Back Home Again – Day 22 – Challenges and the GOOD STUFF


I recently returned from my trip back East. I’m glad to be home. 

A couple of days before I left, I read the label on one of my favorite Yogi Teas. I had not anticipated having a gluten problem with my tea; I already started drinking it! Sure enough, it read, “barley malt extract.” Alas, the tea is not gluten free. So, suffice it to say, it’s not my favorite tea for a long while, if ever again. The tea will be a gift to someone else who can *fully* appreciate it. It’s called, “Healthy Fasting,” and it’s designed to help with detoxification. See the link above. I may want to write them a letter.

Some of my GI problems are clearing up. I’m able to “let go” more. I may have had reduced inflammation in my body because I had started to jog without an issue (2 weeks ago). But, sadly on my trip back East, and while still at the airport, it seemed like I had re-herniated my intervertebral disc. I moved in a way that caused some nerve pain – like I got kicked in the back. Basically, I had just walked off the plane and was saying to my husband “I feel so grateful that I can walk like this again.” We had a long stretch to walk from our first connecting flight to our next gate. 

So, I don’t know if I’m benefiting from decreased inflammation yet.

I have an amazing friend and chiropractor. She practices NSA (Network Spinal Analysis). She was able to help me stabilize the pain, and start the healing process again. This was during the days immediately following my return from the airport and the traumatic experience of that. I had re-injured my disc at the very beginning of my 5-hour layover in Detroit, and before my final 4-5 hour flight home. Needless to say, that it was so uncomfortable, that it even took an emotional toll on both myself and my husband.

Feeling incredibly grateful for my friend and chiropractor, as well as my school (Pacific College of Oriental Medicine), and my husband… I feel like I am in good hands. I *know* that no matter how traumatic or whatever painful experiences I have, I will become a much better practitioner, and my compassion, self-discipline, patience, all that GOOD STUFF… is growing. 

I was going to write about this on “My Healing Journey” blog, but I want to use that blog to communicate longer term trends. This blog, my blog about my diet and yummy stuff, will be updated more frequently.

Typing challenges:

Sitting can be very uncomfortable for me. Laying on my stomach and typing can be hard on my wrists and elbows as well as my neck, but is good for my back, because it’s sort of like cobra pose. That’s the other way I get by; I do cobra poses and backbends. I will reserve most of my writing and my need to type for school work. Please, if I do not reply quickly to comments, please understand how much I appreciate them. Hopefully I can learn to balance commenting with writing like the rest of y’all out there – you amazing blogging folks & inspiring friends.

Now for the good stuff:  

I found a great website on Gluten-Free eating. When I’m feeling well enough to cook, I’d like to try some of the recipes. If you are interested in trying any of them, let me know what you think! I was in a special mood for Oreo’s and that’s how I found this treasure: “PLAYING WITH OUR FOOD: Gluten-Free-Girl & the Chef”

Enjoy this website with me. I think she took the photo there up top. I read her ‘about’ section, and see how valuable she is as a resource to others – I want to showcase that! Hopefully someone can benefit. 


One thought on “Back Home Again – Day 22 – Challenges and the GOOD STUFF

  1. I had the same let-down with yogi teas! They had a digest/stomach blend I loved until I saw they use barley malt. Bummer. Now I’ve found others, Traditional Medicinals and Gaia have good options. Good luck!

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