and for the readers who weren't able to relate to having a chronic disease.  

When my doctor diagnosed me with interstial cystitis a month and a half ago, I started researching food, herbs and medications.  I have been weighing all the pluses and minuses.  I decided to keep with a strict diet and see how it helps.  It gets exhausting, and there are many times that I feel like giving up and just having a brownie.  There have been moments when I ask Adam if I am better off just calling the doctor and starting some medication, especially when I feel miserable.   

I ask myself constantly why am I taking this approach?   What are my values?   What is the language that I can use to remind me why I chose not to have a brownie or a glass of wine right now?   And because I am still processing this diagnosis, I am still figuring out what it means to me, the language is changing.  My focus is constantly being adjusted.   

Since I have not found stable ground yet, it makes everything seem less stable.  However I am very lucky, I have a ton of support and knowledgable people to help guide me through this process.   There are people I can lean on when the ground feels unstable and constantly changing.  

I continue going step by step, to see what is useful and what is not useful.   To decide what will help me thrive in this life, not survive.  

Question to consider:  How often do you pay attention to what you eat and how it makes you feel?  

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