My personal journey to wellness

My personal journey to wellness started with loving myself as I am.
The amazing metal sculpture is by Larry Morse, a stone carver.

Hi Fabulous Friends,

I wanted to share a bit about my own journey to wellness.

I am very excited that this time between jobs has allowed me to learn so much more about health.

When I think back to over three years ago, I was on medication that included one pill for allergies, one pill for asthma, a daily coated aspirin, a nasal spray, an allergy shot and usually two to three rounds of antibiotics for sinus infections.  Oh and an advil at least once a week for my head aches.  I was also 44 pounds heavier, never worked out and was tired all the time,  I had trouble sleeping as my legs were cramping and waking me up all night,  Upon reflection, I was not in good health.

Over the last 18 months I have changed by diet to be more clean. I started to follow the Eat Clean Diet 11 months ago I added fitness after reading Younger Next Year, 8 months ago I added yoga and pilates.  Apparently it is 90% diet, 10% exercise to get to a healthy weight.  But I needed to learn more about food and its impact.  I jumped on the organic approach once I understood the impact chemicals have on your food and how it builds up toxics that get stored in your fat cells.  I read books (we have a great library here) on changing your brain, longevity, health, detox, quantum wellness and cancer, MS, arthritis fighting books.  I learned that the formula to health is diet, exercise, a positive attitude, gratefulness, meditation and loving yourself.  Still I wanted to learn more.  I watched videos on experts speaking about health.  I knew I was ready to start to make changes.

In the last three months I have been reducing many foods in my diet that cause allergies and inflammation. In April 2012, I started 21 day a cleanse inspired by Kris Carr that was a total vegan diet ( no eggs, dairy, meat, cheese, coffee, booze, wheat, sugar or processed foods).  I had at least 9 cups of veggies and fruit everyday and started each day with home-made green juice (celery, kale, parsley, carrot, pear, ginger, spinach, cucumber in my juicer).  Every seventh day I fasted on just green juice.  During this 21 day cleanse, I attend several conferences and speaker sessions with David Wolfe, The Institute of Classical Yoga,  and Julie Daniluk.  At first it was hard to do, but each day I felt better, my nasal passages started to clear.  At times you feel headaches as your body is getting rid of toxins.

On day 19 of the cleanse I had balsamic vinegar and a rotten avocado.   Balsamic vinegar is not on the program and you are to ensure your fruit is fresh.  I thought the vinegar would not make a difference and I ate my avocado thinking it tasted funny.  My son told me he did not eat his half as it was bad.  I thought it was my taste buds. I felt fine and went to bed as normal.  I woke up with a swollen tummy, and all the allergy signs I used to have – headaches, brain fog, clogged nose, water sounds in my ear plus ear ache along with aches in my body and exhaustion.  I drank 2 litres of water and still felt crappy.  Once I had my green juice, my nose cleaned.  Within 30 minutes my ear cleared up and my energy was restored.  Wow the power of healing food.  At that moment I knew I had to really make this approach to eating my new life style.

I increased my education on foods that cause inflammation and allergic reactions.  I continued the restricted approach to my food intake for 5 more weeks and have made it an allergy elimination program.  At the end of the 5 weeks I will spend another 12 weeks adding back food groups to see which one I react to so I know to avoid it in the future.  Not all food allergies happen immediately.  In fact, 80% of food allergies show up with the symptoms I experienced within 2 to 72 hours after eating.  After 8 weeks I am already off all my allergy meds with the exception of my allergy shot and the antihistamine I take the night before to ensure I do not have a major reaction to the shot. I have not needed any pain relief either.

When I look to the future, I am so excited.  I feel amazing, my brain is clear and is able to learn so much quicker which is great as I still have so much to learn.  And during the course of my journey I have loved myself with positive affirmations daily.

My approach is the best way to get to where you want to be, is to start.

Today I Start!

Hugs to all of you as you begin your path to wellness.

Jo, your 9CupChallenge partner

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