Covid-19. A term that makes most of us shutter at this point. Two weeks to flatten the curve has turned into over 6 months of complete life altering changes. Depending on where you live will determine just how badly 2020 has scarred you. For our family things were especially difficult. Both my parents got covid and to top it off they got it in the beginning of the pandemic when seemingly no one knew what they were doing. Additionally, we happen to live in a state that was locked down more severely than others. Sometimes my need-to know personality gets the best of me in situations like this. I basically turned into a research obsessed insomniac. I wanted to know everything I could about this virus. I wanted to know any possible way I could help my parents. The really odd part about me- I didn't care how horrible the information was that I found. Knowing was less stressful than being in the dark. Knowing was certainly less stressful than doing nothing but listening to the media with "mask-up" and "6 feet apart" being repeated day in and day out. Now I went down a lot of rabbit holes. Some I believed and some I didn't. I think there is some level of truth in a lot of it. However, I'm not here to talk about all the crazy things I've read in the last 6 months. What I do want to talk about is how covid helped me. Yes- helped me!
Ok, before you think I'm a nut, hear me out. My entire life I has been spent in and out of doctors offices and hospitals with various illnesses. Never life threatening, but rather quality of life impacting. When I was little I suffered from lactose intolerance and anemia. As a teenager and young adult I suffered from endometriosis and other pelvic pain disorders. I have had a total of 8 surgeries including my 3 c-sections. My last and final pregnancy scared the ever-loving-heck out of me and when it ended with a postpartum hemorrhage it scared my husband to death. Seeing the look on his face as he watched every nurse and the on-call doctor on the floor rush into my hospital room was more terrifying than the pain I was currently in. In between all that I just listed, I was sick with something all the dang time. Stomach bugs, sinus infections multiple times a year, bronchitis and the occasional influenza. I'm no stranger to people saying "you are sick again" or "I'm going to put you in a bubble". If I'm being completely honest- those words hurt like hell. I can't begin to explain how it feels to hear friends and some of your closest family say those words over and over again. As lighthearted as they might be I can't help but think every time I hear it is "do you really think I want to be sick again" or "do you honestly think I am not aware this is the 5th cold I've had this year." So when covid came around of course I heard "if anyone is going to get it, it's going to be Ali". How do you think that made me feel #1 and #2 of course I panicked..... at first.
So, yes covid helped me. All the obsessive research I did honestly should have been done years ago. It took a pandemic to cause me to research and in-turn stumble upon information I wish I bothered to look up before. What ended up happening was time and time again I would come across a doctor making claims on the subject of covid, and that find would lead me to read up on other topics they have taught on or written about. Many of these doctors that are essentially being silenced have given me invaluable information about my own personal health and my immune system. I'm not here to talk about what those doctors opinions are in relation to covid. That is up to each individual to research on their own, and I implore you to ask God to help you discern what might be true if you do chose to look into it. But, what I am here to tell you is that I finally learned, or should I say I am learning what I have been doing wrong all my life and I am in the process of correcting it.
Taking supplements is important, but equally important is taking the right supplements. This is something I didn't know. First of all I was horrible about remembering to take the most basic daily multivitamin and any other supplements were not even in our medicine cabinet. I have learned that not all supplements are created equal and we have since added a regiment that I believe is a huge contributing factor in my overall health. I learned that some supplements are simply not a high enough dose and taking a low does does us no good. I also learned that some supplements were designed for better absorption and others pass right through us. Basically you could be spending money on supplements that your body does not even absorb. They will enter and exit the body without helping you at all. Ever since starting our new routine, which I will share below, I have not been sick (runs to knock on some wood). Honestly, the last time I got sick with a cold was February 2020. We joke that it was likely covid and I didn't know it. Of course I still suffer from the occasional headache and mild allergies- but I have not been sick and for me this is HUGE. Additionally there have been numerous times I have felt something coming on and by simply upping my dose of some supplements and responsibly utilizing my essential oils I have been able to nip it in the bud in less than 24 hours.
My current routine:
- Doterra Lifelong Vitality Pack
- NutriVein Premium Liposomal Vitamin C (enhanced absorption) 1600 MG
- Designs For Health Hi-Po Emulsi-D3 (liquid dropper)
- Mary Ruth's Ionic Zinc (liquid dropper)
Feeling Under the Weather
- Newtons Homeopathics Sick Stopper
- Doterra On Guard, Lavender, Frankensense, Oregano, Melaleuca & Lemon
Food is medicine!
I love food y'all. I love food a lot. However, growing up my life was filled with some heavily processed foods. Of course we had our meals where we made everything from scratch, but more often than not some version of a boxed meal was involved in our weeknight dinners. Hamburger helper anyone? Another way to think of it is the majority of our grocery cart was filled with items found in the middle of the grocery store. The middle of the store is filled with some of the most highly processed and toxic foods that you could put in your body. Sad but true. We were no strangers to drive-thru's either, especially as I got older and our schedules were hectic. I know you can probably relate. I battled weight for the majority of my childhood. The times my weight was at its heaviest I was consuming the most processed foods. At my peak I was eating ramen noodles for a snack daily. On top of the fact that I gained a lot of weight, I had zero energy and was the sickest I ever was in my life. Now as an adult I love to cook and I would say when we cook in our house we ate pretty clean. However, life for us is busy and there are many times we pickup dinner because there was simply no time. Obviously getting McDonalds at 10 o'clock at night isn't the best move no matter who you are, but it was our reality. Even when we did cook at home there was room for improvement. For example, cooking raw veggies always seemed like an inconvenience to me. This is something I have changed just recently and I have also done a complete overhaul of the pantry. Another cool way to think about it is that God gave us everything we would need for proper health and he gave it to us in its natural state. I am doing a cleanse from a book that I have enjoyed reading recently called the Essential Oils Diet and I have never felt better.
I am planning to upload a few blog posts with some recipes that are part of my current diet and I think they will shock you. I have been blown away with the flavor packed options on my list knowing I have cut out meat, dairy and most grains for at least 30 days. Lastly, we have permanently given up some foods that will shock many. Three months ago we said goodbye to pork and all seafood except fish. Yup- goodbye bacon! This will be a subject I cover in a separate blog because I know I am going to get some interesting questions.
So yes, thank you Covid. Thank you for being what pushed me to research and finally take my health seriously. I am no longer relying on others, but rather on myself to take care of the body that God blessed me with.
When things get difficult I will remember 1 Corinthians 6:19-20. "Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own, you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies."