Monthly Archives: August 2015

Break Blog.7: Getting into my groove and realizing the importance of self-healing

So last week was pretty go, go, go.  Started work for an organizing company and our first project consists of organizing and moving out a hoarder, a fairly clean hoarder, but one none the less. She has been pretty good about keeping things in pristine condition as most items were packed away in boxes for 20 years.  I must say, the collection of vintage items is not far and few between, and I look forward to buying some things at the garage sale we will be having.  I also started yoga again last week.  It felt great and really made me realize how important it is to keep stretching and breath deeply, which most people do not do on a daily basis and is extremely healthy to keep a strong body and mind. I also started volunteering again with struggling and abused families, which has made me feel more grounded because I really enjoy giving my time to people in need. At volunteering I have started to work with the young kids, under 5’s, which was super fun because I’m pretty much a kid at heart and I like to play just as much as they do. What else…. this weekend was also packed full of fun-filled activities.  I ventured down to Montana with my boyfriend and family where we proceeded to shoot guns at stuffed animal targets, water-skied, did some seadooing, and, of course, a little bit of drinking, haha.  I think one of the best parts of the whole weekend was when I drove back to Calgary, a 4 hour drive, with just my boyfriend and I.  We didn’t listen to any music, just talked about random things the whole time.  It really made me realize how disconnected people are now-a-days (in a world of so-called connection), and how much everyone, including myself, rely so much on distractions rather than personal, face-to-face relationships.  I even feel like this blog is a bit silly because it’s not as therapeutic for me as much as it was before when I was much lonelier in Melbourne….. But, it’s always good to write and get things out that maybe I didn’t realize in conversation, and I like the fact that it’s an online record keeper. I think a final conclusion that I came to over this past week is that quality time with loved ones really does make a difference in your life, which was something I took for granted when I was younger. I guess it’s true that time heals wounds and forgiveness can be gained, which has really happened for me over my years away from home.  I hope time heals any wounds you may have, because resentment and hurt are not healthy for anyone.  Know that true happiness starts from within, so please be kind to yourself first.  Thanks for reading, and be aware and eat with care 🙂

Article: A Review of Dietary Prevention of Human Papillomavirus-Related Infection of the Cervix and Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia

“Deficiencies of dietary vitamins,
minerals, and nutrients can lead to DNA damage and immune incompetence, permanent genetic alteration, and subsequently, a
higher risk of cancer”
— Pg.317

“Consumption of foods
that provide rich sources of retinol and vitamin A, bioavailable
calcium, antioxidants (including vitamin C, E, carotene, lutein
and lycopene), as well as long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids,
can significantly reduce the risk of in situ cervical cancer.” —Pg.320

Article link:  A Review of Dietary Prevention of Human Papillomavirus-Related Infection of the Cervix and Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia article

So I was diagnosed with HPV, not sure which type, about 10 years ago, and I have had abnormal paps ever since.  I had an LEEP procedure about 5 years ago, which uses a small wire tool to remove abnormal cells from the cervix, a very minor procedure.  Now, I’m one of those people that would prefer under all circumstances to use the least invasive methods for treatment, but back then I didn’t know much about my natural health options.  Even knowing more now, I would never suggest to a patient to not undergo a needed procedure like LEEP (cone biopsy), but there are -preventative/supportive and palliative options to accompany conventional treatments, and one such option is diet, which is covered within the article posted.  This article reviewed a number of different studies and the conclusions may seem obvious, but are pretty important to keep in mind.  It was found that a higher intake of whole fruits and vegetables saw a lower prevalence of HPV progression, which is probably due to high antioxidant intake, among others.  This information is especially important to keep in mind because a lot of people in the Western world do not meet the daily adequate intake of these vital foods.  I personally try to eat at least 1 piece of fruit in the morning and 1 for lunch, and at least 5 servings of vegetables a day, either through salads, or snacks like carrots, cucumber slices or just any cut up veg that is easy to eat on the run (not going to lie, this is hard and I don’t do it everyday).  I do suggest though to cut up your fruit and veg for easy consumption when you have some spare time, and then you know your not going to hit a 2pm wall and gorge on empty calories.  Smoothies that include frozen kale or spinach are a great way to get your veggie intake!  This was a really interesting article for me because I can really relate and I hope it helps others that are in the same boat. Thanks for reading, and be aware and eat with care 🙂

Ref:

Article:  Chih, H, Lee, A, Colville, L, Binns, C, & Xu, D 2013, ‘A Review of Dietary Prevention of Human Papillomavirus-Related Infection of the Cervix and Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia’, Nutrition & Cancer, 65, 3, pp. 317-328, Alt HealthWatch, EBSCOhost, viewed 15 July 2015.

Break Blog.6: Better late then never, and feeling grateful :)

So I guess this is later then usual, but I have been trying my best to get back into some kind of routine.  I think this week I have started to feel more like myself and getting some-what used to my Canadian surroundings again.  The highlight of this week was going to Spray Lake, around Canmore,  on Sunday.  If you haven’t been, then I highly suggest going.  Beautiful clear turquoise waters, nestled within epic Canadian Rockies, and some pretty nice camping spots right next to the lake.   It was a beautifully warm day and I finally got some real outdoor quality time with my love, which I couldn’t be happier about.  I think this week I am really seeing the things I took for granted within Canada, my friends and family.  I am absolutely so grateful to come from such a beautiful country with such nice people.  I’m really enjoying myself being back, getting back into working, starting volunteering again this week for under-privileged families, and starting yoga and surf-exercise classes, so things are really looking good for the next couple weeks for sure.  I might also be going to Montana this week!  The one thing that I always keep in the back of my mind though is how much I want to get back into learning herbal medicine, and I really look forward to meeting with Dominion College in Vancouver to get this ball rolling.  Its potentially going to be January or even September until I get a chance to get back into my studies. I’m thinking maybe I need to take this time to settle myself into comfortable surroundings, really get my roots in the ground and start planning some concrete plans for my future career.  I look forward to this.  I hope your week was everything you hoped it would be, and keep pushing yourself to follow what makes YOU happy because its your life. Thanks for reading and be aware and eat with care 🙂