5-Ingredient Fall Pork Chops, Plus an Update

17 years ago, I was hit by a drunk driver. A man who was driving on a suspended license for a previous DUI, was doing some day-drinking on a Saturday afternoon and  blew a red light. He t-boned me, hitting my door at 50 mph as I was on my way home from work.

I was lucky. I survived and, thankfully, didn’t have either of my young children in the car. I was in rough shape with 5 broken ribs, one in two places, and lots of bruising on my left side from hip to head. But I was alive and if you had seen my totaled car, you would have thought that impossible.

The hit I took left me with multiple bulging discs throughout my cervical spine. Over the years, I’ve gone round and round with pain and some limitations, but I managed to live my life well with massage, yoga, diet, meditation, and chiropractors. 

If you’ve ever had any chronic issue, you know that the body builds up a tolerance to pain, like a frog in a pot of water, slowly coming to a boil, unaware until it’s thoroughly cooked.

For the last 3 ½ years, I’ve been able to focus on my health and mental well-being, living my life out loud and to the fullest. I was still in the hot water, tolerating it and powering through it.

Until now. Stick a fork in me cuz I’m done.

I’ve always been aware of the discs and pain, which is why I had deep-tissue massages scheduled every 2 weeks for as far back as I can remember. Pain didn’t sideline me, it was there as background noise. 

Something changed back in July. I started experiencing pain in my shoulders and arms unlike anything I’ve dealt with before.

The pain was followed by weakness, numbness, and pins and needles into my hands. I would wake up every night without feeling in my hands. This got my attention to say the least.

An MRI in August revealed that the C5-6 disc was ruptured and leaking into my spine and, left untreated, could lead to permanent nerve damage.

Okay, so that was just a diagnosis and I chose to keep going, wanting to try some alternatives before exploring surgical solutions.

Painkillers were never an option - that’s a whole other story that I’ll share at a later time. 

After two months of physical therapy, and continued deterioration,  I’ve made the decision to have the disc replacement surgery before I lose anymore function in my arms and hands permanently. Things like cooking, typing, grocery shopping, laundry, washing dishes, sitting and sleeping-pretty much everything but standing-have become daunting. 

I suspect my family thinks I’m just trying to get a hall pass on chores. 

Now that I’ve made that decision, I’ve also come to terms with the fact that I need to take a hiatus from what I love so much, spreading the keto word, and focus all of my attention on healing.

This last week I struggled with feelings of failure, inadequacy, the need to please, self-worth, care-taking of others... basically a full-blown identity crisis because I recognized the need to take a step back instead of all the steps forward I had planned.

I have recipes to create, blogs to write, clients to coach, parties to throw, holiday meal planners to put together. I have stuff to do and spending time on myself wasn’t in the cards.

What I do know is that self-care should come first, but that’s easier said than done, especially when it means stepping back from other parts of my life.

I believe everything happens for a reason and whatever I’m going through will propel me into the next chapter of my beautiful life with more wisdom and insight.

With that being said, I’m taking a 6-8 week hiatus. I’m hoping to be back, with stories and recipes to share, in mid November, but before I sign off, I wanted to share one more recipe.

This newly created 5-Ingredient Fall Pork Chop recipe was a huge hit with all of the Parker clan. The total time to make these chops clocks in under 30 minutes. I served them over Cauliflower Rice with Roasted Asparagus and Steamed Green Beans. The sage in it gives this dish an earthy fall flavor and would be good with a big bowl of my Pumpkin Soup, as well.

In the meantime, I will continue to share insights and articles on Facebook and Instagram, as I’m able, so I won’t be a complete social media ghost. 

Stay tuned and keep in touch♥
Hugs, Health and Serious Self-Care,

Heather


5-Ingredient Fall Pork Chops

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Ingredients

  • 4-6 thin-cut bone-in pork chops
  • 2 tbs butter
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 small bunch of fresh sage

Instructions

Take pork chops out and let sit for 20 minutes before prepping.

Salt and pepper the chops well.

In a large pan, over medium-high heat, melt butter.

Add in chops and add sage.

Cook for 5-7 minutes per side.

Serve over Cauliflower Rice.