Okay, I admit it. I was totally skeptical of the Wheat Belly craze when it began. I mean come on, aren’t whole grains supposed to be good for you? At least that’s what all of the adults in my life said. They meant well, but who knew they were wrong? Certainly not them. How could any of us know a few simple changes in diet would result in dramatic improvement of my body, mind, and spirit?
For the past four years, as my normal vitality, energy, and strength have slowly declined, I’ve looked for answers. I’ve researched, read, and studied anything that might be connected to why I’ve lost some of my drive, focus, and zest for life. I certainly wasn’t incapacitated, but neither did I feel like my normal self.
In these situations, there’s rarely a single contributor. Typically, it’s a combination of things, and like loosening a knotted necklace, you must patiently unwind each strand one at a time, until you are finally able to release the chain to extend to its full length.
One thing I needed was more rest. For years, I managed a very large river resort dealing with daily crisis from employees, customers, and leaders alike. Add the fact that year round I averaged about 65 work hours weekly. The stress it put on my adrenal glands was very unhealthy. Not good.
Multiple situations with family members heaped on more adrenal fatigue. (Don’t let anyone tell you that you can and should keep work from affecting home and home from affecting work. This is unhealthy, and the reason I speak on ways to acknowledge and reduce fallout at business conferences.)
I wasn’t getting enough sleep at night. Sometimes because of physical schedules. Sometimes because I tossed and turned over the emotional weights on my mind.
I wasn’t drinking enough water. This may sound silly, but I promise, lack of hydration, which cannot come from energy drinks or other caffeinated beverages actually sucking the water from your system, is powerfully connected to a sense of well being and feeling good.
I didn’t get outside enough. New science is proving every day how crucial this is to our overall health. Not only breathing in fresh air, but when our eyes soak in the blues in a sky, green leaves shaking on a tree, and even the chocolate brown of the ground, our internal chemistry changes in very positive ways. There’s a reason the first four letters in the word health spell heal.
I wasn’t spending enough time with God. Over and over, studies show that those with a relational faith base tend to thrive, versus just survive each day. We need regular refills in our spiritual being, or we can’t pour anything into our own lives, much less someone else’s.
I changed all of these things, and though there was improvement, I still had to battle through many days. Why couldn’t I bounce back? As I studied more, a pattern emerged. There was definitely something tied to my adrenal glands, my thyroid, and my pituitary. I had blood work done a few times, but my thyroid results always came back in the low-normal range, “Not anything to be alarmed about,” my doctor said.
My husband and I have been without health insurance for several years now, we simply cannot afford it, (the Affordable Health Care Act isn’t so affordable for us), so trying to chase down answers from various physicians was not a real option for me. Now that I know what I know however, I’m very glad this was the case.
I was forced to look for natural alternatives, my preferred plan of attack anyway. I read numerous books written by endocrinologists, and though many seemed to bullseye my symptoms, I wasn’t happy with suggestions to keep looking for a doctor who would start me on prescription meds, and/or remove my thyroid. Then I found the answer. The sad thing is, I had heard about this simple treatment several months ago, but until I felt bad enough to be desperate, I wasn’t willing to sacrifice anything to try it.
I’ve run out of time and space today, but I promise, I’ve got lots more to share. Good stuff — really good. After much prayer, research, and trial and error, I feel better than I have in a long time, and my quality of life keeps improving everyday. I can’t wait for you to hear all about it. And the cool thing is, some leading experts are saying this same change could make a dramatic difference with those suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.
So tune in on Wednesday for Part 2. This is information I wish I would have heard and listened to when my energy began to slide. And if it helps even one person suffering from PTSD, because of any traumatic event, then it could change a life. There is hope and healing is possible…it appears we’ve unknotted a chain.
Anita Fresh Faith
Romans 7:15 (NLT)
I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate.
Anita Brooks motivates others to dynamic break-throughs. Blending mind, heart, body, and spirit, as an Inspirational Business/Life Coach, International Speaker, and Common Trauma Expert.
Anita is also an award-winning author. Her titles include Amazon best seller and Golden Scroll Award finalist: Getting Through What You Can’t Get Over, Barbour Publishing, First Hired, Last Fired — How to Become Irreplaceable in Any Job Market, Leafwood Publishing, Death Defied-Life Defined: A Miracle Man’s Memoir, and contributor to The Change: Insights Into Self Empowerment Book #4. Her books are available at major and independent bookstores, Amazon, plus several online retailers.
She fulfills her mission to help 21st century women and men make fresh starts with fresh faith by sharing what she’s learned through experience, interviews, and research. Anita shares hope and encouragement on her Fresh Faith Inspirations podcast.
Anita’s favorite pastime is watching sunsets with her husband of 30 years, while they laugh and dip their toes in the water. Her favorite passion is inspiring others to transform battles into victories.
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