Going Wild

Becoming Wild

I just finished the book Go Wild, by Ratey and Manning (the book I referenced in my last post) and it gave me some food for thought.

Here are some ideas that I took from of the book.

  1. Get out into Nature.
  2. Be mindful, present like a hunter/gatherer.
  3. We were born to run especially without structured cushiony shoes.
  4. Find your tribe and be aware of who you surround yourself with.
  5. Eat a variety of foods and eat animals that have a varied diet.
  6. We are causing our own sickness, mental, physical and spiritual.
  7. Move your body, we were meant to move and moving it in novel ways helps the mind.
  8. Get enough sleep.

I am excitedly smug to say I already do some of these things, and I am working on others.  This book just kinda reaffirmed my research and changes that I want to make in my life. My biggest challenge is consistency. But I recently discovered the wonderful world of dot journaling. It’s like the heavens opened and my brain fog has lifted. I have had my journal for 24 hours and I have written 27 pages! That is right, 27 pages.

But to get back to the reason why I even brought up dot journaling, I now have a handy dandy fun way to keep track of my habits. For accountability, I will post my results here. Habits I plan on keeping track of

  1. Meditation
  2. Sleep
  3. Eating – following a keto/whole30 diet.
  4. Drinking my grassfed protein drinks
  5. Getting out into Nature
  6. Moving my body on a daily basis – even if I just take 10 minutes to stretch.
  7. other habits that I will discuss at a later date.

Hypothesis: Doing these habits will make me more productive, content, curious, energized, a better parent and my body will feel stronger and less bloated.

Data: Started collecting on Nov. 1, 2017. Not a bad start 🙂

Conclusion: Check back on Dec. 1, 2017.

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Going Wild

Healing my Plantar Fasciitis

Apparently, UGG boots and the like are horrible for your feet, which comes as a big disappointment to me. I loved every aspect of them: the ease of slipping them on and off, the fact that that match with 90% of my outfits (mom leggings strike again) and they worked perfectly in Colorado’s snowy weather. But at the end of last year’s boot season my dogs were definitely barking. Here comes a case of Plantar Fasciitis in my right foot that effected the daily aspects of my life. Upon waking I walk with a hobble to the restroom, my lower back is angry because my stride is being compensated, I no longer want to run as it causes a flare up.

I Dr. Googled my diagnoses like any good American and tried all the remedies: iced it, rolled it on a fancy foot massager, bought fancy new running shoes that are designed to ease plantar fasciitis, took anti-imflammatories, hand massaged and stretched it in the A.M. and P.M., rubbed in essential oils into my muscles, stretched every muscle, joint and tendon in my body. The only thing I didn’t do was get one of those foot stretchers for when you sleep.

Upon reading the book Go Wild, by Ratey and Manning, I decided to get my feet out of their binding shoe corsets and into a more freeing shoe designed for natural movement. After researching some brands I decided on shoes from Vivobarefoot. I took a gamble since I did not get to try them on. I am a tactile person and prefer shopping in person vs. online.

OMG, I am so glad that I did. I can feel my foot getting stronger, my balanced has improved and my husband says I even walk with more confidence.

I can totally feel a shift in my stride when I walk and run, and I no longer experience lower back pain when I run. My plantar fasciitis is on the mend! Stay tuned for updates on my running and healing.

I even picked up a pair of winter boots from Vivobarefoot. They are not as “stylish” as my Uggs, but I’m almost 40, so I definitely prefer comfort over fashion!