Quick life update: Where have I been these past few months?

Hey everyone!

Just wanted to give you a quick update. I haven’t updated this blog in the past few months because…

  1. “There’s an I in ILLNESS but a WE in WELLNESS.”
    I’ve been working with (and giving back to!) the Autoimmune Disease community in need of help and support. I’m very grateful for the opportunity and I have been able to connect with wonderful souls who have shared their knowledge and wisdom with me. With coworkers (both past and present) with Hashimoto’s who message me once and a while, I feel less alone on my journey, too πŸ™‚
  2. Healing takes time.
    I’m healing πŸ™‚ I’ve already healed my gut and removed my dietary triggers, but something was still missing until I finally found another hidden “root cause” of my allergies. I learned that detoxing your congested liver is one of the first things you should do on your healing journey, especially if you’re finding yourself allergic or sensitive to otherwise helpful and beneficial supplements! (There’s a really great blog post about this on Dr. Wentz’s site – check it out.) I’ve learned how emotional traumas, faith, and positive attitudes play a role in healing too…
  3. I’m a researcher by night!
    I’ve been studying various healing arts and I’ve been meaning to post about all my recent discoveries. For example, I researched DEET-free insect repellent & bug bite relief recipes and learned which essential oils are best for repelling mosquitoes and ticks! (PS. Basil is great for bug bites too.) More “DEETs” to come soon. πŸ˜‰ I’ve also learned lots about homeopathy, the diagnosis of illness via reflexology, acupuncture (ok, I’ve only tried one needle on my hand and it hurt, lol! but I felt something around my thyroid afterwards…), and herbal pharmacology. At this point, I feel like I would have been the local apothecary had I been born a few centuries ago. πŸ˜‰
  4. I’ve finally made CENTS of the nickel allergy-food connection!
    I discovered that nickel allergies (ie. the inability to wear cute costume jewellery) can be improved by following a low nickel diet. By limiting the intake of foods high in nickel (such as legumes and lettuce), I’ve been able to stop the “eczema” patches on my hands from forming!
  5. I’m planning a wedding!! ❀
    It has to be allergen free. So that means natural, EWG-approved makeup; and for dinner, everything must be gluten, dairy, soy, and coconut free – fun, right? πŸ˜› The thing is, I’m having difficulty finding a cake that complies with my list of food sensitivities. Thankfully, the caterer and I have collaborated to create a paleo-friendly menu! (Minus the dessert.) But that’s not the only hard part. I had to find plastic/silk flowers to cater to pollen allergies, as well as find jewellery that is nickel free. (Who knew nickel could be found in sterling silver and even white gold platings?!)Then, I had to find a veil from a home that did not have any pets I was allergic to…And of course, my maid of honour has a (recently adopted) pet. He’s really cute (I LOVE animals!), but my nose and eyes can sense his fur on her clothes… so figuring out how to be near her has been a challenge throughout the wedding planning. πŸ™‚

    Finally, how can one plan honeymoon & travel plans when access to safe food is huge thing to consider?

    I’ll figure it out though! (And I welcome any suggestions you have! :D)

So I hope this explains why I’ve been MIA lately. I can’t wait to share all my discoveries with you another time! Until then, I wish you all the very best on your healing journeys! ❀

PS. In the meantime, you can follow me – @aip.ish – on Instagram, here!


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