What's helped me and why I'm feeling the best I've ever felt.
I thought this week's blog post should be a bit more personal and an insight into my life with what's currently happening. As you would have seen if you've read my 'About Me' section of this website, around 3 months ago I was diagnosed with a Pulmonary Embolism (blood clot in the lung - also called a PE). About a week after the diagnosis, after moping and having 'poor me' syndrome, something inside me clicked. This happened for a reason, just like everything does. At the time I was unaware why it still happened, but 3 months after as I'm writing this, I know exactly why it happened. To show me that health and living a healthy lifestyle is the most important thing you can do. After all, you only have one body and one lifetime on this planet, right? If it weren't for getting the blood clot, I never would have started this blog, I never would have wanted to become as healthy as I am now, and I wouldn't have wanted to share it all and help others along the way. A lot can change in a span of 3 months, and in this blog I'm going to share what I changed and hopefully it inspires you too.
Healthy eating habits.
I like to say eating habits rather than 'diet' as I wouldn't call what I do strict or set in place. I've only recently changed to something I call 'flexitarian', strange I know but this is an actual word and the majority of people eat this way without even knowing! Essentially, I eat 3 main meals a day, with 2 of them either being vegan or vegetarian and one with meat ( with a crazy amount of snacks of course - I'm the biggest snackaholic). Majority of my eating is plant based, gluten free and dairy free as you guys know. I've found this works better for me personally, mainly because I'm gluten and lactose intolerant but also because of the amazing benefits! My focus, energy and overall mental clarity has improved. In saying this though, I also like to intuitively eat. This means I have no 'set' time of eating and eat however much and when I'm hungry. Not having those barriers or negative connotations toward food has made me enjoy what I'm eating a whole lot more.
Going ALL natural.
That's right. I stopped the medication (blood thinners) I was given from the doctors. A little bit crazy, and quite honestly dangerous, but boy am I glad I did! With harsh chemical medication, comes a lot of nasty side effects. Some of mine included painful stomach ulcers, SUPER long periods sometimes lasting 14 days, hair loss and fatigue. Since I was on blood thinners a lot of my side effects also included easy bruising, uncontrollable bleeding (shaving my legs was not a fun time), anaemia and swelling. I think what made my decision to change to natural alternatives was when I was having a really bad day. I got back from the doctors with another prescription of tablets to combat yet another side effect of the blood thinners. I remember my dad saying "I want the old Gené back". It hit me, that yes the blood clot was diminishing, but at the same time I was making myself worse with all the added medication. My immune system was shot and not tablet could fix that.
I researched natural alternatives, and that's when I made the decision to go to a renowned naturopath (that's also what sparked me to actually study naturopathy). I quite literally went cold turkey, and within a week I was off all chemical medication and onto natural eating and herb mixtures. Along with starting the healthy habits I mentioned earlier, I was feeling the best I've ever felt. Now I'm not saying that if you're on medication to go for a natural alternative like I did. I'm just sharing my experience, and I totally believe that mainstream medicine has it's place.
Mental health is as important as physical health.
I've also made a drastic change to my mental health. I have started to meditate, journal and practice mindfulness everyday as you guys know. I think this has been the biggest change, connecting with my higher self and having a more positive outlook on my life. I've remembered to give myself credit - I have spoken about this a lot through my other blog posts. It's okay to not be okay at times, and don't feel guilty for being selfish when you need to be. The bad/ hard times I've had to face I now like to think of as my resilience for life.
I hope these few topics will help you, and show you that bad times and challenging times do pass. I also want to thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart, for supporting and watching my health journey and for allowing me to share this big part of my life with you.
Lots of love,