Falling apart and Building back up! When you hit rock bottom, the only thing to do is build yourself back up. Getting sick and tired of feeling exhausted every day was the first step in my journey. To make a change in your life you need to decide and commit to succeed. I had made the decision long ago once I realized I was sick and tired of being sick all the time. I decided to make a change for myself, my family and my future. It was about making myself the priority and my health my focus. Rock bottom is different for everyone, for me it was severe pain, constant illness, tons of prescription side effects and severe fatigue. I couldn’t function to perform daily tasks without feeling horrible at the end of the day. I started by committing to changing my diet and adding a fitness routine to my life. I knew that many of my health issues had to due with my poor diet and severe digestive problems. Leaky gut had been impacting my body significantly for years and it was finally time to tackle it. Stress and anxiety was controlling the way I responded to the obstacles and struggles. It was time to actively participate in a fitness routine to reduce my stress and anxiety. Slowly my symptoms started to improve and I became more committed to changing my health. I was still suffering from fatigue, digestive issues and chronic pain, so it was time to find out how to treat these issues. One day, the answer fell on my lap and nutrigenomics was the answer. Nutrigenomics is the science of using nutrient rich compounds to impact gene expressions. I learned that activating the Nrf2 pathway helps the body remove toxins and enable the body to heal. The pathway protects the body against oxidative stress and free radical damage. This damage occurs everyday through exposure to food, air, toxins and environment. As a nurse and professor research is very important to me before I begin any treatment. I researched extensively and found that oxidative stress was linked to more than 200 disease including Fibromyalgia, EDS III, Leaky gut, etc. Considering I have all of these and more I decided to commit. After 3 months, my pain was gone and fatigue was improving every day. I was ecstatic with the results and knew that this was the answer to my prayers. I was finally seeing progress and building my body back up. Healing takes time but I was on the right path and I could feel it. As the symptoms disappeared my happy, positive and loving self reemerged. I continued to learn my body and find ways to reduce stress and tension from my body. I began stretching on a regular basis and realized that it helped promote restful sleep, reduced stress and decreased tension in my muscles. My biggest issue at this point was my digestion and severe bloating. I knew I had to tackle that head on with further diet changes and supplementation. I was lucky that the answer fell on my lap once again. I had been taking probiotics for years with little improvement and needed to find a new alternative. Then I learned of a probiotic that supported the immune system and had a protective coating that allowed 80% of the bacteria to colonize the the digestive tract. I was also constantly had low vitamin D levels and poor intake of Omega 3 fatty acids. I knew I had to find a better supplement than the ones I had been taking. Thankfully, my prayers were answered and I found the right Omega 3 that contained vitamin D3. The new plan helped give my body the nutrients and support it needed to continue healing. My positivity flourished and my health was back. I no longer felt like a 60 year old in a 30 year old’s body. I no longer felt exhausted and in pain everyday. My journey was long with many obstacles and struggles but I learned with the right resources and support you can accomplish anything. I learned that a journey to wellness doesn’t have to be so hard. Now, I am dedicating my life to ensuring others don’t have to face this journey alone.
