"To heal is to make happy." - A Course in Miracles
There was a time that I truly felt miserable - I was living in my hometown after college, away from my boyfriend, and working in my nursing career at the time. I remember coming home to my mom one day (I was living with my parents at the time), collapsing on the floor and just sobbing...
Looking back, it doesn't surprise me that this was the year my health really took a downward spiral.
Don't get me wrong, I am so grateful for everything I have in my life - and I was lucky to have a job as a cardiac nurse and a place to call home, BUT I was definitely depressed.
My actions did not align with my values. My thoughts were destroying me from the inside out. I knew I didn't belong there, I knew I was out of place, I was lost. I didn't know where to turn, what to do with my life, what my purpose was. How did I stray so far from what I really wanted? What happened to me? Why am I crying all the time?
I used to be so happy, where did I go wrong?
These self sabotaging thoughts took over and made me even more sad. I drowned myself in them for a long time. Until something came over me - this idea that I had the power to create my life.
I don't know where it came from, perhaps from the yoga I did every day after long shifts at the hospital or maybe from playing music, but something gave me the courage to step back and say wait a minute - I can change this. I can go wherever I want to go and be whatever I want to be. I can decide. I can choose to be happy.
For me this meant leaving my nursing career, pursuing my love for yoga and holistic health, moving back to the New Hampshire seacoast, moving in with my Joe, and implementing a spiritual practice. It meant fueling my body with healing foods and drinks, but also fueling my mind with healing thoughts. Yes, it was scary to up and leave a career I had worked years to make it to, for a job as a waitress that barely put me through a yoga teacher training - but I knew deep down, for my own health, it was what I had to do.
In Mind Over Medicine, one of my all-time favorite books, Lissa Rankin M.D. states,
"When aspects of our lives are unhealthy, stress responses are triggered, and the body starts to speak to us in whispers. If we listen to the whispers, tap into the truth of what the body is telling us, and make changes that reduce stress-responses and elicit relaxation responses, we can prevent the whispers from escalating into full-blown diseases."
I tell you this to show you that it's not just all about drinking green juice and exercising... It is just as important to make positive lifestyle changes that bring you relaxation and JOY to fully allow your body to heal.
It wasn't until I made these changes and started to LISTEN to my body that I truly started to feel like myself again, despite all the juicing and yoga I was doing.
For a while I was trying zany diets that were extreme and even harmful to my body in an attempt to heal my digestive issues and systemic inflammation, but it was honestly when I said, "Screw it! I am just going to listen to what my body wants and eat THAT," that I started feeling good again!
This is what holistic health is all about, and why I made this my life's work.
I want to help you find yourself again, beyond all the symptoms and frustration - I want to help you nourish your life.
GO WITH YOUR GUT is the group health coaching program I created, all about healing your body from the inside out. The beauty of my coaching is you will not only learn about the importance of gut-health and gut-healing foods, but also how to heal your body with lifestyle and mindset shifts.
If you want to reclaim your health, and your life. Then this program is for you.
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Peace and happy bellies to all,
"There is no illness of the body apart from the mind." - Socrates