Embracing a Holistic Lifestyle with Sickle Cell
Living with sickle cell is a unique journey that often requires careful consideration of various aspects of our health and well-being. Transitioning to a holistic lifestyle can be both empowering and challenging. Embarking on this journey was a big decision for me, but one that I felt I had to do to have the quality of life that I believed I could have. It wasn’t overnight and wasn’t simple. So here are a few things that I had to consider along the way.
Natural remedies – mind the side effects
When it comes to holistic living, natural remedies are often considered harmless. However, it's essential to remember that even natural elements can have side effects. Before trying anything new, be sure to do your research. Keep track of the things you try and how they make you feel. Even though they are not drugs, it is important to still be cautious.
Foods can interact with medication
Embracing a holistic lifestyle has made me pay more attention to what I put into my body. While fresh fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet, some foods can interact with medications. For example, vitamin K-rich foods, like leafy greens, can affect blood clotting and may interfere with some blood thinners. I found this out after having multiple pulmonary embolisms because of my sickle cell. To ensure that your diet complements your medication, have an open conversation about your medication with your doctor to be on the safe side.
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Be patient and kind to yourself
Switching to a holistic lifestyle isn’t temporary, so it will take time and patience to perfect. I have had many ups and downs along the way. This was especially true when I was admitted to the hospital, as the food options were very limited. But with every setback, I made a comeback. It has taken me almost 10 years to get to where I am now and to figure out what works for me. I found that making small changes every so often worked better than trying to change everything all at once.
Find your tribe
The journey can be a very lonely one, especially if you are surrounded by people who can’t relate to what you are trying to achieve. Connect with others who have a similar goal and who can relate to your experiences. I am no expert, but I am always happy to share what I have learned so feel free to connect with me too. Also, use social media to your advantage; there are plenty of bloggers and vloggers who share tips, tricks, and advice.
Embracing a holistic lifestyle with sickle cell has required me to have patience, determination, and a willingness to learn. Although people may share what works for them, I have had to remember that it's a personal journey. What works for one person may not work for another. Take the time to discover what makes you feel happy and healthy and adapt your lifestyle accordingly. And remember, it’s not just about what you consume, it’s also about being in the right space and mindset.
Stay positive and believe that you can achieve the changes you want. Wishing you health, happiness, and a harmonious holistic journey ahead!
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