Saturday, October 11, 2014

Dipping a Toe Back in the Blogging Waters...

It's been over five years since I last wrote here. Many things have changed in Casa de Kaza. We moved to a new house closer to our jobs. My beloved father died, and I was lost in grief for a long while. The husband and I both changed career paths, so the rhythm of university semesters no longer regulates our time. Our little preschooler is now 9 years old and in the fourth grade, and I can report that it really is true that parenting gets better and better (if not easier). My passion these days is to achieve optimal health and well-being. After my dad died, I knew I had to make some changes. He had diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease, and ultimately died of multiple organ failure after what I think was about 9 years on dialysis. We were witness to the way his life became increasingly medicalized even before dialysis, as heart disease and kidney failure led him through a long, slow decline. It isn't a unique story. After losing him, I started reading up on nutrition, and came across the competing paradigms concerning how to eat for optimal health. Ultimately I decided that the primal/paleo pathway made the most sense, and began working toward transitioning my own eating. I expect that I'll write a good deal about that transition, which is ongoing. But health and wellness aren't only about what we eat, and so I've also been on a spiritual quest of sorts, and I might write about some of that as well. I'm an avid viewer and fan of Super Soul Sunday, I'm trying to make meditation a new habit (mostly unsuccessfully thus far), and I intend to give yoga another shot soon. I'm 47 now, and on my birthday I decided that this will be the year that I'm going to make the changes to get my health in order, in the holistic sense of body-mind-spirit. Perhaps blogging about it will bring me some inspiration, accountability, and encouragement.