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Katie Makkai – Pretty

Posted by on Apr 3, 2013 in Spirit | 0 comments

This really resonates; as, I’ve been contemplating the pointlessness of pursing ever elusive beauty standards, while women suffer and die at the hands of misogynists the world over. It seems like a vacuous distraction from far more important things. While there is an undeniable connection between physiological and psychological wellness, pursuit of the beauty standard doesn’t have any real connection to healthy living.  Radical self-care is the way to genuine health for your whole self (mind, body, spirit).


Hot Flashes on the wrong side of 50

Posted by on Mar 22, 2013 in Miscellaneous | 0 comments

Hot Flashes on the wrong side of 50
Symptoms include bulging eyes and goiter development.

It started with muscle aches, hand tremors, and what seemed like hot flashes.  I went from physician to physician getting one misdiagnosis after another. I was told that having palpitations, extreme fatigue, feeling like I was having a 24 hour panic attack, feeling like I had sand in my eyes, and having hands so shaky I couldn’t even hold a lip gloss could all be attributed to aging (I’m barely 30 btw) and weight gain.  I knew that was bogus; but, when you are sick, traipsing from one checkup to another gets real old, real fast.  I put off continuing the wild goose chase for a few months.  I slept from the moment I got home (4pm) and still got up tired every day.  When I got to the point that I couldn’t climb the stairs at our house without stopping for breaks, several breaks, so that I could attempt to breathe, my husband started hounding me to see another doctor.  I’m glad I have the resources and the flexibility at work to hunt for a correct diagnosis when I continually run into space cadets.  When I finally found my current physician, he determined my diagnosis almost immediately and was a little surprised that no one had figured it out prior to me getting this ill.  After a series of tests his initial hunch has been confirmed, I have Graves Disease. 

The more I research Graves Disease the more impossible it becomes to remember my first symptom. It feels like I’ve been seeking treatment, for what I thought were unrelated symptoms, for years.  When my hair started falling out years ago, I was told that Polycystic Ovary Syndrome was the culprit.  When I had hand tremors as a teen, it was attributed to stress and low blood sugar. Now that I have the correct diagnosis everything I experienced makes sense. Hormonal fluctuations linked to poor thyroid function can even cause hair loss. Luckily that was a one time thing for me.  It fell out, I cut what was left and it grew back normally.  It’s amazing to me how many seemingly unrelated things were the direct result of having a “renegade thyroid” as my kid brother calls it.  Now that I’m being treated, things are really looking up. Energetically I feel exactly like I did when I was 20, even though I’m still carrying extra weight. Fatigue, difficulty breathing, and a perpetually racing heart have a way of botching your workout routine. Now that I have the energy to move, I know it will fall off in no time. The major lesson I learned in all this is that I have to be an active participant in my health care. What that looks like for me is saving my lab work and seeking out second and third opinions when my intuition calls for it.

I’m focusing my energy on doing what I can to support my health.  This means practicing radical self-care, meditating, trying to stay present, eating a diet that supports me, and focusing on filling my head with beautiful thoughts.  I’m looking into alternative therapies, but sticking to the plan my physician devised which begins with 9 months of treatment with anti-thyroid medication.  If the problem seems to correct itself, I’m all set.  Sometimes a little under a year of treatment is all it takes, in other cases the thyroid needs to be annihilated chemically or surgically. I’m hoping that I don’t have to make any decisions about removing any of my internal parts this early in life, but I just have to wait and see.  I managed to work full-time and complete a degree with this fatigue. I can’t wait to see what projects I’ll be able to knockout now.

Necessary Skill for Crazy Cat Ladies

Posted by on Jan 18, 2013 in Cat Lover | 0 comments

Necessary Skill for Crazy Cat Ladies

In order to step up my instagram/cat stalking game, I decided to take a photography class. 
Here is a great shot of Barry from week one. 

I recently discovered the existence of cat cafes. The video below is of one in Seoul. Assuming that they don’t starve the cats to make sure that they approach visitors, it seems like the best idea ever.

