My Journey to Health
“When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need.”
~Ancient Ayurvedic Proverb
“Let food by thy medicine and let medicine be thy food.” ~Hippocrates
I believe that everything is energy, and energy is continually in a cause & effect motion. Energy comes in the form of all things tangible and intangible: emotions, food, substances, thoughts, environment, movement…just to name a few.
I spent most of my life hating my body, and being stuck in a space of always wanting to change it. At that time of my life, it was merely a source of frustration, lack of confidence, and desire to hide; years later, I believe it was the source and cause of continual weight gain, inability to release the weight, deteriorating health, debilitating health conditions, complete inner imbalance, and anger.
I was overweight for pretty much my entire life. I remember avoiding pool parties and trips to the beach with friends (up until very recently) because I was so painfully uncomfortable in a swimsuit. I could never share clothes with my friends, and once I hit adolescence, I was bigger than my mom (which was really embarrassing). I continued to gain weight as I got older, and reached my highest weight and biggest size by the time I graduated from college.
Once I was ready to make a change, I started trying ANYTHING and EVERYTHING to try to drop the weight and feel better. I was tired all the time, very sluggish, lacking strength and haunted by cravings. Everything I tried failed. I felt guilt almost every time I ate. I was so misinformed, and confused on what was actually a healthy, sustainable and lasting approach to achieving health and the body I wanted. My relationship with food was so distorted, and I hated the way I looked. On the outside, I was dealing with an excess of weight, but on the inside, my body was in a state of dis-ease.
Gradually, I started manifesting a number of health conditions: vitiligo (loss of pigmentation in the skin); chronic yeast infections; chronic fatigue; migraines; digestive health issues & chronic constipation; recurrent (excruciatingly painful) oral infections; and finally chronic hives (urticaria) and angioedema, an inflammatory condition that would cause parts of my body to swell. Over the course of the just a few years, I had manifested a body so unhealthy, I would experience sudden episodes of symptomatic flare-ups so painful and debilitating I would be confined to bed for 1-2 weeks, still recovering 2 weeks later. I could never leave the house without digestive aids, I was continually making trips to the pharmacy for toxic concoctions to bring me some kind of relief, and I had become a guinea pig to many doctors to try to figure out the right medication to suppress, i mean cure, all these strange symptoms.
Of course, my weight loss efforts grew more difficult, and seemed less important as my body hit a state of emergency. As a practitioner of energy healing, and a student of natural medicine, I dabbled with every approach to healing that I could, as I continued to work with my medical doctors and take the medications prescribed. I hit the darkest space of my life. I felt like my body had betrayed me, I felt completely out of control of my body, and felt zero trust towards my body. But since this was all an unsolvable mystery to my medical doctors, and every medical intervention & treatment failed, I knew it was up to me.
Like you, I am my best healer…
In September 2011, I committed myself to a new path, a new lifestyle of healing, well-being and getting into the best shape of my life. I realized it was not just about losing a few pounds, it was about bringing my body back to wholeness and balance, and becoming the healthiest me. I released the negative self-talk, crazy diets, toxic foods, quick fixes, and medications, and took on a healthy, active lifestyle of REAL, whole foods, effective exercise, REST and stillness, and continued my spiritual and personal development.
It’s been over a year since I made that commitment and started on my own nutrition program, and the results are astounding. I have dropped 27 lbs and over 13% body fat, went from a size 10 to a size 2, and have put on over 12 lbs of lean muscle mass. I am stronger than I ever thought possible, and have more energy than ever (without coffee). I used to kill myself in the gym almost every day hoping to lose weight and would be overcome with guilt if I missed a day…Now, I work out because I LOVE it! I grew into an athlete…building strength and endurance every week, taking my body to the next level. All my digestive health issues are gone, and I haven’t touched antacids since. I sleep well, I awake well. My skin has improved SO much…the vitiligo (a condition I was told there is no cure for) is slowly reversing on its own. I have not had an oral infection, breakout of hives or swelling episode in over 14 months! I am grateful for my health every single day, and I have developed a deep commitment to my health. I practice health, nutrition and fitness as a spiritual practice.
My purpose here is to serve as a valuable resource to you as I share what I have learned on my
journey, the philosophies and the tools. I hope to inspire and awaken the healer that you are, and bring to life the power that you have to create the health, body, well-being and life that you want. You do not know how good you can feel until you do…then you never want to stop feeling that good.
Health is a state of balance and abundance achieved in all areas of one’s life. Let’s be a YES to it.