My personal path and experiences may be familiar.
I had been traveling in the topics of South America and I was happy when I returned home to Texas. But I didn’t feel well. I had severe intestinal pain. After medical testing, I was told firmly and with complete confidence by a doctor that there was nothing wrong with me.
I took the phrase “nothing wrong” to mean “nothing to complain about” so I soldiered on and went about my life, becoming a nurse and an acupuncturist. Years passed.
Then my husband developed high blood pressure. Through my education in Eastern medicine, I had come to understand that the likely cause for hypertension was internal inflammation. I’m embarrassed to say this, but at the time I didn’t really know how extensive and damaging internal inflammation can be. I began to research it. I talked with and consulted a lot of my trusted teachers and heard a lot of buzz about the Paleo diet. This approach required eliminating grains from the diet which seemed a bit extreme, especially since I baked bread regularly and enjoyed it.
But I was willing to try it. And the results were amazing.
Yes, his blood pressure responded but, also, I found relief for my intestinal issues and migraines for the first time in my life. I was not expecting that. It was a happy surprise even if it was 20 years late!
Another surprise, I realized that the best food choices are the most satisfying. “Win/Win”. This set me on a path of appreciation for correct food choices.
Biologically Driven or Philosophically Driven?
Good advice offers proven strategies and should accommodate individual needs and situations,
Unfortunately, it has become acceptable to claim a new diet has the support of research even when that “research” is misleading or flawed. There are many reasons research may be skewed:
- Self-interest of the funding organization.
- Agendas that are politically driven (go figure).
- Interpretations based on long-standing beliefs or social myths.
We live in a difficult time.
We don't have to be told we live in a difficult time. That is obvious. We need to use judgment, trust only reliable authorities, and proceed with attention to our own body's needs and responses. Going along with the crowd can be a dangerous path.
Why should you trust me?
Why trust me? That is a very good question. I answer with this: My coaching provides guidance and step-by-step instruction, but at every turn I am teaching my clients to listen to their bodies and respond appropriately.
After first studying and graduating as a Primal Health Coach, I have continued and deepened my understanding and education.
In coaching, I use my years of professional experience as a nurse, acupuncturist, and homeopath to:
- draw upon current research from trusted authorities, and share these openly.
- help interpret some of the vague or ambiguous messages from the body.
- teach and clarify simple ways to restore natural good health.
We all need guidance to develop and trust our native wisdom. That is why I work as a coach. I use my perspectives and experiences to help folks chart a path that leads to feeling better and having more energy.
I appreciate feedback and questions so don’t hesitate to speak up in the comments sections at the end of each post. Thank you for your interest.