2008 when I came home from living in St. Thomas, I was feeling pretty yucky. I was sleepy, sluggish, sick, and mostly uncomfortable in my own skin. So I did a cleanse that was my first step in the journey I've taken for my wellness.
I grew up in a fairly health conscious home, I know this because I remember the day I asked my mom why we couldn't ever just make a box mix cake. I also know this because there were veggies in every meal. But the journey my parents introduced to me could only take me so far before I become responsible for my own wellness. So my responsible first step was to try the Candida cleanse with my parents (thanks guys!) In a short, I ate no sugar, no yeast, no vinegar, no processed foods, no dairy, or caffeine. We ate a ton of fresh food for 30 days. (Fun fact: I met Cale during this exact same time, day 15, he was eating Taco Bell and chocolate covered pretzels and I was incredibly jealous.) I also started going to the gym. At the end of this process I felt empowered, strong, and alive, a feeling I will never forget.
Wellness is a HUGE category. It's journey is different for everyone. So the things I will share with you about my journey are not to be taken as the RIGHT WAY. What I am doing is just what seems to work for me at this current time in my life.
Here are some steps I've taken since that first 30 day cleanse.
- Being more conscious of what I eat, add more veggies (went through a small vegan phase, wasn't for me but totally glad I tried it!)
- Starting yoga.
- Seeing a professional councilor.
- Starting meditation.
- Becoming more conscious about what I put on my skin as it's the biggest organ of my body.
- Becoming even MORE conscious about what I put on my skin, aka making my own products.
- Using essential oils to support my emotional constitution.
- Using essential oils to support my hormones.
- Reading. Learning. Trying. Trying again. Asking my homeopath. Trying again. Reading. Learning.
- Cleansing my body more than once.
- Using essential oils, herbs, flower essences, and homeopathy to support my health as opposed to suppressing it with over-the-counter-meds.
- Consume less. TV, internet, stuff.
To me, all of these things are connected and just so you know its been almost 10 years of me doing these things. Yes, I still eat cheese, wrote a blog about it. Yes, I love a good donut. Yes, I take Dramamine and NyQuil in emergencies. Yes, I eat pizza for lunch and dinner. Yes, I binge watch TV (hello Lost.) NO, I am NOT perfect. I believe that wellness is fluid not fixed. It's not a one time, pop-a-pill, magic experience. Like all great things, it is a commitment and takes TIME. I'm not extreme, I like to still enjoy life but being aware of my well-being has given me more insight of the repercussions of how I eat, sleep, drink, think, act, and live. When I choose to do what makes me feel most "well" I have energy, inspiration, drive. I feel empowered every day because I know the choices I make affect my whole-being, mind, body and spirit.