Thursday, August 9, 2012

Taking Charge of Health

A few weeks ago, my husband and I started having a serious conversation about expanding our family and having another child. We explored everything; potential financial implications, employment or lack thereof, ways to gain income other than our 9-5 jobs to help build a nest egg and even when the ideal time to get pregnant was so I didn't have to go through the heat of the summer. We know this is pretty beyond our control, but we're planners...down to the nitty gitty planners. Heck, we even came up with a plan to buy a house. We left no stone unturned, or so we thought. Ultimately, we were satisfied that we thought it through enough and that now was a good a time as any.


Then, as if my body screamed out in protest, I broke out in a rash that was in many ways similar to the rash I had when I was pregnant with our son. It was an awful rash, the kind of itch that is so deeply embedded in your skin, you could literally tear your skin open just trying to get to it. This rash had all the makings of that, but I knew I wasn't pregnant. I had an appointment with my OB/GYN anyway to make sure all my parts were working and there was nothing we should worry about. All clear...except the rash. I started a 6 day prednisone pack and away the rash went. Until a week later, it was back. Now I started to get concerned and made an appointment with my primary doctor. She started me on an 18 day high dose prednisone regime. It's been fine since, however, I stop taking the prednisone Saturday and I pray it doesn't come back. Because until we figure this out, our baby plans are stalled.


In another week, we'll draw blood and test for everything and anything under the sun. If we don;t find anything there, off to the allergist I go...if it comes back.


One thing we didn't discuss was health. Were we healthy enough to attempt pregnancy again? I will be the first to admit that when we tried for our son, we definitely didn't take the proper steps to ensure our health and the health of the pregnancy before hand. I was overweight, a smoker and didn't exercise regularly. I ate all the wrong foods at all the wrong times, my body was not equipped to handle the stress of a pregnancy. But surprisingly enough, we got pregnant pretty easily.


This started to get me super focused on improving my families health and the health of our future little one. First on the chopping block...our diet. A few months ago I tried a shake diet. the shakes were really good, and there were so many different ones to create, but after a while I grew bored with it. I love food, and I love variety and texture. Shakes were not it. I did drop a few pounds and that made me motivated to find healthy options for the things that I like to eat...not drink. I really just made the best possible choices with the information that I had until I discovered the Drop 10 Diet. What drew me to this diet was the customizable nature of it. You customize it to your tastes and schedule. The object is to arm you with the information you need to make your own healthy living choices. So, it really isn't a diet, it's a behavior change. THAT I can do!!


It's really exciting to start on the journey to healthy living and taking control of my families health.

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