Love your body! The truth is most of us don’t do this. We get stuck listening to the negative voice inside us. The voice torments us and makes us feel ashamed of who we are, how we look or the way we feel. I know first hand, how hard this transition can be. I have struggled with self-esteem my entire life. My friends always ask me, how is it possible, you are so gorgeous, why don’t you see it. The fact is, until you feel it, you won’t believe it, no matter what everyone else tells you. I worked my butt off to heal my body and finally started to feel a gradual improvement in self-esteem over the last 5 years. The fact is if you spend more time focusing on your health by healing your emotional and physical self, things will change and self-esteem comes with it. You will see changes in your physical body, thus improving the way you feel in your own skin. I can tell you the huge self-esteem change happened this year, over the last few months because I got out of my comfort zone. After, 1 year pain free, working on helping myself heal from autoimmune issues, taking time to relax and focus on myself, I was finally able to realize I needed to help others accomplish the same. After I started feeling healthier and happier, my self-esteem started to flourish. I started to truly look at my body as this beautiful gift, I was born with. I started to enjoy dressing up, putting on make-up and seeing the transformation my body had undergone. The true understanding of my beauty, didn’t come from close friends or family, it came from deep inside me but I had to work for it. Once, I started venturing out of my comfort zone, attending BNI meetings and networking happy hours, I realized the impact I had on others. I finally, was able to see what my friends and family had been telling me all along. When I really paid attention to the reactions others made, the complements I received and the way it made me feel, the changes started to happen. I no longer brushed off the complements, I accepted them and thanked those that gave them. I learned to give complements in return. I realized the power of complements and the desire everyone has to feel better about themselves. Over these past months, I have developed friendships with people that I never would have spoken to before. I was so shy and scared to speak to anyone because of my own insecurities and emotional struggles. When I got out of my comfort zone, accepted the complements and felt good in my own skin, my self esteem started to flourish. It allowed me to reflect on my childhood, the relationships from the past that affected my self-esteem and develop strategies to deal with those emotions. By accepting the hurt, developing a plan and actively working to improve my health, the emotional pain and self-esteem issues started to melt away. I share this because I know I am not the only person out there with self-esteem issues. I know that I am not the only person that stopped caring for myself and suffered emotional and physical pain as a result. I realize that sharing is the first step in helping others build up the courage to take on their own healing. A huge part of learning my body was physical but the emotional was just as important. Learning my physical pain, understanding it, feeling it, and learning how to combat it each and every day was the foundation for my emotional battle. By learning, how to relieve my own physical pain and tension, I was finally ready to combat the emotional pain. Emotional pain is hidden and harder to deal with and accept. It takes a real conscious effort to work on emotional struggles and make a change. These battles are easier when you have a coach to guide you through the process, I know that my holistic health coach, guided me through this final phase of healing. If it wasn’t for her, I would not have truly understand the reasons why I was so shy, why I had trouble speaking to others, and why I felt my voice was not important. This emotional process was difficult and left my voice silent again for almost 2 months, as I continued to learn myself. It was hard to express emotions and write my blog, while I was working on the final transformation. I realize now, that a lot of my physical pain, was caused by my emotional battle. I realize that holding in my emotions and not speaking my voice, caused my illness and pain. Now, 2 months later, I realize that it was the final step in my healing. I learned that self-esteem is impacted by your body and mind. I realized, that my voice is important, that my story is powerful, and I can help others heal. The power is in the journey, the connections and guidance you receive in the healing process. I am here to help others accomplish their desires and goals by helping them cherish, love and appreciate their bodies: mind, body and soul. I am here to help you find your self-esteem and keep it. I want you to know that you don’t have to struggle through this alone. There are plenty of people out there waiting to help you. I just happen to be someone that experienced it first hand, I am here to guide you through the journey, if you are ready to take the step.
What is a clean slate? It’s is a fresh start to finding your younger self. It’s trapped inside you waiting to emerge again. My health crisis has me feeling exhausted, fatigued and filled with pain. Through holistic healing I found so many possibilities. These are all new feeling and accomplishments for me:
- The love for nature and appreciation of the little moments with family.
- The drive and motivation to accomplish more and maintain health.
- The knowledge that you deserve to care for your health too.
- The feeling of accomplishment and happiness after a long stress filled day.
- The ability to care for everyone you love and yourself at the same time.
- Accomplishing your hope for a better way to feel and live.
- Energy and motivation to jump out of bed and seize the day.
- The freedom of pain to accomplish fitness in ways you never thought was possible.
- Flexibility to improve the circulation of your entire body.
- Savoring the healthy nutrient-rich foods you eat while your body reaps the benefits.
- The relief that your children don’t have to worry about you being sick or caring for you through a health crisis.
- Love for life and enjoying the beauty around you
- Reconnecting with your loved one and igniting the fire for passion.
These are only a few of the changes I made when I took a leap for a Clean Slate. The possibilities are endless. You can achieve more than you think. Let me help you BELIEVE!