I would love to share with all of you today what the magic formula to wellness is, but I can’t. The truth is, the secret to healing your body is to listen to yourself. Yes, this sounds easy peasy right? Sadly, it is a long and, not so simple, process.
Is there a secret formula to wellness?
I really do not think it was the diets themselves, but the restrictive nature of each lifestyle that was holding me back. I am a foodie and crave variety in my diet. I also found that eating too low carb stressed my adrenals out way too much and hindered the healing process. Don’t get me wrong, there are definitely foods that are off limits for me. However, through experimentation, I have let me body tell me what I can and cannot eat. I am eating a variety of foods, including lean proteins and even a little bit of grains. I did need to give up caffeine and wine for a while, but I am starting to reintroduce both in small amounts. I will likely have to cut back to a glass of red wine a week versus a glass a night. Okay, I am exaggerating a bit but I do like my wine!
While there is no one size fits all, I am fairly confident that everyone would benefit from some of the practices that I have incorporated into my daily life. These practices have been extremely helpful in my healing process. Here are a few things that have worked for me:
I do a lot of personal development through both books and podcasts. So many of the individuals that I follow, have been talking about their experiences with meditation for a while now. Prior to my diagnosis, I tried meditation but just could not get into it. It is really difficult for a Type A, high-strung momma to shut her brain off, even if it is only for a few minutes a day!
I was desperate to start feeling better and decided one day to commit to a morning meditation session each morning for a week. This practice was life changing and that is not an exaggeration. I plan on writing more about this practice in future posts. For now, I encourage all of you to give this practice a try. I am definitely more grounded, energized and focused after my ritual and do not get as stressed during the day. I utilized a variety of resources, but the Calm app is a good place to start.
Guys, I have tried yoga in the past and absolutely hated it. I could never get my breathing right and fell over countless times. However, I had to take a break from running for a while and strength training was too hard on my body in the early stages of healing. I decided to try yoga again and fell in love. The stretching, breathing and centering exercises are just what my body craves to release stress and tension and gets my mind ready to take on a new day.
Being a working mom, I struggle with getting to a yoga studio. However, I have discovered both Brett Larkin and Boho Beautiful and I alternate between the two. If I have had a really stressful day, I will add an evening routine as well. I never thought I would become a yogi, but here I am announcing my love of yoga with the virtual world.
Since I have been into wellness trends for a while, I have known about dry brushing but had never given it a try. My functional medicine doctor had suggested this practice as a way to detox my body. This is another practice I have fallen in love with and continue to incorporate into my morning routine. My skin is smoother and healthier and I no longer have the rashes on my arms and legs that I had when I was first diagnosed with my autoimmune diseases.
For most of my life, I have struggled with my self-worth. I have always been a perfectionist as a child and carried that into adulthood. If something did not go according to plan, it was as if the world was coming to an end. If I failed at something, it was even worse.
Over the last couple of months, I have focused on changing my mindset and defining what success really means to me. This change is a work in progress and I still find myself going back to my “old ways” from time to time. In these instances, my body goes back into hyper mode and sends me signals to slow down. This time around, I listen!!!
Letting go is another area I plan to spend some more time writing about. I truthfully believe that if I had done a better job with my mindset in my 20s and early 30s, I would not be in the situation that I am in today. Sadly, I see many close to me going down the same road.