Welcome to the new Kai Chronicles
My food, health and lifestyle diary lives on!
Kai is a Maori word. It means food.
I began Kai Chronicles on Wordpress in October 2011. I had just relocated to New Zealand’s west coast from Tropical North Queensland, Australia, and I was still recovering from sinus surgery. My third sinus surgery, in fact.
A little health background and update
I’ve had chronic nasal polyps and asthma since 1995. That is, I had asthma until it was upgraded to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in early September 2022, rather casually, I might say. At the time, I was battling a bacterial infection that needed two rounds of antibiotics to kill. I was also, and had been since 2017, dealing with menopause. The menopause symptoms got too much so I made an appointment with a specialist but I had to wait until the end of October to see her. That resulted in scripts for bio-HRT.
With the infection gone and hot-flashes gone, and I was off booze (I did 102 days sober from August to December), I felt good. And even better when I began taking B12.
But it didn’t last. By mid-January, I had another respiratory infection that didn’t clear with antibiotics. At this time, I asked for a chest X-ray and another breathing test, which once again, came back as irreversible COPD.
So, here I am. Summer is almost over in Australia (I left New Zealand in 2012) and I am sick and tired of being sick and tired. For the past week, I’ve made changes to my diet AGAIN (I’ve been on so many different regimes) and I have consulted a Naturopath for alternative remedies to rid the trace infection. As of March 01, I am doing an experimental 90-day radical change, which I will document here. It will not be for everyone. If you’re sensitive to animal-based products, look away now.
Is Kai Chronicles for you?
This is not only about food and diet. I know I am not alone in trying to reverse an ailment or health diagnosis that is keeping me from living large and in the charge.
I know I am not the only 50-something woman who feels like life is speeding by me and I’m choking on the dust as it goes.
I am inviting everyone, but especially mature females who need to not feel alone in the world or alone on your plight for better health and a better life.
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My aim is to write weekly posts or newsletters (whatever the format is these days) and, in the near future, add a podcast. Now, I’ll be upfront, some of the podcast and some written content will eventually be behind a paywall. But for now, everything is free, which is a damn good reason to subscribe now.
I must credit the original Kai Chronicles for kickstarting my writing career. I was a published writer before the blog launched but it got me writing on a regular basis, something I struggle with even to this day.
But I went from blogging in 2011 to being a full-time travel and lifestyle writer in 2019, and of course lots of paid writing, including a couple of years as a small town reporter, in the middle. My career was absolutely peaking in February 2020, then it was near dead by March 31, 2020. And I let it die a slow death.
From then until June 2022, I did random writing for MSM: news outlets, prestigious travel magazines and such, but I lost my Mojo. When editors stop answering my emails and approaching me altogether, I let my career die. Now, I clean houses because it’s better money and there’s no hustle. It’s just physically exhausting.
I am a writer at heart. Resurrecting Kai Chronicles is not only because I want to write again, it’s because I want to feel great again. And this is the first time in months that I feel an urge to do something. Yes, I need to sort out my health and head. And hopefully, in the process, I can help others who are stuck.
It’s time to make a move. Are you ready?
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Thank you, Carly! This means a lot. I truly hope we can all get something out of this. Whether it be a diet change or just signing up to a community group to make new friends. Anything is better than feeling sick and sorry. Good luck!
You are a warrior woman!!!! Love this for you Jen and love you! Well done! I need this right now so thank you xxx I'm hoping it will help me dig down deep and take control back for myself. All the best my lovely friend xx