Healing Update: I Walked Four Miles Without Triggering an Autoimmune Flare

Close up picture of a bonfire with red flames and charred wood.

As I watched the flames of the bonfire dance, I reclined in the grass and reflected on the afternoon. I had set up camp, built a fire and prepped a meal, after going for my longest nature walk since the summer of 2020, nearly four years ago.

4.28 miles may not seem like much, but to me it was an astounding accomplishment. It’s a barometer of healing.

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Screenshot of the walking app showing the 4.23 miles

Looking Back

Just a few months ago on a beautifully sunny day, my excited puppy Archie wanted to go for a longer-than-usual walk. I knew it might be too much on my body, but his furry smile made me forget about the issues surging through my system.

We walked a half mile more than our usual one-mile daily jaunt, then drove home. When I parked the car and made it into the house, I was limping to the couch and heat pad. All of my lower joints were swollen. Dinner gave way to snacking on popcorn and calling it a night.

This scenario isn’t uncommon. It was my norm after doing “too much” of pretty much anything, not listening to my body and not treating the root causes of my autoimmune conditions.

Author Angela in a green sweatshirt and her pitbull dog Archie outside on a gravel-covered nature trail walking though a grove of trees. We put in another two miles the next day!

Looking Forward

Over the years I’ve taken many baby steps to better manage autoimmunity.

Initially, I cleaned up my diet, started mental health therapy and made exercise a priority. Then, I embraced the many healing facets of yoga, including breathwork, meditation and gentle movement. I added in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) approaches including acupuncture, herbs and moxibustion. I also worked with reiki, guided visualization and herbal supplements. Finally, I met a holistic doctor who did a full-body electrodermal screening test and got to the root causes of my chronic illnesses.

  • Lyme Disease
  • Epstein Barr Virus
  • Parasites
  • Mold exposure
  • Infections

And the list goes on. Over the past four and a half months we’ve addressed these underlying issues that are thought to mimic (or maybe fuel?) autoimmune conditions. I’ve been diligent about opening my body’s drainage pathways (the lymphatic system especially), teaching my immune system to recognize the yuck and taking binders to help it exit the body. I’m also doing a parasite cleanse, reducing my exposure to toxins in my environment, chiropractic care and avoiding foods/drinks that create an imbalance in the body.

The Moment You Realize You’re Healing

This weekend, I saw the cumulative healing effects of all this self-care reflected back at me on a walking app.

4.23 miles.

I’m excited to see how much more my body can heal and where my adventures will take me, one mile at a time.

Until next time,
Choose healthy!

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