At the end of Autumn this year I made a decision to focus more on my health. And for this to become a regular thing. The wedding season slows down considerably over winter and this was the time I had dedicated to create better eating and lifestyle habits. I got back into a regular yoga practise, chose riding my bike over driving the van wherever possible and kept an eye on my eating and drinking. In August I took a month off alcohol, coffee, sugar and processed foods and then booked in to do a cleansing health retreat in Ubud, Bali. It was one amazing week of juices and smoothies, massages and yoga and lots of peace and quiet time. I was feeling so amazing.
In the last few days of my time in Bali I got bitten by a mosquito. In fact I got bitten by many mosquitos during my holiday, but this one in particular was a game changer. I ended up getting Dengue fever, so a few days after I returned to Melbourne the fever, the headaches, the nausea etc had all started. And there were weddings to do. So I dragged myself to flower market, made up the flowers for our restaurant clients and worked late in the studio on weddings that I wondered if I even had the energy to set up. I didn’t know for a few days what was actually wrong with me, I thought I had contracted the dreaded Melbourne winter flu. Thank god for my awesome team during these weeks. I couldn’t have done it without them. No really, I couldn’t have.
Eventually my blood platelet count returned to normal, all of the nasty symptoms subsided and my energy levels started to increase. At first I was so annoyed and disappointed that I had gone away to do a HEALTH RETREAT and came home more sick than I had ever been before. Ever! It felt as if the virus had undone all of the good work and effort I had put into being healthy over the winter months.These last six weeks have really challenged my concepts of expectations and concepts on good health. I guess, if anything, getting sick has taught me to keep the healthy diet and the balanced approach to exercise, yoga and meditation/ relaxation. And to keep it going well into the future, well into the coming wedding season which has just landed, and beyond. Permanent health strategy set in place.