If you don’t know already. I’m a geek. I love nerdy dense scientific studies that bore the hell out of most people. I geek out mostly on health and wellness topics, but also dabble in the esoteric/metaphysics/quantum physics realm… but I wanted to start our by sharing a little bit about my personal wellness journey.
It’s been a bit of a long road, but isn’t that really what wellness is? The path that we travel. The road we choose to place ourselves on so that we can enjoy the journey. Personally, I’ve tried so many protocols (diets), supplements and read countless books and studies. I’ve subscribed to an innumerable amount of content to glean whatever I can to help me improve the function of my body. I’m of the belief that we are a strong and adaptable organism that has the ability to heal and disease or illness that invades our lives…. Given we provide the body with the right set of tools to do so. It’s hard to find tools that are also fun to use. And by “fun” I mean, vitamins and supplements that stand by their quality and performance and are also easy to implement into an already overloaded day.
When I was 33 years old I was told that I was in early menopause. You read that right I was in my early thirties and I was in such a state of dysfunction that it appeared that my body thought it was time to start the journey into my grandma years. I took the hormones. Things got worse. I stopped the pills and asked for more diagnostics and finally arrived at a diagnosis that 10% of all women in the United States receive. I was told I had an endocrine disorder called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). I felt relieved to have a new label, but I was basically told that I would likely end up with Type II diabetes, heart disease, cancers of the reproductive organs… Have a nice day!
I tried taking more prozac, metformin, and more hormones. But as a 33 year old geek I couldn’t be blinded to the long term impact all these would have on my organs. So, I became my own advocate and started seeking answers. My journey meant changing the way I ate as a primary corrective action and that had served me well for a number of years. I pieced together my wellness lifestyle out of the desire to be active and healthy so I could enjoy life with my kids as they grow and age. I didn’t want to be left in the dust. After all, a lot of dust can add up to the equivalent of a burial plot.
Now we arrive at November 2018. I am a certified nutrition coach. I’m a healthy weight and live an active life. But, in spite of that I have ongoing issues that I still can’t figure out. I’ve treated myself for Candida and SIBO and saw some improvements, but still, I wasn’t symptom free. I was still suffering. But this was very different than the things that lead me to change my life. On an 11 hour drive to Louisiana to see my brother and sister in law for Thanksgiving I listed to the audible version of Dr. Gundry’s Plant Paradox. And then I wept.
In the next few weeks I intend to introduce you to some of the concepts that I learned from this book as well as how I’m still implementing them into my life. My hope is that if it resonates with you, you can find relief and healing for your body and your life.