Costa Rica, Journey to Health

Day 7 – Reflection

Good morning! ☀️

It’s a beautiful, 76 degrees this morning. The sky is blue and the clouds are slowly moving across the sky, like watching a snail move across a warm sidewalk. It is windy season, so the winds 🌬 blow almost every day in the morning and evening, but the afternoon we usually have a little break. Which is nice, because the noise the winds make can be quite obnoxious. 😉

I woke up rather early for a Saturday, 6:20 a.m. to be exact. Not wanting to sleep longer than needed has been one of the more positive side effects that have come to me over the past 7 days. As more and more of the toxins recede, the need to sleep is lessening. Interesting! 🤔 (👈🏻 this is my favorite emoji! I just had to use it!)

So after a couple rounds of meditative stretching, I sat down to write my gratitude thoughts and also ponder a spiritual question that I had. I used my scriptures to help me find the answer that I was in need of. As soon as I found it (about 20 verses of reading), an immense feeling of peace and love washed over me. I now know that I will be able to figure out what I need to do.

As I put my broken journal down upon the couch, 👆🏻I quickly noticed the names written on these two pages. This is my family tree. This is my motivation to get healthy. My mom has invited my daughter to join her on a trip to see specific parts of Europe where our ancestors are from. Thankfully I have also be invited to go as “extra support”. I am deeply thankful for this opportunity, but my health needs to be tip top in order for this trip to be truly successful.

The goal was to go on this trip sometime this year, but neither myself or my mom are physically healthy. I’m grateful how a desire to see where our ancestors walked could bless our family’s lives. Because of this trip, I am facing some big fears and so far, when temptation strikes, I think of these people, on these two pages, and I find the desire to say, “No! I must do what is best for my future and refuse this present temptation.”

Yesterday was a MUCH BETTER day for me! I started with my gelatin drink and it actually tasted nice for a change. Almost too nice, because I feared drinking it ever again. I felt I might ruin this new, wonderful memory of gelatin helping me feel better. Here’s the recipe by the way, in case you are interested in using it for yourself when your stomach is a mess. I highly recommend it for kids, as shared in the blog post I got the recipe from.

I rested a lot of the morning but found myself needing to get up and face the day. I needed to go get blood work done before my appointment next Wednesday. But first, I had to eat something (it was 11:15 am), for I knew blood work and low blood sugar do not go well together. So I ate:

  • 1 hard boiled egg
  • 1.5 cups of chicken broth with potato flakes (it was a bit thicker this time)
  • 1 individual bottle of aloe vera juice
  • 1 cup of turmeric, ginger, white pepper tea
  • A large blender bottle of water

I drove myself, through crazy traffic, to a great lab that is open-minded to speaking English. Only to have the lab tech go to lunch for an hour. 🤦🏻‍♀️ So I sat in my car and waited the hour, while visited with my health angel, Sarene. The labs went quickly and I was on my way home, when low blood sugar hit me. I felt weak and sleepy.

I stopped at our closest Walmart to buy a few things the family needed, and hoped I could find myself something safe and quick to eat. Sarene suggested rice cakes and they were actually pretty great! Until I saw later that night that they are made of brown rice. 🤦🏻‍♀️ Oops! I was forbidden to eat anything high fiber.

Instead of stressing, I hoped the food would pass or be accepted because of its changed nature. 🤷🏻‍♀️ We’ll see. Only time will tell. But I think these rice cakes got my stomach going because hunger hit. I immediately made myself some roasted potatoes and butternut squash with just butter and salt. They tasted heavenly! I also finished off the can of light syrup pears I had opened the other day, and I drank another aloe vera.

But I was still hungry? 🤔

For dinner, Paul had tuna salad with crackers. I looked up the food guide that I am using and saw that these foods, minus pickle relish, were acceptable. So I gave them a try. 🤢 I only ate 3 crackers and then I immediately felt sick. Was it the cracker or the tuna? I don’t quite know. 🤨

I felt so disappointed. I am learning how good food really helps a person feel satisfied with living their full day. I took a half tablespoon of mini chocolate chips and sucked on them and then set off for bed. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Oh well!

This morning I woke up with a heartburn headache. It is a burning sensation, almost like camp fire smoke has filled my head. My eyes are burning and I feel a bit irritable. I asked my sweet hubby to make me a gelatin drink and I chose to meditate and stretch, hoping to give some positive balance to what I am experiencing.

I do have a family trip I am going on, starting tomorrow until the night before my procedure. I don’t know yet what I will eat, but I hope that as I prepare the food for everyone else, I will be inspired to know what to pack for myself. All one can do is try!

Happy Saturday!

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