“A journey of a thousand miles starts with one step,” Loa Tzu.
I am passionate about health and how our food, environment, sleep, and stress affect our health. I believe that with small changes we can change the way we feel, the way we react to stress and ultimately our life. I also believe what works for one person may not work for someone else. We are all individuals and we must consider our bio individuality when determine what will work for ourselves. We must listen to our bodies; our bodies have the wisdom to tell us what we need to eat once we get away from all the chemicals that masquerade as food.
I love the quote that “A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step,” Loa Tzu, and with each step we move closer to our reaching our destiny.
I was raised close to the earth…
When I read a blog, or want to consider the information presented by a writer, I want to know who they are and where they are coming from.
I am a small-town southern girl raised on a farm with 6 brothers (yes you read that right!), who grew up loving the out-doors, plants, animals and family. My family grew, or raised, most of what we ate and so I became very intimately aware of the sacrifice a plant, or an animal, has to make to provide substance for me. I absolutely love plants and animals and the relationship they have with humans and believe that when we lose touch with that relationship we lose something valuable.
Fast forward, and I moved from the farm and began the life of an urbanite. I was much like all young Americans and spent time stopping at fast-food restaurants, using chemicals to clean, putting chemicals on my skin and all the while not knowing they were not safe for me.
When I was in my 20’s I began having troubling symptoms of fatigue, shortness of breath and terrible pain in my legs. I was diagnosed with lupus.
My mother, who had rheumatoid arthritis, had been seeing an alternative doctor in a nearby town so I went to see him. He explained that lupus was a diagnosis of certain symptoms and labs, an autoimmune disease, and that there were things I could do before there was irreparable damage to my organs.
He had me clean up my diet and my environment. I went home and literally went back to my roots! I ate only fresh plants and non-commercially produced animal products. I also change to mostly cotton materials, feather pillows, and threw away all cleaning products and only used vinegar, baking soda and water to clean. I stopped using make-up and only used a natural soap to clean my face. Literally within 2 months almost all my symptoms disappeared!
I still struggled with chronic constipation and seasonal allergies for years. Over time, and with many different alternative providers, I learned alternative ways of cleaning up my food, increasing my green foods, and staying away from certain foods could, and would, provide a relief from the constipation and allergies.
Fast Forward Again!
Fast forward again, I have raised two lovely daughters, returned to college and finished two degrees, and slowly began to slack off the things I knew I should be doing.
As we so often do, we get comfortable and slowly begin follow the easy path which is fast-food, packaged foods, commercially raised foods, inexpensive personal products, harsh cleaning chemicals, yadda yadda yadda.
I began to have symptoms again,
it was a beautiful day in the North Carolina mountains, I was on a hike and began to have vertigo. It was persistent and I was in very good physical shape so it did not make any sense.
My labs revealed elevated Antinuclear Antibodies (ANA), an inflammatory marker that is used to diagnose autoimmune disease. I was given an appointment for a rheumatologist 3 months later.
I kicked back into survival mode and completely cleaned up everything again. I even exchanged the few medications I was taking for essential oil blends! By the time, I saw the endocrinologist my ANA labs were back within normal limits.
I am not saying this can work for everyone, however, I have heard story after story of people changing the course of their lives by changing their diet, environment and managing stress.
This intrigued me. I am a nurse and I became very curious about ways to treat disease, along beside doctors, to help improve outcomes. I eventually found the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and never looked back. I have learned a new way of looking at health, balancing all areas of my life, growing in ways I never dreamed of and finding peace and joy I did not think possible.
Have all my ailments completely gone away? Mostly but not entirely. It took a life time to get to this point, so it will take some time to heal. However, my ANA remains within normal limits and is even lower, I manage my IBS with chronic constipation very well, my allergies are amazingly better, and I honestly rarely get sick! It has been an amazing journey and it is not over yet!
Health and Happiness,