Navigating the Ups and Downs of Life

 

I love taking time to slow down during the holidays as everything around me speeds up. This is the time of year when the days grow short, the nights long. A period when we are designed to hibernate, sleep, and rest. As the year draws to a close, I reach for my inner stillness, go inside in the midst of all the holiday hoopla, and reflect on what has been.

This year, I hit a couple of bumps that were frightening. In March, upon my return from a trip out of the country, I wound up with a stomach bug that turned into a severe MS attack. For the first time since my MS Diagnosis in 2006 I found myself hospitalized, and on top of that, suffering from a nasty case of transverse myelitis. All of my doctors, conventional to alternative, hypothesized that my immune system went into overdrive in fighting off the stomach bug and ended up attacking my myelin sheaths. This created total numbness from my diaphragm down. I had some other symptoms, which I will not go into here, which were also terrifying. I was stunned, and in a complete state of shock.

On the bright side, once I realize I am in shock, my response is generally a good one. I go inside, dig deep and find the healing spaces in my life. I simply focus as much as I can on a positive outcome. This means going into a conscious state of denial and putting myself in a very forward looking place.

In order to do this, I hunker down with my nuclear family, which consists of my incredible husband, and our two amazing boys, who as of this writing are, 17 and almost 16. We have an incredible understanding whereby they intuitively know that I don’t want to share or elaborate upon the details of what’s going on in my body. This synchronicity and intuitive connection are a lifeline for me during challenging times. It is the external counterpart to my inward diet of faith, reflection, and prayer, during good times and otherwise.

In order to dive deep, I further support myself by going on a restricted social media diet. I can’t effectively implement my healing plan if I’m focusing on what to post on Instagram. So, if you were wondering why I shared so little this past spring, on all channels, including this site, well, now you know. For me, healing is internal, as opposed to a play-by-play reality show where my emotions unravel in the universe of social media.

I’m not one to dwell. I like to focus, fix, and move ahead. However, I do like to keep you, my faithful readers, in the loop. That is my intention with this year end update. Moreover, I’d like to share some of my discoveries with you. Below you will find my game plan for moving ahead during the challenging times of life.

Navigating the Ups and Downs of Life

  1. Conscious Compartmentalization
  2. Connect Only with People Who Nourish Me
  3. Social Media Diet
  4. Research Bio-Medical Therapies
  5. Spend Time in Nature

You may notice that in addition to the above, I also refrained from answering comments here, which can take hours each day. For those of you that were frustrated, it may help to remember that there are 25,000 of you every day on this website, and there is only one of me. I simply cannot spread myself too thin, whether healthy or ill.

As the new year emerges, I look forward to sharing more with you. Not about the trauma I went through last year. The world has enough of that. I plan to divulge my healing secrets and the resources that have resulted from my research. You will find out how I survive the ups and downs of my mundane, yet incredible life. You will learn how I get my body, mind, and soul, into a place of balance. For a sneak peak at some of the strategies that I deployed during the past year click on the links below. And stay tuned, because there is much, much more to come!

Thanks for being my dear online family and have a blessed 2016!

Love,
Elana

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59 responses to “Navigating the Ups and Downs of Life”

  1. Just wanted to say how much I appreciate your recipes. My granddaughter (13) is allergic to so many things – gluten, refined sugar, dairy, potatoes, bananas, red apples, peanuts, grains, processed foods – that it has been hard to find anything but meat and vegetables and some fruits. I tried your Simple White Bread and made some homemade strawberry jam. One day she was over I suggested bread and jam for breakfast. She gave me a hurt look and told me she couldn’t have them. Imagine her surprise when I produced them for her. Such enjoyment! She just celebrated her birthday today with a real cake – your chocolate cake with agave marshmallow frosting. It felt so good making a cake that the whole family could enjoy, and it was all “Curly Approved”. I am trying to find foods that make her feel more like a normal teen, so she doesn’t resent her diet so much. Your website had been a godsend for foods she probably thought she could never have again. Thank you SOOO much!

      • Dear Elana,
        I am writing to you from Germany, so please excuse my English..
        I would like to thank you for your wonderful page. Your stories touch me so much (and your recipes too…), it is love in it, I can feel it when I read and try them!
        I’d like to know from you if you already went grain free during your pregnancies?
        I am a breastfeeding mummy who just discovered grain freedom a couple of weeks ago.
        Feeling simply great like this (not only physically, but as well emotionally), I wonder how it must be to eat Paleo (more or less strict, but definitely grain free) during pregnancy.
        I’d be very happy to hear from you and wish you all the best, blessings and love.
        By the way, I think that your are so beautiful!
        Gratefully from Germany,
        Ella

        • Dear Ella,

          Thanks for your lovely comment! I wish my German was half as good as your English! I was diagnosed with celiac disease during my first pregnancy in 1998, and have been 100% gluten-free ever since that diagnosis, so both of my pregnancies were gluten-free. I went grain-free after my second son was born in 2001. I wish though, that I had known about the grain-free diet when I was pregnant as I would have gone grain-free earlier (even during the pregnancies). The grain-free diet is the one that works for my body, but remember, everyone is different, and it’s great to do what works best for you :-)

          xoxox
          Elana

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