We have two choices: wellness or illness. I choose wellness.

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Hello lovelies!

One source of inspiration behind this blog is my desire to help you pursue and achieve your own wellness. There are so many parts of us that are unhealthy, parts that we aren’t even aware of. Just this week, I’ve discovered, in addition to my lifelong issues, my liver is in a complete toxic overload, I have serious hormone imbalances, and my heart is working overtime to try to keep my systems running. This is serious stuff and I am not alone in my health and wellness concerns. I cannot keep going the way I have been and I know that many of you feel the same way. This post is for those of you who feel frustrated and confused about issues that you should be able to control but can’t.

I’m here to help you regain control.

In this post, I’m going to tell you what I’m doing to improve my own wellness and why I’ve chosen these specific actions. I will share my favorite resources with you. I will tell you how you can figure out what is hindering your health and will also tell you how to find health professionals who can help you heal them. But first, there’s a few things that I have learned I need to share with you.

#1: Know Yourself

The best advice I can give you as you begin is to take the time to understand how you work. How do you react to different methods? What triggers your good and bad moods? Do you need something gentle or something harsh to kick you into gear? In my case, I know myself well enough to know that I cannot go cold turkey. If I cut things out all at once, I will fail. I have to do it gradually. So, the way I’ve decided to do this caters to that need. I also have to work around my sugar addiction, meaning I need to be careful about which foods I allow. I can handle natural sugars, like honey, relatively well. But a single taste of processed sugar and my brain goes nuts.

Whatever it is for you, you need to be aware of it before you create your plan.

#2: Look Before You Leap

Research. This one is obvious but I cannot tell you how many times I’ve decided on a course of action and jumped in headfirst without actually researching and learning about my issues, what they can cause, side effects, what it actually needs to heal… the list goes on. When you learn what conditions are wreaking havoc on your body, study them. Figure out how it is affecting your body and what foods and supplements you might need to combat it. Look into if you need something more intense (like medication), and if you need professional medical help, or if it’s something you can do on your own.

This is a list of my favorite resources. I’ve organized them from most to least helpful (for me) but I encourage you to look into all of them. We’re all different and need different things. Something that helps me may not help you; round out your knowledge!

  1. The Essential Oils Hormone Solution by Dr. Mariza Snyder –> This is my most recent read but my absolute favorite. I’ve known about Dr. Snyder for a few years but have never bought her book. My aunt lent her copy to me and I wish I’d purchased it years ago. In her book, she leads the reader through discovering if they have a hormone imbalance or not and what to do if they have one. She uses doTERRA essential oils (so obviously I’m in love) and includes tons of information about oils, why they work, rollerball and diffuser recipes, as well as lists of which oils to use for what. All of her information is accurate and dependable. I highly recommend starting with this book if you even wonder in the back of your mind if you have a hormone imbalance.
  2. Dr. McCombs Plan –> This plan changed the way I look at my body. It opened the door to healing because it proved that there really is a way out. I will warn you: it is intense. It is a 16-week long program and you have to be ready to tackle it all day every day. Taking even one cheat day ruins all your progress; you have to be committed. But my goodness is it effective. In 16-weeks, I lost 40 pounds, was the least moody I’ve been in my life ( I think I had two bad days total), had no aches or pains, all my brain fog left, and my confidence skyrocketed. I actually felt like my age instead of 20 years older! I’ve never felt so amazing and because of that, I feel the need to shout it from the rooftops. It is possible. If you check it out and are still a bit unsure, I recommend reading his book Lifeforce: A Dynamic Plan for Health, Vitality, and Weight Loss. When I was considering doing this plan, my mom had me read this book first to understand what I was getting myself into. Dr. McCombs explains his plan and the science behind it quite well and I found it helpful. It’s a quick read — you’ll finish it in a day!
  3. Essential Life –> Ah, yes, my beloved oil bible. I love this thing. It has answered so many questions. When you’re trying to figure out your health struggles, I recommend sitting down with this book and spending some time studying which oils support which ailments, what they do, and how to use them. Choose every health concern you know you have and you think you have and gift yourself with a well-rounded understanding of the tools at your disposal. I know that can be intimidating, especially if you’re a newbie to oils, so here’s my email: myhealthyhomelife@gmail.com. We can do it together!
  4. Homeopathic doctor — For those of you who don’t know, a homeopathic doctor is vital for a holistic view of your body. They focus on overall wellness. I know a lot of you are going to be wondering why this one isn’t higher on the list but the fact is that the doctor I went to didn’t do much for my overall progression toward health. He helped me understand why it all happened in the first place (which, at the time, I was in desperate need of) and gave me an idea of what would need to happen. He just wasn’t the kind of doctor that I could click with, feel comfortable with, and really trust and his recommendations didn’t do much for me. However, he completely healed my father-in-law, so it just depends on you. I would say look around your area for homeopathic doctors but don’t feel like you need to stick with the first one you find. Keep going until you’re comfortable. It does matter.

#3: Once You Decide, Just Begin.

I have made this mistake so many times. “Oh, well, Friday isn’t really the best day to start a new diet, I’ll wait until Monday.” “Oh, we have that trip in three weeks, better wait til after.” “I wanted to go out to coffee with a friend” or “I wanted a special date with my husband…I’ll wait.” No. You are not “going on a diet”. Going on a diet implies an end date when everything can go back to normal. That’s not what we’re doing here. We are facing the issues we have been plagued by for years, grabbing them by the horns, and throwing them over the cliff. We are pursuing healing, not temporary relief.

