What problem(s) were you facing and how did it make you feel?
Five years ago my health was in a bad place. I was depressed, anxious, lethargic, my hair was thin, I had skin issues, dry eyes among a myriad of seeming unrelated symptoms. I bounced from doctor to doctor, all of whom told me either that I was fine or that there was nothing that they could do to help. I felt lonely, afraid and worried for my future. If this was my life at 23 - what would 30, 40 or even 70 look like? I knew I had to act...
What did you discover that started to help?
I'm am incredibly grateful for the internet. Without it, my health would most likely still be in a poor place. A simple Google search turned out Dr Terry Wahls Iowa TED X talk, documenting her miraculous recovery from secondary progressive multiple sclerosis. The further I dug into her story, the more I understood that the principles which brought her back to good health could be applied to anyone. It wasn't until this moment that I realized that I already had the power to reclaim my own health - all I had to do was apply the principles of a Nutrition, Lifestyle and Mindset to my life!
What happened to you after you started these new actions?
I researched many healing protocols and after careful deliberation I decided to push forward with the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol. It made the most sense to me, a number of the symptoms I was exhibiting were autoimmune in nature and I knew intuitively I had to calm/reset my immune system. The results were profound, after a few weeks my symptoms stopped progressing (the very first time this occurred since they began), after a year they started retreating and three years, I was healthy enough to start running again, go to the gym five times a week, launch my website (The Paleo PI) and work a full time job. Four years later I felt healthy enough to pack up my life and move to Washington DC from Australia and five years later, I'm healthier than I have been for a decade. It's been profound! My goals, dreams and ambitions are not only back on the radar, I'm pursuing them and achieving them.
What wisdom do you want to share for people with similar problems? : Nutrition, Lifestyle and Mindset works. Great health is as simple as watching what you put in your mouth (plenty of vegetables, some fruit here and there, seafood, nuts, seeds, grass fed/pasture raised meats), your lifestyle (the amount of sleep you get, time outdoors, sunshine, time with friends and family, the media you consume, your stress levels, etc.) and your mindset (are your thoughts empowering and positive or do you talk down to yourself, your spirituality and your beliefs).
For more check out my guest post on the Paleo Mom