Last weekend the weather was absolutely glorious. I was feeling energetic and motivated to get my Sunday “church” walk going. Every Sunday I head out early and hit the trails near my house. It has become my ritual of sorts. I love that I can simply walk out my door, up the street a bit and walk right into our beautiful forest in the city.
Once I got my pace going it wasn’t long before my ankle decided not to cooperate. I broke my leg just above my ankle a few years back and my strength in that area has not been the same. I also think I may be developing some arthritis in there. Some days it gets quite painful. I slowed my step, being mindful of how I moved my foot and continued along. Soon my back began its typical ache; it has been giving me some problems again. I lug around a traveling office now and it is literally a pain! My slow walking pace became meditative and methodical. With each physical adjustment I made a mental adjustment. I reminded myself to go with the flow, enjoy the peaceful scenery and take the opportunity to enjoy it more fully. Well, even with my slow, sure pace I still developed a pain in my hip that hurt enough to stop me. I took a seat on a fallen tree and just let the presence of nature soothe me as I sat.
I am not sure why I took this whole experience in such stride. I am usually not so patient with my body when it ails me and slows me down. This experience gave me a different perspective; one that definitely caused me some concern. I sat on that tree and wondered what I would have done had I been somewhere different. My new job keeps me walking all around the downtown/old town area of my city. I have places to be and I have timelines to meet. I walk up and down steep hills on my way to and from work. All of these activities are much more difficult with pain strong enough to disable my walking abilities.
I have only recently accepted that I live with chronic pain even though I have known this fact for quite some time. I simply do not like limitations in my body. I have really tried to ignore it to some degree and power on. I try to stay away from all the triggering foods that will create more ache in my joints. I do kind things to my muscles and joints in the form of supplements, ointments, soaks and stretches. I have become much more physically active even when I hurt, I still walk daily because I know it is the best thing I can do for myself. Still, in doing all these great things, I sometimes slip. Even when I don’t, I usually experience pain.
I am considering the elimination diet again. Not because I am concerned I have an allergy to a new food, but because it makes me feel clean on the inside. It feels somewhat like a detox for me. Regardless, I know this is an option and I also know now is not the time. For now, I am being more mindful of my food choices, making sure I incorporate anti-inflammatory foods in abundance. I came home from my walk and made an amazing brunch. This egg scramble and green juice concoction was filled with inflammation fighting ingredients. Try it for yourself and feel great!
This weekend the weather will be fantastic again. In fact, a little too hot for me! I will be heading to the beautiful Oregon coast for the weekend where it will be a perfect 70 degrees with blue skies! My Sunday “church” walk will look a little different yet still just as beautiful.
Saute’ 2 garlic cloves in 1 1/2 tsp of olive oil until softened. Add 1/2 cup shredded kale and cook until just wilted. Crack 2 eggs into pan and scramble with a fork, incorporating the kale and garlic. Cook to your desired consistency then add 1/4 tsp of cracked pepper to your finished dish.
Chop the following produce into chunks to add to your juicer:
1 beet (I used an orange beet)
1 Bartlett pear
3 carrots (mine were unpeeled)
2 celery stalks
3 good sized kale leaves