Saturday Strategy… and a confession!


Hello my loves!  Do you do Saturday Strategy sessions? Not sure what that is?  Read on and I’ll share one way that I use them… plus, there’s one of my favorite juice recipes is down at the bottom, so read on!

Confession:  My joints are killing me this week!  It’s Saturday and I should be doing some laundry and enjoying time outside with my family… but, I am taking a moment to take stock of where I am, where I want to be and what I need to do to get there.  It’s a Saturday Strategy Session.  I highly recommend them!  Here’s how I do it — you can follow my lead by getting out a piece of paper or opening up a blank doc on your PC.  Write the headings, “Where I am,” “Where I want to be,” and “What I need to do to get there.”  Then, check in with yourself, honestly.  When you’re done you will have a snapshot of your experience and an idea of what your next step needs to be.  Here’s mine:

Where I am: In the midst of a flare.  In pain.  Right arm, from shoulder to fingertips. Left wrist and hand. Both femurs are sore.  Little toes are on fire.  Clothes are pull on, pull over, slide on.  Sleep is choppy, though I am waking fine.  Mild fatigue. Occasional severe fatigue in the afternoons.  Mood is ok, still on the sunny side, though my patience meter is a little thin.

{{Background — Usually, I have a good grasp on the inflammation and pain nastiness from my psoriatic arthritis.  This week though, something has a hold on me.  Maybe it’s that I haven’t had as much time to do sauna sessions or maybe it’s that I ate out with my darling husband… a little extra stress, kids being kids, missed a morning in the gym… it snowed again (in April, in NH!)… could be anything or just my body… not sure, but the pain and stiffness is beyond my comfort zone.

I’ve been dealing with psoriatic arthritis for over 10 years.  In the beginning, I tried the drugs that the rheumatologist prescribed, but stopped short of using the biologics when I started a program under the care of Dr. Joel Fuhrman.  Talk about one conversation changing a life… well, my initial consult with him was nothing less than life-saving.  His approach is one I’ve followed now, almost exclusively since my diagnosis (and with great success!).  But, I have never reached 100% remission and have seen progression in my joints (though slow, it’s obvious).  And, I do get flares, like I’m in now.  No fun.  No fun at all, really.  Let’s me know that there’s still work to be done.   So, I slowly roll out of bed in the morning and am gentle with myself and my tender joints.  My hands are nothing more than flippers for an hour or more and body feels like a tin man.  It’s frustrating.  It’s a bit discouraging.  And it honestly sucks when my life’s work is centered around health and balanced energy.  Can you relate?}}

Where I want to be: Free from inflammation and pain. Able to get dressed easily (zip zips, button buttons, clasp clasps).  Stable energy so I can be the best me.

What I need to do to get there:   Start with an attitude of gratitude.  I have a lot to be thankful for and truly live a blessed life.  When flares happen, as they do with a chronic autoimmune disease, I like to give my digestive system a break for a few days so my body can focus on rest and repair rather than digestion.  The easiest way for me to do this and still function as a mom, wife, health coach and general member of society is to juice and blend to get my nutrition.  Employ anti-inflammatory strategies.

My plan:

  • Juice, smoothies, blended soups daily for 2-4 days; longer if needed
  • Nettle and Chaga tea for liver and kidney support
  • Skin brush 2-3x/day to encourage lymph movement
  • Sauna daily – be intentional about this and schedule it
  • Break a sweat daily – 20-30 minutes, even if I can’t get to the gym; mood enhancer, lymph mover, great choice for overall health.
  • Pray – set my grateful heart right with praise and thanksgiving; ask for forgiveness where necessary
  • Meditate – set my mind right with moments of peace and tranquility
  • Laugh – I know which friends are good for it, but there’s always a cute kitten around to humor me or a video just a click away!
  • Love – give it; accept it.
  • Ask for help when I need it – this is a BIGGIE for me. I am the last person to ask for help and the first to say that people should do so when they need support, lol.  I need to get better with vulnerability, I think.

The GREAT NEWS is that juices, smoothies and soups taste great and are easy to make!  So, I am looking forward to feeling better and not having to stress while working on it.

Here’s the juice I made for this morning:

sweet beet

What do you do when your health isn’t where you want it to be?  And what do you put into your favorite juices and smoothies?  (I’ll be sharing some of my tried and true favorites over the next few days!  à make sure to sign up for my newsletter or click the RSS feed so you don’t miss them!)

Xoxo,

Sarah

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A New Day


Want to make today a great day?  Join me for 2 minutes.  Clear your mind.  Set your intention for the day.  Then go and be your best self.  The world needs you.

((Before you hit play on the video, make sure to change the quality from 360p to 720HD and make that baby full screen!  Those controls are all in the lower right corner of the video player))

Virtual high fives, chest bumps and all that jazz…  You’ve got this!  Today is your day… get out there and SHINE!

kindness

xoxo,

Sarah

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