Happy new year! As you can see from my banner above, I focus on being in health. Today, let’s talk about various ways we can live (more) healthfully. Let’s make this a Healthy New Year!
Healing the Body
If you’ve read my “About” page, you know that I’ve dealt with health problems all my life. Because of this, living in a healthful way is so important to me. Yet, for many years, I followed the path of western, allopathic medicine. I had a medicine cabinet full of prescription drugs. I gave an uncommitted nod to alternative therapies like chiropractic, herbs and essential oils, yet I continued to be unhealthy. It wasn’t until 2015 that I became committed to becoming healthy. The reason is that I want to grow stronger as I grow older, not weaker. Here’s my journey so far:
My journey started in January 2015 when I started using Young Living Essential Oils instead of the cheap, generic essential oils I had been using. I fell in love immediately and couldn’t wait to try more and more of them. My body started detoxing (in the form of a rash) in April as I continued to use the oils. Yay! The bad stuff was starting to get out of me!
Eliminating Household Toxins
During the summer of 2015, I learned how many of the products in my home were causing illness for me. I became determined to rid my home of these toxins. This is still a work in progress. I’m following my own advice and replacing 3 products each month with non-toxic products. I’m so happy when I get to throw out the bad stuff!
Changing the Way I Eat
Finally, in the fall, I started The Secret Detox, a program that guides you through making changes in your diet to become healthier. I learned what foods I needed to stop eating (gluten, dairy, GMO’s, sugar, etc.) and what foods I needed to include in my diet (super food smoothies, bone broth, 100% grass fed beef, avocadoes, etc.).
The rash I had experienced when detoxing via the essential oils returned when I started this program. While uncomfortable, I knew it was a sign that the inflammation that had once been inside my body was coming out. I am now rash-free. Not everyone experiences a rash with either essential oils or the detox program. It is simply the way my body choose to deal with detoxification. Your mileage may vary.
I’ve been absolutely loving the food I’m eating now. I found that once I was no longer addicted to sugar, I actually enjoyed the taste of “real” food. I also eat less because my cells are receiving nourishment and aren’t constantly crying out to be fed.
Bonus: my husband is now following the program and several of my friends are, as well. Extra bonus: I’ve lost 18 pounds!
I learned this week that I have severe Leaky Gut Syndrome, most likely caused by years of prescription steriods for asthma and antibiotics. I am embarking on a program to heal that. I’ll keep you posted.
Healing the Soul
Wise King Solomon said in Proverbs 4:23 to “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” When we have issues (like unforgiveness, rejection, fear, lack of faith, etc.) in our hearts (the seat of our souls), the course of our life is affected negatively. It’s very hard to root out these issues, especially if we’re not aware of them.
Learn more in my new book, Be in Health: Bible-Based Health Restoration: Living in Harmony with God’s Ways Regarding Health. Available now.