Most of you have been drawn to me either by my 80 pound weight loss, my battle with estrogen or diagnosis of Hashimoto's disease. Not a day goes by where I don't receive an email from a reader that says, "I have the same thing as you, how did you fix it?" I cringe when I get these emails. What I really want to tell them is this is not how to get answers to your health.
To your defense, you're frustrated. Frustrated with a medical system that is severely lacking in preventative care and not equipped to deal with the conditions that affect the body as a whole. Frustrated that you can't get answers but friends this is not how to get answers to your health.
First, no one has the answer to your health. If they tell you they do, run in the opposite direction because they're lying to you.
Your health is you. It's individual. It will never be the same as your next door neighbor's, your best friend, or even your twin sister. A number of factors go into your health. Here's a few to consider.
Exposure to environmental chemicals & toxins, food & water quality, exposure to GMO's, pesticides, chemicals, level of immunity, types & quality of medications, DNA, lifestyle, physical activity, nutrition, vitamin & mineral deficiencies, mental health and medical history.
Every person in this world has a different path in their life that defines their health.
That path is what led them to the health condition they are experiencing today. No two people have the same exact path in life that get them to that same condition. You simply cannot compare your health to another person's health and expect the same result.
When you, my reader email me asking how I "cured" my Hashimoto's, I throw my head in a pillow screaming because one, Hashimoto's is not curable and two, I feel like a failure for not helping you see that what's happened to me is not the same as what's happening to you. Even if I tell you the exact steps I've taken, it doesn't mean it will "cure" you.
My frustration is also with the poor education our society has given us around managing our health. We're in a world where people have become programmed for quick fixes. That includes you! We've become a bunch of Stepford Wives. Give me a prescription, I'll fill it at Walmart and I'll feel better in an hour.
My dear reader, it's time for some tough love.
If you're suffering from a medical condition like missing periods that you can't get answers to or you're trying to lose weight and aren't being successful, stop looking for a quick fix and get help. The right help.
I can't tell you how many people told me they've been to every specialist under the sun for their missing periods. When I ask them if they've seen a functional doctor or naturopath, they say "what's that." Exactly. You're not looking for the right help. I know this, because I spent two years of my life and thousands of dollars working with the wrong professionals.
What's the right kind of help?
A functional doctor, a naturopath, a functional registered dietician, holistic nutrition practitioner or a health coach. These professionals treat the body as a whole and can direct you to the right resource.
Why does working with the body as a whole matter?
For certain things, you need every body system to work together. For example, you can't lose weight if you're a stressed out mess with bad digestion. Sorry, it's not going to happen no matter how few calories you eat. Things have to be addressed in a certain way, and these professionals know how to do that.
Not working with a professional is also dangerous. It increases your risk for contraindications. Let's say you're on cholesterol medication. Cholesterol medication has contraindications with many supplements. A lot of medications do. What if you combined a health supplement with the wrong medication because you read somewhere on the internet it worked for someone else? You'll end up worse than you started.
I'm not telling you this to scare you. I'm telling you this because I want you to find the right answers to your health. I've been through this, and I really wish I would have had someone like me to turn to when I was going through my own personal hell with my body. This is the reason I became a health coach and nutrition practitioner so I would have the education to help myself and others.
Accept that no magic pill does not exist.
Stop wasting your time looking for a quick fix on the internet or doing a 10 day weight loss program that will get you no where. God didn't stamp each one of us like a box of cereal and make us the same for a reason. We're not created equal and therefore, there is no one size fits all. That's why these professionals exist, and why health coaching is a growing field.
So what's the solution?
Stop comparing yourself to others. Find the right professional and invest in your health. You will save yourself time, money and whole lot of frustration in the long run. Trust me, I've been through it.