My private therapeutic plan – The Fitnessista

Sharing my technique and the way I’ve elevated irritation and resolved some well being points over the previous 12 months.

***Warning: this publish incorporates pink eyeball footage. If that freaks you out, please be at liberty to skip this publish! 

Hello associates! I hope that you just’re having an incredible week. Ours has been spent slowly placing the home again collectively – I’ll share some pics of the brand new flooring quickly!- and preparing for spring journey and adventures.

For right this moment’s publish, I needed to share a bit extra about my well being journey over the previous 12 months and my plan.

Please understand that I’m not a health care provider, and this isn’t medical recommendation. In the event you’re struggling together with your well being, please attain out to your physician and get the help you want. Additionally, please don’t take, “you’re going to must stay with this” for a solution. There have been a handful of instances in our household the place I used to be advised that was the case and it was not true. Typically you want a 3rd or fourth opinion, however somebody is on the market who may also help you. You’ll be able to heal, and also you need to really feel wonderful.

This time final 12 months, issues went wacky with my eyes. It was a reasonably traumatic time – the Pilot was touring quite a bit, it was dance competitors season, and I needed to do a couple of of the dance competitions, and the large Disney journey for the parade solo parenting. It was all enjoyable stuff, but it surely was quite a bit. We had been preparing for our end-of-the-year occasion, planning for Liv’s first communtion, and I used to be pushing myself the toughest I’d ever pushed with energy coaching and intervals.

I don’t need to recap the complete story with my eyes – I have a post here, and a podcast episode here – however the nutshell model is that they had been neon pink for a lot of weeks, and the a number of eye docs had differing opinions on what induced it. At first they thought it was pink eye – I did antibiotics and it didn’t resolve, and stored coming again – and one thing had triggered it. The one factor that stored the irritation down was very intense steriod drops. One physician needed me to take them for 3 to 4 months!

I stored getting completely different solutions, and after seeing a number of eye docs, and my PCP, who helped me do some digging, we discovered a couple of issues:

– I had blepharitis, which was irritation of my eyelids, MGD (meibmoian gland dysfunction) and dry eye

– Two markers for Lupus got here again optimistic (ANA and DS-DNA)

– One thing was inflicting inflamamtion in my physique

The Lupus factor type of made sense to me. I’d had random stress rashes through the years, and generally my fingers would ache. I figured it was as a result of I spent a lot time on my telephone and typing. I felt low-energy, like all of the sleep on the planet wouldn’t make me really feel rested, and had a tough time recovering from my exercises. I might do one actually arduous exercise, and never have the ability to work out once more for 3-4 days afterwards. I began to get sick extra steadily… and once I had the flu, I used to be in mattress for 9 days. I knew one thing was inflicting my immune system to be on excessive alert.

My hair was unpredictable. I wouldn’t lose hair for some time, after which abruptly, I’d be shedding handfuls within the bathe.

I obtained a referral to rheumatology, however determined to attend till I may do some purposeful testing, and see if I may discover some solutions. Whereas I knew that this was happening in my physique, nobody may inform me WHY. Why did it occur so all of the sudden? What should be blamed for my eyes to flare so steadily? Why was I a number for blepharitis?? Since I wasn’t in any dire cirumstances, I made a decision to create an motion plan to see if I may get the irritation down.

I’m 100% symptom-free, and have been for the reason that finish of December. Once we re-did my blood work at my PCP in December, each Lupus markers had been destructive. (A lil observe: I didn’t *remedy* myself from Lupus. I used to be by no means identified as a result of I didn’t go to rheumatology.) Truthfully, daily I maintain my breath a bit once I get up and test my eyes. Once I get up, they’re shiny, clear, I can put on contacts once more, I not have joint ache, and I get up with vitality.

Whereas I’m nonetheless working to heal myself and discover stability with my physique, I really feel actually grateful that issues have improved a lot. Once you’re working to heal your self, it’s necessary to do not forget that it’s not a fast repair!! It may well take years to restore, however your physique does need to heal. <3

My private therapeutic plan

Right here’s what I did, and what I’m doing at present:

No gluten or dairy:

– I began studying and researching as a lot as attainable concerning autoimmune situations and Lupus. ALL of the books I learn had a standard theme: do away with gluten and dairy. I minimize them each out final July – have solely had them a handful of instances since then – and seen a right away enchancment. I truthfully don’t even miss them that a lot as a result of there are such a lot of wonderful gf and dairy-free recipes and choices at eating places, and since I really feel so a lot better with out them. (I’m engaged on a gluten-free sourdough and can publish the recipe when it’s good!)

