Conversations about health have always been a part of my life. Starting at a very young age, I was plagued with several medical issues that my life seemed to revolve around – asthma, allergies, eczema, chronic bouts of bronchitis and sinusitis, chronic fatigue, seizures – the list goes on. I was regularly medicated, but the feeling of true wellness was rare in my experience.
In college, I got worse – on top of my existing list of medical conditions, I was developing even more allergies as well as digestive issues. I gained 15 pounds, developed more acne and eczema outbursts than I had ever experienced in my life, and was constantly in and out of the doctor’s office.
Things just seemed to be getting worse, but I had no idea what to do about it. By the time I hit my sophomore year, I was the unhealthiest I had ever been, and I was extremely disillusioned with Western medicine.
In my junior year of college, I met a Functional Nutritionist – and for the first time, I began getting answers about my chronic illnesses. My eyes were opened to the idea that food could actually heal my body – so I began to experiment with elimination diets, detox routines, and supplements.
And so began my journey towards better health.
It’s been quite the journey, but I am proud to say that I am now the healthiest I have ever been in my life. My long list of medical issues has, slowly but surely, dwindled down. I am more hopeful now than ever that the remaining issues I have will completely disappear.
It’s important to note that I do not discredit Western medicine – I fully recognize its value and contribution in treating acute disease and improving societies and quality of life. In fact, I probably wouldn’t have survived on several occasions had I not had access to asthma medication. I still go to the doctor and will continue to do so as I need.
I do, however, think it would be a disservice to ignore the evidence that exists to back up the healing power of food. I also believe it’s possible that a healthy diet and a healthy heart can limit the number of doctor’s office visits necessary in your lifetime.
I am excited about my healing story and hope that it inspires you, but I also want to emphasize that it isn’t over. Wellness is a journey, not a destination. My hope for you is that you embrace your own beautiful, crazy, unique journey – and that your whole being is healed along the way.