Are You Open to Integrative Healing?

As a nutrition coach, I work with a lot of clients who want to use food as a form of medicine. I attracted these clients because it’s an approach that I’ve taken over the years and studied in great depth. I’ve eliminated migraines through food. I’ve eliminated the pain from interstitial cystitis and endometriosis. Now, I use food to help manage multiple sclerosis.

Having had such an incredible experience, I want to share this information with others so if they desire, they can do the same for their health.

Food as medicine

Food is incredibly effective at reducing inflammation in the body and creating an environment that supports healing. I could not be more passionate about spreading this message to anyone who is interested. Ironically, though, I find it also important to remind clients that while food is medicine, it doesn’t have to be our only form of medicine.

Adopting an integrative approach

It’s easy to get caught up in one way of thinking that we forget to stay open to another way... or better yet, an integrative approach. We live at a time where both sides of medicine are advancing. Modern medicine is rapidly advancing every single day. And while nature’s medicine isn’t “advancing”, per se, it’s always been powerful and effective; What is advancing is the science to back it up.

What this means is that we now have the advantage to leverage the best of both worlds - traditional medicine and holistic medicine. There is a place in this world for medicine. It saves lives. While it shouldn’t be our first and only line of defense for non-life threatening issues, in my opinion, but we also shouldn’t feel guilty or like a failure should we need to use it on occasion

Give yourself the opportunity to evaluate what your body most needs on a case by case basis. Ask yourself:

  • What prompted your body to get out of balance?
  • What will help it return to balance?
  • What do intuitively believe your body need at this time?
  • Get any testing you need to get a proper diagnosis.

Discuss these needs with the care team. (The team that you selected and best supports your approach to healing.) Decide which treatment options makes the most sense for you and commit 100% to it. Move forward with confidence that you chose the healing plan that best honors you and your body.

Tracking changes

The next step is equally important: Pay attention to the results. How do you feel since implementing changes? Of course, it often takes time to experience results - especially when working with food and if an ailment or condition has been around for a while. This is where journals can come in handy.

Some things you can track include:

  • Pain levels
  • Energy
  • Digestive health
  • Elimination
  • Mood
  • Sleep
  • Appetite
  • Skin/Complexion
  • Mental clarity

If these markers are moving in the right direction then you’re on a good path. Keep it going. If you don’t notice a change, check to see if you’ve given it enough time. If after about three months you’re not noticing any change or you’re going in the opposite direction, you may want to revisit your plan. Health is an evolving process. We never “arrive” at good health. Give yourself the grace to freely chose the plan that works with your body to heal. And remember, no matter which path you chose: Your body is always... always worth the time and effort it takes to support it back to health.

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