The Universe Punched Me in the Face Repeatedly

I can be stubborn and thick-headed sometimes, but when the universe slaps me upside the head, or in this case repeatedly punches me in the face, I take notice. I recently left for a trip to Bali. I had spent months thinking about how fabulous this trip was going to be and what an amazing, life-changing experience it was going to be. Well amazing, not so much.

In a nutshell, within two days of arriving in Bali, I came down with Dengue fever. I recovered from that, got my feet back under me for a couple of days, and then I am fed gluten. I asked, "this is gluten-free?" I am told, "yes, yes, gluten-free." My body cannot tolerate gluten. What happens is exceptionally unpleasant. To put it as politely as possible, after eating gluten, everything I put in my body turns to water. This condition makes it impossible for me to venture far from a bathroom. In addition to this, some random joint in my body will become inflamed and cause excruciating pain. This time it was a joint at the base of my neck and top of my spine. For days, I couldn't lie down without burning pain through both my shoulders. Even now, over a week later, I still have pain in my back. I get over this, and I can function for two days when I am hit with Bali belly. As I was sitting on the toilet, spewing from both ends, I decided I had enough, I am going home.

When I got the word, I could change my flight, and that I could leave in 6 days, I was filled with peace. I also knew that when the universe is feeling the need to be especially brutal with me, there are lessons that I need to learn. I have been thinking about this for the last few days, as I have been recuperating yet again.

As I mentioned, I can't eat gluten. I also have that same reaction to sugar, dairy, soy, alcohol, simple carbs, chocolate, and probably some others I have forgotten. I am also a sugar and carb addict, so I tend to cheat with these, and the result is chronic pain.

The thing that I noticed in those days where I couldn't eat due to my illnesses, I had no or little pain. I believe that at least one lesson the universe is trying to teach me is that if I want to reduce and even eliminate the pain in my life, I have to watch what I eat. I have to realize that I am indeed one of a kind, and while it may suck that I can't eat like everyone else, I have to be true to myself. I have to treat myself with respect for the way that my body is designed.

About ten days before I left on this trip, on a whim, I ordered a raw vegan cookbook. Each time I made a recipe, I had a curled lip and was thinking this is going to be disgusting. Each recipe was tasty, some more than others, but with some being divine. After a couple of days, I noticed that my pain was gone. The feeling of popcorn kernels in my left knee was gone, and I could comfortably go up and down the stairs.

I guess maybe the universe knows me and felt it needed to hammer this point home, so it knocked me on my ass a couple of times to make sure I learned the lesson. I am committed to learning how to make a variety of raw vegan dishes and see if I can change my lifestyle as well as my level of chronic pain.

I'm excited to get home and get started on the next chapter of this adventure called life.

In Gratitude,


Food my body can enjoy, though I do have to go easy on dried fruit.

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