Life gets stressful, everyone’s does, the life of a prison wife is even more so, and the time that you remain under stress at a constant level is longer at a time than most situations. Sometimes it seems that the stress will never end, you must simply take each hit as it comes, no time to prepare, no time to take care of yourself, forget figuring out what you are going to eat for your next meal and making it healthy! That is the last thing on your mind, I know. The problem is, if you allow your health to be a forgotten dropped stitch in the tapestry of your family and life – it will make the whole project weak and vunerable to pulling apart.
There are several things that if dropped will cause weakness and vunerability where you don’t want it. Your health however is the one thing that will make or break your ability to keep even those other stitches from being dropped. If you don’t take care of yourself, you cannot function as well as you need to to take care of all the other stuff that is coming your way. You can’t afford NOT to keep yourself healthy. Take the time, effort and even a little extra money if necessary to keep your health where it needs to be!
Keeping healthy means different things to different people. Everyone is an inidvidual and needs different ways to manage their health. I, for instance, have Lupus along with othere autoimmune issues that kinda come along with that. I found for me that I needed to eat a better diet with as few inflamatory foods as possible. I need clean, real, non processed foods as much as possible. I needed to be more concerned about my weight as well. 
Me – Senior year of high school. 98 lbs!
That was new! I was all of 110lbs in my first semester at college, at 19 yrs old. Then I birthed 2 babies in 2 years at 27 yrs old and went immediately back down to 115. I never had to worry about my weight, or what I was eating. I ate whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted and was perfectly healthy. Enter Lupus! 
When I started getting sick we didn’t even realize it, I had 2 kids under 2 – of course I was exausted! Once we discovered something was wrong – thanks to an observant pediatritian – the quest for a diagnosis began. I was on high doses of steroids to try and make my body respond better, and having several blood transfusions each round. All of this conspired to completely change my metabolism. 
Me – 2009, the year my husband was arrested
with my three fun loving boys
Then, just as we are starting to finally figure out how to manage my health, and that stress is something I must avoid, my husband is arrested and sentenced to 5 years in federal prison and I am left with now 3 boys – the oldest being just barely 9. You know the stress of all of that! I spent the first 3 years at least of that time just surviving, my health was the last thing on my mind too. I just wanted to be able to get the kids fed, dressed and off to school, have some money to be able to communicate with my husband, and make it to the next day. I wish so much now that someone had told me that if I took the time to keep myself healthy first, and given me practical ways to do it, that I would be able to do all those other things and more. That I would be able to do them better. 
For the next couple of weeks I am going to tell you about the eating plan that I have found to be the best for me, and talk about some other options as well. You deserve the information you need to choose your healthiest you – don’t drop that stitch!!!

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