As I write this, I am sitting here with a tower of used, booger-y tissues compiled right next to me. My nose is a slight shade of red-purple, my eyes are red and watery, and my lymph nodes are adequately swollen. My body has come to a tragic conclusion: I am sick.
I am sick, sick, SICK. Honestly it has been a good minute since I have last been sick – in fact, I was actually keeping score. It had been a good 10 months since I last fell ill and I was finally looking forward to seeing my immune system strengthening. Ever since I went vegan, I noticed a lot of changes within my body, but one of the most significant changes that I noticed was dealing with my slightly weakened immune system. Even though veganism does have a lot of health benefits, the shortage of protein that my body had to adapt to in the beginning really lead me to get sick a lot more frequently. (As a note, my immune system is quite healthy and has fortunately always been healthy – veganism affects everyone differently. If you have more questions, I recommend that you speak with a dietician or your primary health practitioner).
This all brings me back to this post… What my body has forced me to learn.
After coming back from Europe, I had originally planned to use these next few weeks of vacation left to overcoming jet lag, going on small adventures, running more, hitting the gym harder, and living an adventurous life that I had dreamed of living for a long time. Yet, sure enough, as the jet lag had worn off and I finally had my first day back in the office, a massive case of acute pharyngitis came at me in full speed.
If you have been reading my blog for some time now, you would know that I am a full believer in the law of attraction and manifesting things with your thoughts, and I had been trying so hard for the last weeks in December and first weeks in January to put out as much positive and adventurous energy, and yet, I still got sick.
Bedridden and lonely, I had to come to one of the hardest lessons that I really did not want to learn, but I guess I am glad I did. The lesson was this: Sometimes the universe will give you events that YOU didn’t ask for in order for you to learn new lessons about yourself, or to relearn something that is important. At first, this signified something discouraging – that we really aren’t in control of what happens to us… but then again, this is also something that one learns when they decide to adventure out into the world. In a sense, that’s what makes life so unique – that things can go in so many directions to ultimately make life much more magical… It’s really a comforting thought.
This was the first lesson that I learned. The next few are kind of small – but still much needed.
I discovered that with a little boredom and a diminishing appetite that I knew I needed to sustain, I could come up with some quick, simple, and delicious recipes. One of my favorites was this breakfast oatmeal that I cooked up in less than 5 minutes.
Looks kind of gross, but it is totally delicious! The recipe is:
1 cup of rolled oats
1 3/4 cup of sweetened vanilla almond milk
1-2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed
A dash of maple syrup
I made this in a regular copper cooking pan and it worked out really well. I pour the almond milk into my pan and waited for it to start boiling. In the meantime, I began to mash one banana and added that into the almond milk as well. I added a small dash of maple syrup to the wet mixture and began stirring until I started to see smoke and bubbles (about 1-2 minutes). Then I added in the oats, flaxseed, cinnamon, and another splash of maple syrup and stirred that together for about 2 minutes, stirring counterclockwise at first, then concentrating the mix toward the center of the pan.
I topped it off with a couple of strawberries – it turned out great! This breakfast is quick, easy, cheap, and (for most illnesses) sick-girl approved.
I also messed around with some rice…
This was a good mixture of brown rice, sesame seed oil, carrots, edamame, ginger powder, garlic powder, and salt. This took much longer than 5 minutes to make – but it was totally worth it.
I also learned that I am a huge fan of Telenovelas. I used to watch them when I was a kid with my mother (if you are Latino, you know what I am talking about), but quickly stopped watching them because they were way too much drama. Back then, I had drama literally almost every day at school. Now, as an illness-forced couch potato, any kind of drama, especially not my own, is more than welcomed. If I can’t leave my couch to find out that my best friend is also my long lost sister from another mister and that her boyfriend is really our cousin, then might as well watch other people do so (Again, watch a Telenovela, you’ll understand).
Lastly, I learned that my skin really reflects how well I take care of it as much OUTSIDE than what I put in my body. By this, I mean, I have monitored what I eat, drink, and limited how much greasy stuff that I put into my body to make sure that my skin can look the very best that it can. I mean, most people have always said that 70% of any health battle is diet. While this much is true, the remaining 30% of external work (face masks, exfoliation, and creams) are just as important. In the past, I would have deemed myself too busy to do any of these things, but now, I had ample time to focus on those bloody undereye bags.
As you can see, my skin may not be 100% blemish free, but baby steps amount to great results.
Those are just some of the few things that I have learned while being sick (more of the fun ones anyway). While it has been a trip, I am really looking forward to feeling better. Hopefully, this will be soon.
That’s all for this post, please let me know: What valuable lessons have you learned while being sick? How do you deal with your undereye bags? and if you try out any of the recipes that I listed above, please let me know if you like them!
I am sending you all lots of love…. and until next time! ❤