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Working to save my life: Why I moved to Nicaragua

It's been 6 months since I got a phone call that would forever change my life. The doctor said, you have lupus. At the time I had no idea what that really meant other than I had a name for the thing that seemed to be trying to kill me off.  In a few short months, I went from 170lbs down to 112lbs and my heart had been swollen amongst other things. I always knew from being a former personal trainer & national level fitness competitor that food was more than just satifying. It was life.

In the time that I have been given a name for what has happened to me & now, a lot has changed. My life was literally turned upside down but I am filled with faith & know that I am on the way to a new right side up. I never assume that people believe the way I do but I am a firm believer in God and I know all the things that happen to us, both the good and the bad eventually work out for our good. 

I took to the airwaves when I got my diagnosis, I'd been a fashion blogger for so long that sharing what was happening to me via social media was something you'd think was easy...it was not. I prayed about it and was going to keep my diagnosis to myself but God said, no, that's not what I want from you. I started researching the proper foods to eat & talking to others about going into remission. The common denominator with most of the people I spoke with was a dramatic change in how they ate. 

No restaurants, no processed foods, all organic, pasture raised, wild caught...you get the picture. I started cooking on periscope to show people that not only was eating this way easy but it was also cost effective in the long run for both your wallet & your health. 

I happen to be a highly social person and I will be honest, I am an all or nothing type of person as well. I wanted a quality of life that allows me to go out to share a meal with friends and not have to worry that the meal will literally leave me in pain or send me to the hospital. Lupus left me with very unpredictable symptoms and it also meant I could no longer work selling homes. The energy and the amount of sun involved in the job could cause serious issues for me so I had to walk away from a 17 year career. This meant a few things, I was now on a fixed income and I needed to have good foods as well as affordable healthcare. 

In comes Nicaragua. As I researched the country, I learned that there are very few GMO foods here and the healthcare is definitely affordable, the challenge is finding an English speaking physician. Already I have been to the restaraunts and the market. There is a larger selection at the grocery store than at the markets but the prices in both places are tremendously better than in the US. I literally bought 5 bags of groceries including a bottle of wine for $15 USD. That included 15 eggs, 2 chicken breasts, a fresh pepper, rice, bread and 2 large bottles of water. No way I could have done that in the states and the night I arrived, I took myself to dinner, this portion of food along with a glass of wine was just under $10USD. The chicken was delicious and tender. I have to get accustomed to rice & fries being served but I left the fries since potatoes are a nightshade in every country and naturally causes inflammation, I took a pass on them. No need in creating a reason to be in pain. 

My first meal in a restaurant in Nicaragua

My first meal in a restaurant in Nicaragua

So, all in all, I decided to take a chance on a different lifestyle where I didn't have to worry about a night out at a restaurant or missing out on fun with friends (once I make a few) but I know that the foods I eat will be healthier, the lifestyle will without as much stress and overall, I will be a much healthier person. Have you considered a move abroad? If so, why? What's holding you back?

The view outside my studio apartment

The view outside my studio apartment

The view outside of my studio apartment

The view outside of my studio apartment

You have no choice but to heal when you can spend your day swinging away in a hammock :-)

You have no choice but to heal when you can spend your day swinging away in a hammock :-)