Recovering from travel takes some time, doesn't it? When I prepare to travel,my to-do list is long: wash clothes, pack, put mail on hold, shop for things we need on trip, clean, pay bills, pre-post for TF4L, send in magazine article, etc. When we get home, I go through another list: unpack, laundry, clean 'fridge, pick up mail, sorting, catch up on emails, social media, begin posts, research article, etc. All of this work for one week of fun, but is it worth it? Absolutely! It is absolutely less stress for one whole week! My hubby and I were talking about the difference between vacation time and our regular time in the car Sunday. We can connect on a deeper level because we don't have all of the distractions of outside responsibilities. No work calls, no chores, no running to the hardware store to finish a house project. Short-term freedom! If you haven't taken one lately, I highly recommend getting away even if only for a weekend. You will be glad you did!
May is Celiac Awareness and National Fibromyalgia Month, and It's also Week Food Allergy Awareness Week!
Wow! What a mix! These are three of four health issues I personally face. As I've said before it can be difficult traveling with fibro, celiac, and food allergies. It gets better over time, but every trip is risky when eating out.I have been recovering for the past few days from allergic reactions and jet lag. It's tough finding enough food in an airport or getting the airlines to cooperate with celiac AND allergies, so I risk getting sick. My phone is armed with several apps for gluten-free restaurants like Gluten-free Registry (free), Allergy Eats! (free), Is That Gluten-Free? One is for groceries, the other is for restaurants ($8, plus rare charges for updates which so far I've not paid anything more), and Find Me Gluten Free (free). These have been so helpful quite often. A new free app by Celiac Foundation is out! Personally, I would love to see "The Right to Eat Safely" Act passed through all 50 states.
Even though I have a great arsenal for fighting reactions, it's not fool-proof. California Pizza Kitchen was the only place in the Honolulu Airport listed on my app, but as a food court vendor, they don't cater to ANY special needs. I thought I'd be surviving on rice cakes and Larabars for the next day and a half. Hubby found a review online for Lahaina Chicken Company in the airport who had helped someone like me in the past. So we made our way across the airport. To make a long story short, I bloated up looking like I was 4 months pregnant, my hands and feet swelled and hurt, then my mouth broke out in hives! Can I say, "Benadryl!" fast enough? UGH! It can take up to two weeks for gluten and other offenders to work out of my system. If my hubby kisses me after he's eaten something "normal", I can get sick. I am sharing my own personal story to bring to life what it's like to struggle through this autoimmune disease and food allergies. Food allergies often accompany celiac. When you add it with the other health conditions like fibro, it's absolutely miserable. None of us is looking for special attention. We aren't paranoid. Our lives literally depend on staying away from eating foods that could eventually kill us. For more information, check out Celiac.com , Allergicliving.com, and National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association. All three graphics are linked to their websites. The poster is a free download. Follow link to do so.
So, with all of that being said, recovering from our trip was hampered by jet lag and recovering from allergic reactions causing fibro to flare up. Getting back to normal is taking longer than I care for, but so it is. I did make it back to the gym this week. Yay! Hopefully you've enjoyed bits and pieces of our trip. I wish I could say I brought Hawaii back for you, but that's not possible. Sorry! Maybe the pictures help.
Beginning June 1 and ending August 31, you can log mileage for the summer whether walking, hiking, running, biking, swimming, or rollerblading. Since no one gave input, it will be free with the prize being satisfaction for accomplishment! Check it out here! Sign up form coming next week.
In case you missed them:
Recipe: Hawaiian Popcorn
I found the Hilo Bay Cafe on my GF app in Hilo, Hawaii, so we decided to give it a try. Was the food delicious and healthy! The server placed an interesting bowl of popcorn in the middle of our table. It was awesome! I've never had anything like it before. So I tried to put together a copycat version for you. Here it is!
Stress Relief: Vacation Travel Tips
Run down, stressed out, ready to run away and have fun? Not so fast. Read this to help you have a smoother trip and less hassle. You will have plenty to reminisce with a happy face!