Self-made wellness does not accept excuses! Take it from me: you will never heal if you continue to tell yourself that your life will go on as normal. You can’t. You will never be able to live the same lifestyle again. It is a black and white choice: wellness or illness. If you choose illness, then choose it. If you choose wellness, then choose it. It is your health, your life, and your decision.

Now that we’ve gotten the preliminaries out of the way, let’s talk about what to do next.

How can you figure out what is hindering you in achieving wellness? The first thing to do is to gather your symptoms. Get a piece of paper and a pen and physically write these things down – don’t use a computer. Physically writing triggers more thoughts than typing does and we want as many symptoms as possible to come to mind. Write down anything you think of, no matter how small or insignificant you have always signed it off as. Any aches and pains? Where are they? How often? Have you noticed a trigger? How sharp are they? Do they pulse or are they steady? What about stomach discomfort? Any triggers for those? Headaches? Joint stiffness? What about irregular bowel movements? Literally anything. Add as many details as you can to each one. This will serve you very well.

If you have any inkling of what your root problem could be, write that down as well and any thoughts about it. When you consult your doctor, all this information will be vital in getting the most accurate diagnosis. If you go prepared, they cannot brush you off easily (as many doctors have done to me) nor can your visit rattle you and make you forget important details. You’ll have already answered most of his or her questions!

The next step is to find a doctor.

You can always start with your normal physician and many of you may be more comfortable doing so. In my experience, however, this is not the best course of action. What I have learned about typical doctors is that they are less concerned with a general complete wellness and more concerned with removing the prominent symptoms. In other words, they are inclined to treat the body as separate systems (instead of one) and therefore often miss indications of illness in one part of the body that is affecting another. They also don’t often think of your diet as being the culprit (which, especially in America, is most often the case). I recommend finding a homeopathic doctor that you feel at ease with who is willing to work with you without rushing the process. Find someone you can ask questions of and who is willing to listen.

Finding a doctor can be difficult. The first place I would start is any natural solutions lovers you know, Facebook groups, and by posting a question on your social media. You never know who’ll be able to help.

If that fails, a Google search is always a trusty tool; here’s some keywords to search for!

  • homeopathic doctor
  • all-natural medicine
  • natural solutions practitioner
  • naturopathic doctor
  • holistic solutions
  • holistic doctor
  • homeopathic remedies
  • homeopathic practitioner
  • natural wellness remedies

These should get you started on finding the perfect doctor for you!

So, what is my plan?

Like I said before, I have designed a 3-part plan for myself. The first part is Dr. Snyder’s 14-Day Rescue Plan, the second part is doTERRA’s 30-day Cleanse and Restore Plan, and the third part is Dr. McComb’s Candida Plan. I was going to just jump into the candida plan but I wouldn’t be able to do it right. And this is part of knowing oneself. I know that if I tried to go cold turkey on sugar and grain or jump back into intense daily exercise, I would fail. I need something gradual. So, I’m working my way up.

I am beginning with Dr. Syder’s plan because it allows sugar in the form of natural sugars like honey. It will allow me to begin weaning myself off of sugar by removing the seriously harmful stuff without starving the addiction, triggering that response. It also uses essential oils extensively.

I am doing doTERRA’s 30-day plan immediately after (with no downtime in between — the last day of one is the first day of the next) because it involves a lot of supplements and oils that are specifically targeted at the issues I’m struggling with — candida, sugar addiction, parasites (I used to have one and I’m concerned about it coming back), etc. It is also an opportunity to adjust my diet to look more like the candida diet and therefore push myself gradually a little bit more.

I am doing the Candida Plan because my system needs a complete overhaul and clear-out. This is the absolute best way to achieve it. In this stage, I’ll be removing all sugars, grains, dairy, and other allergens from my diet completely. No cheating. I’ll have supplements and continue using my oils.

Obviously, the ultimate goal is healing, but I’m hoping for massive weight loss as well. I’m not one of those people who’s weight is caused by simply eating too much. All my weight issues are symptoms of underlying problems. As I always say, treat the root, not the symptom. Too many people look at a symptom and assume it’s the only problem. Our bodies are one being. We are not separate systems, we are one. If one branch of that system is out of whack, the rest of it will be too.

I don’t tell you what my plan is in order to persuade you that this is the best solution. This is the best solution for me to achieve my health and wellness, but not necessarily for you. The past 14 years have been spent studying myself, learning about my body, what triggers which response, what exercise can do for me, which diets are best, etc, etc, etc. I know my body better than any doctor ever could and I’m offering you the opportunity to enjoy the same freedom. There is no requirement to commit to the first doctor I come across because I have the power to listen to him and decide if he is right about his assumptions because I actually know. I choose my path, I choose my solutions and I truly do know best. It’s an incredible feeling.

Please don’t misunderstand me – this is not to say that doctors do not have value. On the contrary, they have a great deal of value and I am very grateful to some of those I have worked with. But not all. See? It’s up to you who you allow yourself to take advice from. Don’t assume that because they have the word “doctor’ in front of their name that they automatically know best, because they may not. Know your body, do your research, and don’t be afraid to go to someone else.

I hope that was helpful! What issues do you think you’re dealing with? How long have you had them? Are they similar to mine?

Good luck, friends. Follow me on Instagram @thehealthyhomelife to see how my journey goes!

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