At the age of 40 I was suffering from heartburn and Tums were my best friend. It did not matter what time of day it was, the pain was constant. I would get comments like "Get used to the heart burn at your age!" Nothing seemed to work. I felt that I needed a medical diet plan. The fact was that I not only was gaining weight, I was in constant pain from my neck down with tightness and fatigue, and at times it felt like I was having a heart attack. I tried dieting and even starving myself, but this made me fearful of eating. No matter what I did, it just made matters worse.
[I suffered like this for years and] at age 47 I was overweight, depressed, and tired all the time; there was no joy in my life. I was stuck and my health was declining. My body ached and I had constant neck, joint and back pain. No matter what I tried I couldn’t relieve the acid re-flux, stomach pain and bloating. It was constant and getting severe. My life consisted of getting up in the morning, going to work, coming home, and going to bed. That was the cycle, day in and day out. I lost all my ambition and motivation, and had no incentive to do anything fun or otherwise.
After a few years of living or should I say not living, my family suggested that I should go to a gastroenterologist for testing. I agreed. I felt there had to be something medically wrong. All I knew at that time was that I wasn't going to turn fifty years old feeling like this. There had to be a better way. Little did I know God was leading me on a fantastic journey.
I was diagnosed with a pre-cancerous condition known as Barrett's Esophagus. I had choices to make regarding my treatment plan. The doctors were recommending prescription drugs, but I was not a big fan of taking medications. I began to look for a holistic and natural approach.
This is where my journey began. I consulted with a nutritionist in Manhattan and was given a protocol which included whole foods and supplements. Following that plan to a T, I was starting to feel better, and the reflux was gone, my pain was subsiding and best of all I was finally losing some weight! Family and friends were so supportive that it became easy to overcome the many obstacles I came across.
I made an appointment with a naturopathic doctor. Through immunotherapy and healthier whole foods choices I began to address many of my medical conditions including the Barrett's Esophagus. Other conditions I had experienced are: acid reflux, diverticulosis, fibromyalgia, neck and back pain, Lyme Disease, depression, memory loss, hormonal issues, candida, H. Pylori along with environmental and food allergies. I was just a mess--- No, I was a DISASTER!
I began eliminating foods from my diet like white flour, sugar, red meats, dairy, coffee, fried and processed foods. This was a milestone in my plan. I was understanding that I had food sensitivities and they were contributing to my unexplained weight gain. These foods were causing the inflammation in my body and the other symptoms and health issues I was experiencing.
I opted to use chiropractors and even tried acupuncture to address the joint, neck and back pain. These treatments made a significant difference for me! I was able to walk without pain. My acupuncturist gave me a Ph balance chart to assist with my food plan and it really simplified eating.
On this journey of life-style change, whole foods, supplements and homeopathic remedies, my life was being transformed and my body changed. I lost ninety pounds during the year! Wow I was feeling fantastic! I began believing that I was Blessed and Highly Favored!
Through my discomfort and health issues, is how God's plan for me led me to design and create “Healthy Living Networking.” It provides me with a way to reach out and share experiences, and help others on their journey to Healthy Living. I am living proof that what you eat is who are! Now I am my authentic weight. I never lost my hope and kept my faith going to find this new path that has been created for me.
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INot only do I have the most up-to-date certificates in my discipline and I am Member of the (AADP) American Association of Drugless Practitioners and a Board Certified Health Practitioner and I practice what I Teach. I studied and received My Certified Health Coach Certificate through the Instiatute of Intergrative Nutrition.(IIN)
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