Written By Terri Fitzsimmons, Sun City Writers Club member and author of three books: “Phoenix Rising From the Ashes,” “Smoldering Embers of Paradise,” & “Untie the Not in Cannot”
I am approaching my 73rd birthday, and, as I do every year, I reflect on my life. This year, there has been so much to ponder: leaving Oregon and moving to Indio, recovering from an aneurysm, writing a novel and articles for local magazines. Yes, it has been an eventful life!
For the past two months I was suffering from brain fog, dizziness and poor eyesight. Oh, how my imagination ran amuck! I can’t have another aneurysm! Then I developed sinus symptoms, pain around my eyes and nose. I remembered that a medical practitioner told me a few years ago that I suffered from a buildup of candida in my system.
Candida? A fungus? Yes, in fact a buildup of candida can manifest itself in the form of sinus problems, fibromyalgia, brain fog and other infections.
So, I ordered pills to get rid of the candida and within one week, I am almost back to my normal self. I began to take stock of what I was eating and was shocked! I could not believe the amount of sugar I was putting into my body, along with white bread and other foods that disagreed with my digestive system.
I also could not believe how I fell into the trap of eating “comfort” foods and settling for a hamburger and fries instead of a healthy salad. I ignored my bulging waist and lack of energy.
Now, more than ever, I am examining my life in terms of “balance”: walking to enjoy nature, meditating for the soul and mind, eating to nourish my body, doing what I am passionate about. I don’t just want to live the next years of my life: I intend to thrive! Who wants to just exist? I surely don’t! So, how does your life balance out?