Part 2 of “Coming Out of the Brain Closet”/or Being Grateful to My Lord, is the Healthiest Secret I Know

January 23, 2019

As a new year begins I do not do resolutions! But this I can do; I want to add things that are good for me and rid myself of things that do not benefit me. I learned a long time ago that I should (should is the operative word) listen and be in tune with my body (sometimes I didn’t always listen). It will talk to me and tell me what I need and now at 66 years old I finally “get it!” It was like a light bulb moment, several years ago when I finally realized that what I was putting into my body affected my body! I was diagnosed with gout awhile back, but never changed my rich diet! Frequently, at night I would get leg cramps that killed me and had me running and hopping around my living room like a nut! I tried ice packs, heat, potassium, and even pickle juice, nothing worked. This was disrupting my sleep for about an hour, and I love my sleep and hated anything disrupting it! Until I cut back and practically have eliminated red meat from my diet! I finally made the connection; that the uric acid from the red meat was causing my cramps! Today is a new day. These are a few of the things I do to help myself. Hopefully you can learn something from my own journey.

My journey has been a path of a hundred               salvations
Nicole Taylor

1. I need to move and exercise. I luv my aqua aerobics, which I have done for approximately 10 years now. I also enjoy doing a very fast paced walk, taking in the morning fresh air by breathing and spending time with God’s beauty.  I will restart when it is warmer here (where I live it is very windy and has freezing weather) so I stopped walking outdoors. But, I know all of the above help my joints and overall body feel better. And most recently I have been introduced to Pilates. 

2. I eliminated sugar over 30 years ago because everything has sugar in it and it is poison! I do not do sodas. You could not find sugar in my home. I keep a small bag of coconut palm sugar, if I really have to add a little sugar to a dish.

3. I’ve cut my in-take of red meat, fried food, carbohydrates. I mainly eat chicken, turkey, salad, vegetables and  grains i.e. quinoa, brown rice, etc. I try to eat an anti-inflammatory diet.

4. I drink a lot of water I especially like alkaline water, since it is anti-inflammatory.

5. I try to stay away from most diary, adults do not require dairy pass the age of 6 years old (I think that’s what the research shows). Although, cheese is a weakness.

6. I do Apple Cider Vinegar daily, mixed with water. 

7. About once a week I make a pitcher of green tea and add fresh ginger, fresh mint, lemon juice and slices and drink thoughout the day. I usually drink it in 3 to 4 days.

8. I use many essential oils topically. 

9. I get monthly massages which I love and they make my body happy.

10. A passion of mine are herbs. I like everything about them especially growing them and surrounding myself with them. I always keep lavender near me and find it therapeutic for my soul. I luv Christian music, it is soothing and speaks to me.

It is a real struggle daily, I will not lie, I like my occasional hamburger, chocolate candy bar or Ferrero Rocher. I am human and still have my weaknesses, but I know my body feels so much better now that I have changed my eating habits. 
And last, but most important to me; I pray without ceasing. I am so grateful to my Lord for helping me feel better and improve my health. 

By His wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:5

My Lord has gently embraced me and I know he wants me healthy and strong to further His Kingdom here on earth. 

Mi Corazón, my husband has also been medicine for my soul. First and foremost he loves the Lord. He is gentle, kind, non-judgemental, non-critical and loving. He encompasses all of the qualities I needed in a husband. The qualities I had not seen growing up. 

Just yesterday I made a call to a local organization that is in charge of volunteer programs in my community of Abilene, Tx. My goal this year is to do some type of volunteer work in the community or through my church. My heart has been wanting to do this for awhile and I have postponed due to our move. I look forward to see where the Lord leads me. 

Thank you, Father

Abrazos y Besos

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I am perpetually creative, and my eyes “feel” art everywhere. Who am I, I am an open book. I believe that sharing “from the heart” with one another is what connects us, heals us, and inspires us! My love for my Lord, family, friends, cooking, crafting, gardening/nature, vintage, sewing and different cultures; these passions and too many more to list, have moved my hand to paper, thus, Abrazos y Besos. In addition to a nudge by my baby sister, Dudies. My last name is Hug which means Abrazo in Spanish, hence the name of my blog: “Abrazos y Besos” translating to “Hugs & Kisses.” I will focus on our personal life journey with Mi Corazon (Augie Hug) sprinkled with love, spice and fun. Please tune in. Philippians 4:13 New King James Version (NKJV) 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

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