Eight months ago my weight was up (a lot) and my energy and self-esteem were down. Stress from my family moving across the country and my future career planning was causing my body to be physically inflamed and my health was suffering too. I started getting daily debilitating headaches and had absolutely no energy. I felt as if I was stuck in a fog, watching my day’s pass by; counting down the hours until I could go home, Netflix binge and nap. As westernized medicine usually calls for they ran countless blood tests, a brain scan and even had me see a sleep specialist. After three months of testing and a few massive hospital bills later, I had left with nothing more than a script for Imitrex, meant to control not solve my problems.
I knew I had to do something, so I started rummaging through my integrative resources looking for ways I could get to the bottom of what was really causing my unbearable headaches. I was determined to take better care of my mind, my body and to take back control of my health. Like many others, I decided to start out 2016 with a new year new you resolution, except this year I was determined to my change my lifestyle to one of sustainable health and wellness. I began to slowly incorporate nutritional changes into my diet by eating more protein, anti-inflammatory foods and healthy fats with every meal. I started to see an acupuncturist and took daily supplements for brain, heart and gut health. In February I joined the 90 Day Transformation Challenge at my local Lifetime Fitness and placed third at my clubs location! Five months into my health and wellness journey and I am down 21 pounds and had a 14% change in body fat. I still have a long way to go on my health journey, but the most important thing for me is I got my health back. It has been four months since I’ve had a headache, medicine free, and my body is no longer inflamed on the inside or out. I wanted to share my story (and embarrassing before photos) to show you that I am proof that you are in control of your own wellbeing. Whether your health is declining, you want to lose weight or just become an overall healthier person food is medicine. All you need is the right knowledge, resources and discipline to take control of your health and make the necessary and amazing lifestyle changes.