Eat a rainbow! Go green! Isn’t that how to stay healthy?
Yes…. and you need to figure out what is right for you. I just found out that spinach and some other very healthy foods may not be what is right for me.
Recently I had a painful emergency that landed me in the hospital and ended up being a kidney stone and infection. Since then, the stone has been removed and I feel awesome and back to my regular strength, pre stone-age (haha, not that funny).
Many have said that having a kidney stone is worse than childbirth – I would have to agree having been through both. However, I’m grateful to learn how I can prevent having another one.
People get kidney stones for different reasons; dehydration (check your water consumption), along with eating foods that may contain things that help to make those tiny little razor pain-type kidney stones. Kidney stones are made up of different things. Some are high in uric acid, others calcium as well as calcium-oxalate monohydrate.
I’m not claiming to be an expert, rather opening your eyes to living with greater awareness and living in moderation.
In Somatics we deal with habituation of contracted muscles and how these muscles stay a ‘wee-bit’ contracted all the time and never fully let go. This is due to the pattern of movement(s) that we continue to due that are no longer within our conscious control. The habituated pattern has gone way down deep into the lowest basement suite of the subcortex – in fact, it’s below the subcortex, buried with all your junk in the trunk (okay, not that trunk). We do not even know we’re doing it and therefore, we can’t release these areas that are causing tension, stiffness, pain and other nagging issues.
Think about the habits we get into in our daily living. How we eat, what we eat/drink, what time we eat/drink, our sleep habits, etc. Many of these habits become patterns that we no longer think about. I had to find out the hard way that some of my good intentions and eating habits were filling my body with oxalates and helping to make my kidney stone. These eating habits were also known to reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer and others were rich in protein, packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and omega-3 fatty acids.
You can only imagine what a shock it was when I found out and that I needed to follow a lower oxalate diet. Mmmm, okay, where are oxalates found? (in many healthy foods like spinach, nuts, berries, and cocoa, to name a few).
There is not a one-recipe-for-all method in health. Be your own advocate. Be curious and be kind to yourself. Be patient with your healing process. Eat/drink in moderation and know that we are all made a little differently so this article is not meant for you to stop doing what you’re currently doing. If you’ve never made a stone, like I have, then perhaps your body breaks down oxalates better than mine.
Before this stone, I didn’t even know that oxalates existed in foods, and I surely didn’t know they could make up a tiny little painful bugger-of-a stone in my kidneys.
I’m looking at the positive side of this episode in my life as a way to shift my habits again. Humans are creatures of habit. By shifting habits, it creates new neural pathways. This, not only expands your conscious control of what you’re doing – how your living; it frees you from possibly getting stuck in your way of thinking and being (or getting stuck in a rut).
I was able to do my Somatic exercises daily, even when I was in the hospital. Knowing that my body went through trauma/pain, the Somatics practice helped immensely with my recovery. I am back to doing all the fun activities that I like to do to keep me active and continue with daily somatics.
Changing habits at the level of the nervous system, not only shifts muscular patterns/habits, but it can free your mind up from being attached to habits that may no longer be healthy for you.
Give it a try! Change a habit today or make a new one.
One habit you can add to your daily regime: start the morning with a glass of lemon water rather than going directly to coffee or tea (FYI, black tea is high in oxalates :). If you already do that, try this one: Sit quietly for 5 minutes when you first get up in the morning. That short quiet meditation time can clear the clutter in your head – giving you the resilience and calmness that you need for the rest of the day.
Blessings to you and Happy March!
Pam is the owner and founder of Ease in Motion based in Maui, Hawaii, a company that provides private and semi-private therapeutic yoga sessions held in clients’ homes and offices. Working in conjunction with physicians, chiropractors, massage therapists, physical therapists, and fitness studios, Pam’s local reputation speaks to her years of experience as an athlete and to her passion for motivating others to lead healthier lives. You can contact her through her website @ http://www.easeinmotion.com/