Mangosteen, Rambutan, and Horned Melon

Posted by on Jan 17, 2013 in Raw | 0 comments

Mangosteen, Rambutan, and Horned Melon

I always plan on trying new things when I go to the Farmer’s Market, emphasis on plan. I usually end up filling my basket with old favorites and saving the new items for another day.  Today I stuck with my mission to try at least one unfamiliar item and ended up trying three new fruit.  Two were winners.  One proved itself to basically be an overpriced and labor intensive version of a cucumber. Check out these directions for eating horned melon and tell me it doesn’t sound a little involved for fruit.  Had I known that it is sometimes called a cucumber melon I would have at least had an inkling that the super exotic exterior was disguising an underwhelming interior, but since it was labeled otherwise, I was not prepared for the let down.

How to eat rambutan

How to eat a horned melon

How to eat a mangosteen

Wanderlust and the Present Moment

Posted by on Jan 16, 2013 in Spirit, Travel | 2 comments

Wanderlust and the Present Moment

I recently returned from an awesome three week trip that temporarily exacerbated my longing for early retirement.

While travel is one of my passions, I realize that all power is in the present. Instead of dragging  myself through my normal everyday life, I’ve decided to spend less time dreaming about living out my future plans and more time enjoying where I am right now. Instead of taking on a resolution that would be forgotten by the second week of January, I’ve decided to give the year a general focus.  My only objective for 2013 is to develop my ability to stay present and face everyday with a grateful spirit.

Eating In The Light: Making the Switch to Vegetarianism on Your Spiritual Path

Posted by on Oct 31, 2012 in Spirit | 0 comments

On this, the final day of VeganMofo2012, I’d like to leave you with a couple of book recommendations.  Eating animal products never sat well with me, but that didn’t stop me from chowing down on other sentient beings for years.  Eating in the Light  was the first book  I read that considered the intersection of metaphysical energy, spiritual growth, and food consumption.  The potential impact of animal product consumption on spiritual growth is what finally reached me.  Dr. Will Tuttle takes the analysis up a notch in his book The World Peace Diet,which is available for purchase or as a free download on his site. If you are on the fence about adopting a plant based diet, I recommend both of these books. 

Quick and Easy Carrot and Beet Salad

Posted by on Oct 31, 2012 in Raw, Skinny Recipes, Vegan $1 Menu | 0 comments

Quick and Easy Carrot and Beet Salad

2 C shredded carrots
1 C shredded beets 
1/2 C raisins
1/4 C red wine vinegar

Toss ingredients
Chill for 20 minutes 

Curried Squash and Apple Soup

Posted by on Oct 29, 2012 in OAMC | 0 comments

Curried Squash and Apple Soup

3 C veggie broth
1 Tbs vegetable oil 

1/2 chopped onion
4 C cubed butternut squash
3 diced apples 
1/2 C chopped celery
3 tsp curry powder
1 tsp ginger

Heat oil, saute onion till soft. Add squash and remaining ingredients. Cover and simmer till squash is tender. Puree in blender or food processor.

Apple Romaine Salad

Posted by on Oct 28, 2012 in Raw, Skinny Recipes, Vegan $1 Menu | 0 comments

Apple Romaine Salad

2 shredded romaine hearts
1 diced red apple
1/4 C diced red onion
2 Tbs apple juice 
1 dash ginger
1 dash cinnamon
freshly ground black pepper

After dicing the onion soak it in ice water for about 20 minutes.  Combine apple juice and spices.  Toss with other ingredients.

Tip: To make sure you get the crisp, sweet tasting red onion this recipe calls for, avoid onions that are growing thick sprouts. A fresh red onion should feel firm and have a fairly neutral odor before cutting. 

Real Food on a Budget and Meal Planning

Posted by on Oct 27, 2012 in Vegan $1 Menu | 0 comments

Real Food on a Budget and Meal Planning

It’s not uncommon for people to find eating well on a budget challenging, so I thought I’d share the highlights of a presentation I recently attended by Crystal Collins of The Thrifty Mama.

  • Favor real food over high priced organic packaged food
  • Printable and Estore coupons are available for organic products  Thrifty Mama has a page dedicated to  Online Grocery Deals 
  • Meal planning is a crucial step in cost effective shopping
  • Consider once a month or batch cooking to make most of specials 
  • Find a fresh farmers market near you – has an extensive directory 
  • Ask about farmer’s use of fertilizer and pesticides to find affordable organic equivalents 

The presentation was part of the Tea Talk series being held at Christina Marie’s in downtown Dallas, Ga.  Connect with the Organique wellness support community on Facebook to keep up with the latest.