Recovering from SXSW

South by Southwest was incredibly fun- but also not extremely healthy.

For ten days- I barely slept, I was doing a lot of standing on my feet, dehydrated, and ate a lot of unhealthy food and drinks. I am all for treating myself for one night or for one meal.... but after ten days, I need help.

On Sunday, after a much-needed nap, I put a game plan together to detox from the last ten days. Here are a few things that I have done in the previous few days to help recover from the craziness of SXSW.  

1. Drink Water

Drinking water may seem like a no-brainer, but I was not drinking enough water for ten days. Water also has helped me from not craving sugars and food late at night.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

I hate this stuff, but Apple Cider Vinegar is so good for you! The taste is awful, so I put the Apple Cider Vinegar in water, so the taste is not too intense. Apple Cider Vinegar helps with digestion. I was eating fried food a lot during SXSW, so my digestion system has been backed up. The Apple Cider Vinegar helps clear the system.

3. Health Shots

Similar to the Apple Cider Vinegar, I am a fan of these small 2oz shots that help initiate clearing the digestion system. My favorite shot, called the Royal Flush from Soup Peddler, is lemon juice, some ginger, and cayenne pepper. After taking the shot, you can feel the heat in your stomach! Good stuff.

4. Kombucha

Over the last two years, I have become a fan of Kombucha which is fermented tea. If you have not picked up on the trend of this post- Kombucha also helps with digestion. And honestly, Kombucha just tastes good!


Kale and Spinach are my best friends in the last few days. On top of the greens, all produce is necessary! 

6. Eating Schedule and No Alcohol

I am taking a break from Alcohol because after lots of free drinks over the course of 10 days- my liver needs some time to recover. I also am not trying to eat anytime after 7 PM so that I can give myself time to digest. During SXSW I would eat at random times and usually super late which did not sit well when I was trying to sleep. 

Overall, I am trying to reset my system this week after a crazy ten days. I feel great and have a lot of energy. A lot of these practices from above are things that I want to adopt for the future. If you have any suggestions on how you are recovering from SXSW or how you reset your system, let me know below!

Dealing With The Emotional Hurt of My Injury

I am writing this post not because I am an expert in dealing with the emotional side of injuries, but out of weakness. I have not dealt with my emotional pain. 

I am struggling.


Now that we have the facts on the table- what do we do with them? That is a question I have not gone into because I honestly have not dealt with the fact that I am struggling. I do not want deal with that fact but I need to, and I need to now.

I have trained 13 years to get to where I am today as a dancer and all of that is in question. THAT IS SCARY! I honestly can say that I do not fully understand the depth of that hurt yet. I am disappointed. I am sad. This post is me being honest with myself since I have not been honest in months. 

Matthew Gattozzi in Ballet Class

The mind, body, and spirit are all connected. My body is trying to heal without healing my mind or spirit. My energy is off between these different aspects of me. This disconnect has not been healthy. I am going full ahead in working on my mindfulness. I am starting to be open to people. I am starting to be open with myself. I am working on getting myself back- not just physically but also mentally and spiritually. 

On a physical level, I am doing my physical therapy exercises while taking more ballet class! I am excited. I see progress in myself. Each week, I am dancing more. I have a long road ahead of me, but I am up for the challenge! Thank you for all of the support! 

If you have any tips on how you have dealt with injuries, let me know below!

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My Favorite Stretch

Last week I mentioned that I needed to stretch more often during my recovery. This lack of flexibility was evident when I took a ballet class yesterday for the first time. I only took a little bit of barre but man, were my hips and quads tight! OUCH! 

This stretch is my favorite stretch but I also really like to avoid it since this stretch is hard for me! I know how helpful it is... I just know I am super tight in the front of my hips.  This stretch was given to me by my coach, Jesse Ruiz, and it has been a game changer for me. 

Put something under your knee to protect it against the floor. The closer your knee is to the wall, the more intense the stretch will be. I would suggest starting out farther from the wall and over time slowly bring your knee closer to the wall as you increase your flexibility. Make sure your front leg has 90-degree angle at the crease of your knee. You can take a pole or roller to push your upper body up lightly. If you feel the stretch, do not keep pushing up because you do not want to overstretch and hurt yourself. Breathe! And hold for 30 seconds. Slowly come down from the stretch. Then switch legs and do the other side.

This stretch opens the front of my legs up and is great since I have been doing more sitting than I usually do since I am not up on my feet dancing 9 hours a day. My body is feeling good. I am just grateful to be moving forward and getting back to my full abilities. I am trying to put in the work and mentally spur myself on to go beyond my fears and insecurities. 

What is your favorite stretch? I want to know and learn from you. Let me know down below!

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