Naughty or Nice? Which will it be? My joints want to know the answer, and if I’m naughty they will let me know they don’t like it! They have already given me fair warning.
The holiday marketing blitz caught me by surprise a few weeks ago. I hadn’t mentally prepared for all the goodie temptations the season brings. I went to the grocery store and fell for the specials for ice cream, ice cream bars, snacks, and more. I loaded my cart with items full of preservatives, added sugar and salt. The very things I normally limit. I jumped head first into the holiday spirit!.
Since I’m the only one who really goes for this kind of stuff around my house, guess who polished the goodies off in no time? ME! It was enough to make my body go nuts.
I’m learning the first sign of systemic inflammation for me is profound fatigue. The problem is I don’t recognize it! My pilates trainer did. When I showed up for my session with a broken toe due to a klutzy fall, she told me I was not able to focus. I was so fatigued. This makes the case to surround yourself with trusted individuals that can detect changes in you.
Once it was brought to my attention I had an aha moment. I remembered I had been eating lots of naughty treats and my body was telling me to be nice! It was telling me about the inflammation going on inside. I was so thankful I didn’t have a major arthritic flare. I believe the fatigue was the first step to a flare. It shook me up so much I went right back to my FRESH acronym. I also did some mental preparation for the holiday blitz around the corner.
Revisiting my FRESH acronym:
I’m now back to limiting processed Food, added sugar and salt. I’m mindful concerning my schedule allowing time for Relaxation. I’m not only attending my pilates session weekly and walking the dog daily, but I’m going to start some cardio exercises. I’m getting my Sleep and staying Hydrated.
After a full week back on track, my energy level has improved, I’m thinking clearer and my joints feel better. Whew, that was close!
I’ve also mentally prepared myself for all the temptations the holiday season brings. The temptations include not only food I need to limit, but also planning my schedule so I don’t overdo it. I get so excited about seeing friends and all the festivities and preparations for the season’s celebrations that I can easily overcommit. That causes stress, even if it is good (happy) stress. I guess you could say it is too much of a good thing!
My wish for you is after reading this post you take a moment or two and mentally prepare for this festive time of the year. The happiness that comes from sharing time with friends and family is so healthy and positive for our immune systems, but it can be too much if not planned carefully. Emotions tend to run high this time of year, so lets all keep it nice, forget the naughty, and have a wonderful holiday season!
And that is using Arthritis Wisdom!
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