Useful testing:

– Since I completed my IHP2 certification last year, I ran some checks on myself. I did a Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis, Candida, Metabolic and Vitamins test, and an IgG food sensitvity test. From right here, I may see how stress had depleted my physique, so I may work on rebuilding my mineral ranges.

I discovered that I had excessive ranges of micro organism, candida, and yeast markers, in addition to a number of diet deficiences that I may work to restore. I additionally had some meals sensitvities to keep away from whereas I began to heal my intestine.

Journaling for traits:

– I stored notes of every little thing in my telephone. Once I had a flare – my eyes would begin to itch, develop into tremendous pink, and watery – I famous my meals consumption that day. I began to develop into conscious of a standard theme: histamines.

Histamine load:

– Histamine was an enormous lightbulb second for me. It wasn’t simply high-histamine meals that triggered my eyes, it was a compound impact of histamines and allergens. The worst flares – the April one and the one in August – had been the results of a number of issues. In April, I’d been out gardening all day and didn’t put on sun shades. It was windy, and the dust and pollen had been flying into my eyes. We went to the films, the place I had an unlimited black tea; I’ve discovered now that black and inexperienced tea are HUGE triggers for me. One I minimize them out, my life modified. The excellent news is that I can nonetheless have espresso 😉

Because of this I can have some high-histamine meals right here and there, however am simply conscious of my histamine load all through the day.

Intestine restore and therapeutic protocols:

– Intestine restore. I’m doing the CBO protocol right now to heal my gut. It’s 12 weeks lengthy and whereas it was a bit difficult at first, I really feel wonderful. I can undoubtedly share a recap of my expertise with CBO.

– I’ve been consuming a number of veggies, fruits, lean proteins, wholesome fat (I’ve an avocado or fatty fish most days of the week), and have been consuming extra beans than I’ve in my total life. I’m additionally having far more potatoes (so good with Kerrygold butter and Redmond’s salt) and root veggies.

– I’ve finished the parasite protocol – parasites stay in biofilm, similar to the micro organism in my intestine and the demodex that was in my eyes!- so I needed to clear it out. This protocol is a straightforward one.


– Since final 12 months, I’ve solely finished energy coaching and low-impact exercises. I lastly really feel like I can push up the weights once more, and construct on extra intense cardio. I believe cardio is nice for us, however once you’re in a state of excessive stress, it may be useful to reduce.

– Right here’s what my routine at present appears to be like like:

F45 twice every week (solely energy or hybrid days)

Barre a couple of times every week

Sizzling yoga as soon as every week

Peloton or Sculpt Society for cardio as soon as every week

Day by day walks or a hike


– I’ve stored up with my quarterly functional detoxes, and have made an effort to cut back toxins in our home. We obtained these wonderful bathe filters, proceed to filter our ingesting water, and in addition removed our sofa and carpet as a result of they examined optimistic for mould. I sustain with my sauna blanket, dry brushing, and castor oil packs, too.

Nervous system regulation:

– This may have such a huge effect on therapeutic. When my eyes first flared, I used to be SO extremely pressured. I didn’t sleep for a lot of weeks as a result of I used to be up all night time Googling my signs and crying. This was 100% what I mustn’t have finished, however I couldn’t assist myself. I needed to begin to inform myself that I used to be going to get higher, my eyes had been going to heal, and I used to be going to be okay.

I began to make extra time for stillness and have stopped making an attempt to fill each second of daily. I’ve made sleep much more of a precedence and purpose for 8 hours every night time, 9-10 hours on the weekends. I pray daily and meditate on the PEMF Go Mat whereas I do my eye masks; it’s such a soothing deal with.

Whereas nervous system regulation has been essentially the most difficult facet of all of this, and I nonetheless have a LONG methods to go, I’m pleased with myself for making strides this 12 months.

It appears to be like like quite a bit once I kind all of it out, however this has been constructing and evolving over the previous 12 months. It’s all simply part of life now and is inherent; I don’t have to actually give it some thought anymore. As I’ve discovered extra and as I’ve continued to heal, I’ve made changes to the plan. I’m simply wanting ahead to our subsequent journey to Europe once I’m not anxious about my eyes the complete time 😉

Thanks for making it this far and for sticking with me over right here. Whereas I used to be within the depths of this, I used to be at a low level. All of you had been a shiny spot in my day.

If in case you have any questions, I’m pleased to reply them!

In the event you’re interested in purposeful testing, e-mail me topic: TESTING

Have an incredible day and I’ll see you quickly!



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