Guest post by Amanda Moore from The Savoury Soul
I was 29 years old when I finally realized that maybe my severe adult acne, fluctuating weight, and regular lethargy wasn’t the result of a cruel higher power punishing me for years of abusing my body but actually had to do more with what I put in it.
Right after my 29th birthday I had reached my breaking point. Something was terribly wrong and I sought out the advice of a naturopath for help.
What resulted from that was a severe case of Candida, a serious potato allergy and hidden gluten intolerance that were wreaking havoc on my body, inside and out.
She put me on a serious Candida cleanse which actually wasn’t so bad (after the die off stage) and I immediately lost ten pounds, gained an exuberant amount of energy (after the die off stage) and was free of every single last pimple and cystic acne mark.
I felt freer in my new skin and went about life feeling empowered, as if I could eat this way forever.
Shortly after my two month Candida cleanse finished I left on a two week trip to Taiwan and become lax on my diet no-no’s, embracing this newfound cultures fine delicacies. I mean, when in Rome…
After two weeks I realized that something wasn’t feeling right and once I landed on familiar soil I rejoined the crusade against gluten, let go of my daily potato habit (Taiwanese eat lots of potatoes!), and took my health series once again.
However, while in Taiwan I decided that I was going to move there, needing to have this big adventure before I turned 30, and three weeks later I was landing on foreign soil once again…for good. Well, for the foreseeable future that is.
This time around I had a plan. I knew I was going to be living in an apartment and I’d have a kitchen and I could shop and cook for myself and I’d be smart when I did go out to eat.
The problem with this was that every menu, for the most part, was in Mandarin and I didn’t read or speak it so I had no idea what was in most of the items on the menu and ended up once again becoming overwhelmed lax on my diet.
About 9 months later I moved back home to Seattle and was ready to recommit and put my health first. I ate clean, ditched the gluten, and again said good-bye to my beloved potato friend and started to feel great.
Then I rekindled a romance with my future husband who also happened to be a classically trained chef and all hell broke loose once again and with it came the acne, ten pounds and a series belly ache.
So what finally gave?
It was about the time that we were trying to get pregnant when something finally clicked and I realized how important it was for me to treat my body like the temple it truly was. How could I ever create the space to grow something inside of me when I wasn’t taking my health seriously? What I realized was I needed to face the fears that I had created around giving up these so called culinary goodies. I hear so many clients say ‘oh I could never give up my bread’ or ‘man; I could never give up this!’
Here is the thing, true, it can be overwhelming at first but once you take them out of your diet you start to realize what normal homeostasis feels like. You start to recognize what your normal actually is.
We are conditioned to believe that it’s normal to have these ailments, aches and pains. That we can just pop a pill and feel like new again. However, what we should be doing is making the realization that we aren’t losing something but rather gaining something; our health, vitality and a life of less suffering and pain.
We are choosing ourselves over the convenience of eating a certain way and that in itself is a gift.
There are so many resources out there, on the internet, your naturopath, a health coach that can help guide you in the right direction and add a support system that is so important when making changes.
So, dear readers, I encourage you to listen to your body. Ask yourself what’s considered normal and what feels off and then seek out professional help, preferably someone who will treat you holistically and not with another pill, and start to embrace what it means to really be healthy!
Amanda is a health + wellness + life coach, blogger, and yoga teacher on a mission to help people build their best lives. Through doing the powerful work of letting go of limiting beliefs, busting through fears and learning to love ourselves deeply we can all build the life we’ve always wanted and live our wildest dreams! Through carefully crafted one-on-one or group coaching sessions, Amanda empowers her clients to reach big, dig deep, dissolve what’s holding them back and live their best life imaginable.
You can find Amanda at The Savoury Soul, where she shares her passion for self-love, self-exploration, vegan cooking and lifestyle and living a glowing, radiant life, inside and out. Follow her on facebook, twitter, pinterest and Instagram
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