Holistic Healing Modalities

Looking into holistic healing came when I first visited my homeopathic doctor using biofeedback and as they say the rest is history! I love how holistic health has changed me, my life and how I have adapted it as a new lifestyle. I can’t say enough good things about holistic health and it’s benefits. I have only tried a handful of the modalities so far which I list below.

  • Ayurveda
  • Biofeedback
  • Breath Work
  • Chakras
  • Crystal Healing

There are many more holistic healing modalities to consider. Here is a link of a list and description for each type.

Walking out of the western medical doctors office back in January 2015 with a feeling of absolute despair was the turning point that changed my life for the good permanently. Finding my way into the holistic world of healing and adapt the lifestyle saved my life!

There are ways to heal crohns and colitis and other diseases to avoid prescription drugs and surgery I’ve proven this over the past 32 months. It’s been a long road but worth the changes to my life because now I am happier, healthier and hopeful person.

Hope, peace & love ~Andrea

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Finding your place after illness

In 21 months I ended a 3 year toxic relationship, removed people out of my life that were negative, quit my job, relocated, and moved into a new home.  I have been searching for a new job, getting ready to go back to school and I am in the process of opening a tree farm business.  All of these are all on the go, in motion, and going to happen….stay tuned!!

I shouldn’t forget to mention adapted to living a different lifestyle, learned more about myself than I thought possible, healed crohns and colitis, and many other ailments, recovering and working hard getting back on my feet so I can start living a normal life again.

Rebuilding a life after illness is not an easy task! Staying balanced so that I don’t have a set back is complex. I have to stay centered, routine can’t faulter, planning and scheduling is important to keep my life in balance while many aspects are changing.

The Huffington Post: How to repair your life after a flare-up 

I’m starting all over again….again! It takes hard work, perseverance, persistence, positive attitude, determination, and I did it all on my own. In the healing process my homeopathic practitioner has been a great help in many ways for that one hour each month that goes above and beyond what she offers in her practice.  I keep her words with me until the next visit which gets me through more times than I can count.  Each visit has been transforming, learning, laughing, relaxing and becoming friends.

Finding your place after illness has one major aspect that screams at you repeatedly and that is to take it one step at a time. I keep saying to myself slow and steady. It’s so much more than getting back into a life. It’s getting your physical body back on track, building muscle, stamina, getting back into a routine.  None of which just happens it’s a struggle, it’s hard work and because I am not fully recovered yet I don’t have the energy to muster most days of the week to accomplish much but I try as hard as I can to check something off my list each day.

Living with chronical illness – Chris Kresser

The hardest time was when I was not seeing any results but once I could see measurable progression I had something tangible to hold on to and that has carried me through and has given me hope. The struggle is real, it’s concrete, but in small steps it’s manageable and in time doable. I can’t believe how long it has taken me to get this far. I have to admit I’m working at this through what they call brain fog, a bit of a haze but I’m going to get there and that moment my life shifts, look out world, you haven’t seen anything yet!

As you find your place back in your life it will be a different life, your old life will not suit your new life. Severe illness changes a person, you will find your interests and priorities change, you will look back and see that most of your past you were running on autopilot, that you were making life decisions based on other people and that you didn’t know what was important to you until  you found yourself not in control.

The ones closest to me will notice a change in me and the way I live my life, my transformation is noticeable, and it was necessary but I am still unsure why and for what purpose I had to go through all this, although I’m sure I will figure it out soon.  In some ways I feel it happened for a reason….maybe even a number of reasons.

I feel for everyone who has to start over and find their place in this big old world after any kind of illness, I know what you are going through and I wish you luck, patients, health and happiness. Find the building blocks that you need to make finding your place back in the real world a graceful and beautiful success! Keep going! You got this!

What building block(s) do you use to help find your place after illess?

Peace, hope & love ~Andrea

Chronic Illness ~ Fatigue, Exhaustion & Weakness Explained

Debilitating! The one word that describes how autoimmune diesases affects our bodies. Have you ever had a cold so severe you were exhausted and weak, so weak that you could hardly move, barley get out of bed? Weakness that lingered in your legs and arms that let you know that the amount of physical activity you just used was far too much….and you only walked to the bathroom? As a healthy individual you were able to deal for the couple of days maybe a week that it lasted then bounce back to your normal self.

