My path to wellness began at age 24 when I hit rock bottom in spectacular fashion. Though I’ve completely turned my life around since then, after spending nearly a quarter of a century trashing my body, I’m still paying the price.
I don’t regret anything about my actions back then — I believe everything happens for a reason — but to this day, I am still undoing the work from the years of torture I put my body through (think: junk food, antibiotics, the pill, alcohol and drugs, just to name a few). But as I sit here and write this, I realise now more than ever that health is a journey, not a destination. Health is about fine-tuning and continuing to step it up. Just like you would get a car serviced regularly, you constantly have to check in with your body and see how it’s going. Peel back another layer. Go deeper. Clean up more. It’s never ending…
Right now, I am working on healing leaky gut and candida. And yes — sometimes it’s frustrating that I still have health stuff even though I’m so proactive, especially when it manifests as hives and eczema on my skin. In fact, my mum said to me last week, ‘How does the healthiest person I know have leaky gut?!’ Great point! But this is just another layer of health for me. Another opportunity to detox further, clean up more, and go deeper before I even think about bringing a baby into this world. This is my divine responsibility.
If you’ve been hanging out in this neck of the interwebs for a while, you will know food is also heavily linked to our emotions and this wake up call has allowed me to see some areas I was placing too much power in food… yet another important lesson, and another area where I need to be conscious of choosing love over fear.
In fact, our bodies are messengers for all sorts of different lessons. Yet whenever we get any sort of illness or disease — whether it’s as simple as a cough or something more serious — the first thing we usually do is shoot the messenger. Body, you let me down; you’ve done this to me, it’s all your fault. But let’s take a step back here; let’s take some responsibility and quit pointing the finger. No one made you eat that third donut or drink your fifth low fat latte. Nope! You are the one in the driver’s seat, so stop shooting your messenger. I know it’s ‘easier’ to blame others, but your health is a great opportunity to stand up and take responsibility.
When the Universe gives you a little nudge with a warning sign, take note girlfriend!
Don’t wait for the Universe to pull the rug out from under you. Listen to the message and act according. Go see a naturopath or holistic GP, STAT! Do your own research, tune into your body, and listen to its messages. Our bodies are amazing and given half a chance, have the most incredible innate ability to heal and repair.
I used to get really disheartened whenever I felt a niggle in my body, but now I feel empowered. The Universe has said to me, ‘You are ready to go deeper, you are ready for another lesson and to peel back another layer’. This is the perspective I choose to view it from, and it’s made a big difference to my mindset.
(And remember beautiful, when it comes to your perspective, you always have a choice.)
My current health lesson — the leaky gut — has been eye-opening for another reason too. It’s important for all the future mamas out there to know that this stuff is super important because whatever the state your gut is in, you will pass that right onto your bub. So it’s essential to heal your digestive tract before you start thinking about conceiving. My naturopath thinks I’ve got another 1-2 years before I can even think about it. At first, this startled me but to be honest I would rather clean up my guts now than have a child with gut issues for the rest of their life — I’ve had ‘em for decades, and I know how much they suck!
And by the way, don’t think the fellas get off without a mention here. Their gut health matters too. They need to make sure their guts are moving like a well (coconut) oiled machine. So if you are thinking about making a baby, it’s a good idea for you and your lover to work with an experienced naturopath for at least 6 months before you start getting busy in the bedroom. Let’s get you both feeling fabulously healthy so that you can create a vital, bouncing bub!
So tell me gorgeous, are there things you have been ignoring for a while that need your love and attention? Do you need to go inward and listen to your body’s needs? Do you need to do some research to empower yourself? Or book in with a naturopath or holistic GP? Whatever it is, share with me in the comments below. Tell me your next steps to feeling fabulously healthy and bursting with love — I can’t wait to hear them.
As always beautiful, thank you so much for being here and showing up for you. Your dedication to being the best version of yourself inspires me beyond measure. Everything I write and do is for you!