I restarted this post numerous times with sassy sayings to make it entertaining from the get go, but the truth is, this shit ain’t funny. Today I visited my doctor for my first follow up since my initial blood work 6 months ago. I will rewind and recap since I was not e-journalling back in October. In 2009 I began my health journey, I have seen a number of doctors, both holistic and Western practices. I have worked with a therapist for almost 6 years and with a psychiatrist on-and-off. All with one goal… to “label” and treat my mind and body. Over time I had experienced severe weight fluctuation, thank goodness for my height and that it mostly went to my breast, but certainly never fun on the wardrobe. Other symptoms were intense brain fog, poor memory, lower back pain, body aches and tingling, then came the panic attacks. Once you have a full blown panic attack, throwing around the phrase “I’m Panicking” quickly comes to a hault. The feeling of an attack as it creeps up, taking control over your body is something I will never forget. Anyone whom thinks they may be experience panic attacks I encourage you to stop seeking medication and look closely at your diet and your relationship with the Lord. 1 Corinthians 14:7 For God is not a God of confusion, but of peace. October 2016 I was introduced to Dr. Rice at Living Well Health Clinic who studied at Baylor Medical School yet opted to first strengthen his patiences the holistic route. Cleaning up their diet and adding supplements where extra help was needed. Among many goals, the big kahuna goal was to solve my symptoms prescription free. Dr. Rice ordered extensive lab work to review A L L my internal goodies and the test came back with a big ol’ D U H.
Come to find out my body was not the real issue here. It was what I was putting inside of my body. Yes, do to much family history, thanks Dad, I was more sensitive in certain areas like grains, glucose and soy; but the majority of my body was freaking out because of the excessive amount of junk society says it is totally legit to consume. If you know me you are probably rolling your eyes because I tend to eat fairly healthy so let me break it down for you based on what I learned.
- KNOW WHAT YOUR BODY CAN HANDLE
- STAY AWAY FROM THE SNEAKY ADD INS
- PORTION AWARENESS
Pause for your eye roll, because like duh. These are the oldest known health guidelines in the book. Now ask yourself… how you doin’? I was not doing too hot. I was doing mildly ok. I want to be smokinnnnnn baby! On Fire!!!
I truly believe that every single detail in life happens for a reason. I have a compassionate heart for health issues, which is a frequent, sensitive subject during intimate moments with my clients. I am grateful to be experiencing this health battle and leaning on the Lord who is bringing beauty out of my mistakes. When I found Dr.Rice I was at rock bottom. It felt appropriate to e-journal about this topic, aside from being passionate and on board with what Dr. Rice practices, it is also because I had my 6 month follow up today. He might not say I failed, as there were lots of positives in the lab results, but some of the symptoms and old habits where still active in my every day life. Tomorrow I embark on a 28 day cleanse. Personally I will be keeping a daily journal of the experience for my nutritionist, she is fab and partners with Dr. Rice, but I will also be chiming in here. I have done self proclaimed cleanses in the past, everyone remembers that Beyonce cleanse she did for the movie Dream Girls, oh honey lemon water and syrup for D A Y S. Which after many moons of maturity I realize can not be healthy. HA! My goal by e-journaling about this is to track how simple or difficult it is to be 26 living a single life in Dallas, Texas and respecting what your body can process. Also, sharing how I get through the frustrations, what the triggers are and the changes I feel.
My nutritionist had me answer a question before I begin my cleanse:
I chose to start the Clear Change cleanse because… I want to respect what my body is telling me. I am not at my strongest place and I am ready to ACTUALLY be ready to take on more both personally and professionally. Our actions are fully responsive to our physical and mental health which all directly correlates to what we consume. I want to respect the temple of my body and purify it of all toxins that where not created by The Father. I want to relearn how much my body should be consuming. Lastly, my relationship with food should be about strength and nourishment, not habit.
During this time when I start to feel hangry, over whelmed, stressed, those feelings shall alert me of my needs for the Lord’s strength. 2 Corinthians 12:10 “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefor I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.