Autoimmune diseases affect the body in a much more severe way that no one can understand unless you have experienced it. We don’t bounce back, we endure with the fatigue, weakness and exhaustion for months on end and it is by far much more extreme than what healthy people experience with the cold or flu. Healthy people bounce back after a nap or a good night sleep. Individuals with chronic illness do not bounce back. If we have a good day and over do it than we suffer even more the next day. We are more depleted the next day and this could go on for days even weeks, not being able to recharge fully.

Once we work at finding remission we still have to recover. The recovery period is different but just as debilitating in that we have to work up to normal again. Doctors were unable to help me and I suffered with anemia from October 2011 to mid 2015. Do you realize what that does to the body? My muscles were wasted to the point that I couldn’t make a full muscle and when I did it would fall limp and I was unable to make that muscle again for a long period of time.

Not only was my anemia reeking havoc on my body so was Crohns and Colitis which are autoimmune diseases that are fighting against the body. In explaining how autoimmune disease attack the body shows how hard we have to work to regain our health after a flare. I also suffer with Graves Disease and Fibromyalgia, that’s 4 autoimmune diseases in 1 body. Another thing to realize is that the human body heals itself but it takes as long to heal as it took to get the body as sick as it was.

All through these healing stages we are dealing with debilitating fatigue, weakness and exhaustion which makes it impossible to function most days. There is so much more to autoimmune diseases than what you find on webMD, mayo clinic and other google searches. Healing requires an exorbitant amount of sleep which is when your body is repairing itself. Understanding and patience is all I need from family and friends, I hope my fellow spoonies find these two qualities in the ones closest to them.

hope, peace & love ~Andrea

 

 

 

Ama & Intermittent Fasting

Ama is unique to ayurveda; it builds up in your GI track when food is not digested properly. When our ability to digest food becomes impaired, the body can no longer absorb essential nutrients. Undigested and partially digested food lingers in the body, leading to the formation of ama. Ayurveda views ama as one of the most threatening opponents to good health, linking the majority of health disorders in some way to the presence of this substance. Simply stated, ama is undigested food that begins to eat you which causes inflammation and disease.

Causes of Ama:

  • Overeating
  • Eating before the previous meal is digested
  • Not making lunch the main meal; eating large meals at night
  • Ice drinks and cold-food meals
  • Food that isn’t fresh, pure and organic – old food, stale food, packaged foods
  • Eating without full attention on the meal; watching TV or reading
  • Eating too quickly
  • Eating while emotionally upset
  • Not taking the heaviest parts of the meal first when the agni (digestive fire) is strongest
  • Not engaging in light, enjoyable exercise daily whenever possible, or a few times a week

Intermittent fasting is an important part of your health as much as eating is. Allowing the body to fast is important to allow the GI track to eliminate and regenerate ready for the next meal. Common intermittent fasting methods involve daily 16 hour fasts, or fasting for 24 hours, twice per week.  Humans have actually been fasting throughout evolution. Sometimes it was done because food was not available. There are a few different ways to fast but the one that is natural to me is the 16/8 method. But I don’t do this often it actually happens naturally. I don’t force myself to fast nor will I ever.

  • The 16/8 Method: Also called the Leangains protocol, it involves skipping breakfast and restricting your daily eating period to 8 hours, for example from 1 pm to 9 pm. Then you “fast” for 16 hours in between.

Benefits of intermittent fasting:

  • reduces stress and inflammation
  • lose weight and belly fat
  • changes the function of cells, genes and hormones
  • beneficial for heart health
  • various cellular repair processes
  • what’s good for your gut is good for your brain
  • longevity
  • reduces insulin resistance, lowering your risk of Type 2 Diabetes

All about AMA

Shattering the myth of fasting for women

Mark’s Daily Apple

Ama: The Antithesis of Agni

I can’t stress how important is it to live a balanced life! A holistic lifestyle is a gentle way to treat your body which in my way of thinking is the natural and best way.

Peace ~Andrea