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Taking care of everyone also means taking care of you

Since my last bout of illness about 3 months ago (and 2 separate sleepovers in hospital) I have made some subtle changes to what I eat and how I take care of myself. It’s not anything major, just small changes, but yesterday I realised how much it has helped me. I have a little friend who is very ill in Melbourne hospital with Crohn’s at the moment and we were texting last night. She was telling me how she needs to take better care of herself and not feel bad about putting herself first. I couldn’t agree more.

When I was sick a few months ago I was having trouble eating food. That’s not usual for me even when I have a Crohn’s flare – I still manage to be able to eat. I do slow down on the intake when I am sick because of the toilet visits, but mostly I can still eat. But this last time I felt like food and I were not friends. I was feeling really lethargic, my skin was terrible and I wasn’t sleeping overly well…

I made a quick decision to change some of my eating. I went to skim milk, no butter, less sugar, no alcohol (not that I did drink much anyway and if I do want a drink I have been enjoying vodka, lime, and soda with no sugars or fermented stuff). It might not sound huge, but just with those small changes I then started to think about each meal a little differently… chicken breast instead of a bbq chook, light dressing on a salad, no bread with that… just a few small things. I would say the biggest one would be less sugar. I have always had a sweet tooth and still do, but I am happy to have less of it now.

I noticed I had dropped a couple of kgs too. Not intentionally, but I knew I had. I thought I’d weigh myself yesterday and I was pleasantly surprised. I think this is why I am writing this blog post today because just with those small diet changes I have noticed so many beneficial things. My jeans feel good, I am not bloated and my skin isn’t as dry. Actually, I discovered I have been constantly dehydrated as well. I have been taking a hydralyte every couple of days and my skin hasn’t been as flaky (immunosuppressant drugs don’t help your skin!). Plus I’ve been on Swisse Hair, Skin and Nails supplements for about 4 weeks and I feel it’s beneficial.

Whether this will continue I don’t know! But I hope I stay on top of taking care of myself. I think I have to because the results are proving to be good. Doing this over the last 3 months has also helped my entire family. What I eat, the kids and husband also eats… so overall we’ve all been eating a bit better.

Taking care of me first is more important than I realised. ♥ KC.

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10 Comments

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    Wendy Perry

    June 22, 2016

    Hi Katrina so pleased to see your feeling better after those changes… Have you tried coconut oil instead of toothpaste? Many say toothpaste may cause Chrons? Maybe research it? We use coconut instead of other oil for cooking etc..

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      Katrina

      June 22, 2016

      Hi Wendy, I have recently helped organise a website which sold coconut oil and have been meaning to try it actually. Shall do! X

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    Keti Hatzipashalis

    June 22, 2016

    Getting better at this!

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    Tina

    June 22, 2016

    I’m pleased to hear that you’re feeling better, Katrina. And of course you’re right – you need to take care of yourself first and foremost, and implementing little changes can definitely go towards making a huge difference.

    Another vote for oil pulling (if that’s what Wendy is referring to?) – I cannot believe how white my teeth have become since starting it about six months ago. I do still clean my teeth, but I’ve noticed my overall oral health is better … and my gums are much healthier too.

    My favourite ‘taking care of myself’ thing to do is have a hot bath with lots of Radox (muscle soak), grab a trashy magazine, light a few soy candles, and sit back and relax. Total bliss. Next up would be my twice-daily meditation sessions … I just live for them now.

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    Joanne

    June 24, 2016

    Katrina,
    Sorry to hear about your friend not being so well at the moment- sending positive and healing vibes to her. Being sick for so long, we often forget about ourselves and what we should be doing.
    I ignored some pretty severe symptoms about 2 months ago, thinking that it was just a flare up of my CRPS – little did I know, it was a mini-stroke.
    We all need a reminder to step back and look after ourselves.
    Be kind to you x

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      Katrina

      June 24, 2016

      Hope you’re ok too lovely. XX

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    Nat

    June 24, 2016

    Thanks for sharing Katrina. I’ve recently been diagnosed with Chrons and have been thinking more and more about my diet and the sugars. Whilst I’m generally better, I know deep down I’m going to feel better if I reduce the intake of all the white stuff. I’m addicted to sugar but you’ve inspired me. Thank you for your blog.

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      Katrina

      June 25, 2016

      You’re welcome Nat. I hope you’re feeling ok. XX

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    Kylee

    June 25, 2016

    Another really timely post.
    Like I’m sure everyone does, I’ve been putting my own health on the back burner for far too long. Over the last two months I did a little lifestyle challenge with my extended family and some small changes really made some big differences. Now I just need to keep them up.
    I’m glad to hear you are feeling so much better.

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      Katrina

      June 25, 2016

      That’s awesome. Good on you. X

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