Over the last six months I have begun to dig deeper into my health and I am finally ready to share some of my discoveries. I have found it difficult to come to terms with where I am now as I have always believed that whole foods, clean eating, exercise and a positive mindset should be enough, but, for me it hasn't and I am now able to share with you what I have been learning. I am incredibly grateful to how healthfully I do eat and how I treat my body, I shudder to think how I would be feeling right now if I hadn't been treating my body so well. I am by no means at the end of my self-discovery journey and I really don't think I have found the root cause of all my lethargy and tiredness, but I have found a start point and I am committed in 2015 to prioritise my own health and wellness above and before everyone else's. It is time to practice what I preach! "If I am broken, then I am of no use to anybody else" It is time to pick up the pieces and slowly place them back together so I can be the best version of myself, my kids need this and I owe it to them and all of my loved ones, friends and family.
Years of abuse to my body in the form of processed food, take away, gluten, dairy, sugar, over indulgence (and a few to many beverages) left me over weight, exhausted, with increasingly bad asthma, plantar fasciitis, arthritis in my big toe, extreme hay fever, bloating, gassiness, eczema, rosella, water retention, headaches, constipation, diarrhoea, and numerous other weird and disgusting symptoms that I thought were all normal and a part of growing "old" that is until 2 ½ years ago, when I discovered whole foods and one by one all of these symptoms disappeared. I learnt about the foods that agreed with my body and in that process I discovered a whole new normal. The next year or so I felt like I was walking on water, I had more energy than I ever imagined, and don't get me wrong here, I still feel better than I did in my 20's and I am now on the final countdown until I enter a whole new decade (the naughty forties!). I am grateful that whole foods have allowed me to uncover what is perhaps my true reason for feeling tired, lethargic, anxious and overwhelmed with life at times.
After being involved in a very stressful marriage that was irreparable, 3 ½ years ago with a 3 and 5 year old I was separated, during this time I developed some coping strategies that have likely led me down the path that I am in now. Recent results have shown I have little to no hormones left in my body and I am in adrenal fatigue (they are completely fried and burnt out) I have been in fight or flight mode for many years now and retraining my brain and body to learn to slow down relax and be 'still' is not going to happen over night, however much I want it to.
Where I go next? I have no idea, I am taking bio-identical hormones to treat my hormone deficiency and aim to learn to meditate daily and go to yoga at least once a week. I am committing 2015 to my own health, on New Years Eve I sat down and wrote down 32 intentions for this year, among them are simple intentions like Yoga, get lost in a fiction novel (not my usual health and wellness non-fiction books), watch a movie, then there are the intentions that I may have to place on the back burner with my recent results, like running my first half marathon in April!
I am wanting to share all of this with you because, sometimes whole foods and a healthful vitalistic lifestyle is not enough, sometimes we have placed so much stress on our bodies that digging deeper is needed. I am adding to my 2015 intentions, to learn to listen to the whispers in my life, the aches, pains, tiredness, fatigue, the first warning signs that something is not quite right, to question what is happening always! Look for the right therapy that will help me best, not to place a bandaid upon what is happening but to really delve deep and find the root cause to fix it! Searching for a medical practitioner who is prepared to trust my intuition, and me, but, mostly I need to learn to trust myself. Being and feeling tired is not an option, it is not normal and I urge anyone who is feeling this way to seek further help. It is your life and the only person who can create and make long lasting change and decisions is you, you are the driver in your life, you are in control (as scary as that can sound and feel), you can't blame anyone else for where you are now. While you were innocent in the process of getting to where you are today, you are no longer unaware, by starting your journey today, by making one change at a time, one habit a week you will start to walk towards the life you want. Imagine in a year from now looking back at how far you have come, step by step you will walk towards a whole new you, the one you want. Everything happens for a reason in this world, and I know that where I am now is no accident, I am meant to be learning what I am learning, to grow as a person and share my knowledge with you, so I can continue to inspire you to be the best version of yourself!
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