I got beef. With the wellness industry. With diets. With fads. With super foods. With protocol. Call me crazy. And maybe you will (and that's okay). But here's why.
If you know my story, you know I wasn't physically well. I struggled with various health challenges since I was 16 years old. I had severe digestive issues that spiraled out of control which led to anxiety and depression. I had irregular menstrual cycles, prolonged bleeding (sometimes lasting 45 days), hormonal imbalances. Nausea. Skin rashes and breakouts. Weight gain and rapid weight loss. Difficulty putting sentences together. Worsening food allergies. Bone and joint pain. Excessive fatigue. When I was married, I was told my body was unable to sustain a healthy pregnancy. And at my worst, trembling in my hands. I was terrified. I didn't know what was happening to me. Nobody did. Not even the doctors that were supposed to have all of the answers.
Years of questioning and frustration led me on a path to become my own healthcare advocate. Instead of wallowing. Instead of being paralyzed by fear. Instead of giving up. I took matters into my own hands. I researched. I talked to wellness experts. I enrolled in an integrative nutrition program. And I set out on a journey to make changes in my life. Healthy changes. I was paving my own way towards healing.
Gluten free. Grain free. Soy free. Egg free. Dairy Free. Hemp. Turmeric. Lots and lots of kale. Raw juices. Detox programs. Wheatgrass shots. Supplements. Fermented foods. You name it.
Yeah, I lost weight. Rapidly. But I got worse. My symptoms intensified. How? Why? I was doing everything right! I was living a healthy lifestyle! I fell to my knees, crying out to God for help.
What I learned is that I had a genetic mutation that was working against me. My body wasn't able to eliminate toxins like a "normal" person without the mutation. Our fat cells store toxins. And as I would lose weight, those toxins were released into my body, circulating throughout my bloodstream without an exit strategy. What resulted was underlying inflammation which led to some pretty serious health challenges. As I got an understanding for my body, I was able to make appropriate changes that were safe for me and my body's needs. But those changes did not include fad foods or specific trending protocols. It included an intuitiveness and the knowing of my own body with the help of a humble practitioner I found who did things the old school way (no receptionist, no computer, not even an answering machine - say whaaat?!). He wasn't in it for the money, for the fame, for the sale of his product. He was in it to peel back the layers of the one + only me. And guess who was in the driver's seat? God + me.
Here's a dose of truth. Dr. So and So's general protocol wasn't going to help me. They didn't know my body like me. They didn't know my underlying genetics. And the fact is, our bodies are living and dynamic, ever changing. What I need today may not be what I need tomorrow. And so forth. Two people can be diagnosed with the same exact condition, but they may require two very different forms of treatment based on their unique body's needs. It's called Bioindividuality. And we need to keep it in mind on the healing journey.
Here's what else I want to tell you. Sometimes when our health spirals out of control and we are looking for answers, [x] diagnosis becomes something we identify with. And on our quest for answers, our practitioners or certain products and/or supplements easily become our lifeline, our God. The end all be all. The source of our healing. The answer we seek.
Now, please know that I am not bashing practitioners. They have been blessed with a set of gifts in order to diagnose and bring treatment options to the table for those suffering with health conditions. But I don't want us to get lost and lose our focus on two important facts.
1. You are not your diagnosis.
2. God is ultimate Healer.
Be firm in who God says you are. I have seen far too many chronic illness "online chatrooms" that only confuse, overwhelm, and scare its members. Many, many members then allow fear to consume them and rule their lives, filling them with lies of who they are. They live labeled by their diagnosis. Not all, but I do believe many practitioners prey on these fears. I fell for it too. And that's why I do things differently in my practice.
Your Creator never called you by your diagnosis. He called you, Beloved. And He wants you to experience an abundant life, regardless of your circumstances. Receive it! Sometimes this abundance takes form of healing miracles. Sometimes spiritual growth. Sometimes beauty in the midst of chaos. Sometimes bringing hope and inspiration to others facing similar trials. But you were saved by blood shed so that you could experience abundance. Live it. Feel it. Believe it.
So, I'm here to say, rise above protocol. Get to know your body. Take a stand for it. Love it + nourish it with God's Truth and the food and movement that only your body knows it needs. Open yourself to healing and grace. Turn to the only One. Let go of labels. And allow Him to lead you on your path towards wellness.
Peace, Love, + Healing!
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