How Quarantine Stress Affects Your Body

We’re living in a time of really high stress – there’s no doubt about that. Our worlds have become smaller, and our worries are a whole lot bigger. High stress in your body means high cortisol levels. High cortisol can impact your health in so many different ways, both big and small. Stress during quarantine is impacting us all to some degree, so being aware of what this might look like should be important to you.

This information isn’t intended to scare you or make you even more stressed. This information is intended to help you reflect on how well you might be managing your stress right now. Knowing what signs to look for may help you prioritize strategies that can help you balance your cortisol.

What is Cortisol?

Cortisol is known as the “stress hormone”, because it plays a crucial role in how the body responds to stress. However, there is much more that cortisol plays a role in. It is a very important hormone for overall health and wellness, as it also plays a role in metabolism, inflammation, blood pressure, blood sugar levels, and memory.

High Cortisol Effects on the Body

When it comes to cortisol, the most important aspect is balance. While a certain amount of cortisol is vital for regular healthy body function, an overproduction can lead to many significant health issues. All of the following are common signs of high cortisol.

Anxiety. I know, I know! As if being stressed about self-isolation and more wasn’t enough, high cortisol can further promote anxiety. Stress causes, well, more stress. It’s a bit of a vicious cycle, and it can be really difficult to get out of, especially when this becomes a more chronic or ongoing issue.

Depression. There’s no doubt that high cortisol impacts mental health. Many people with depression have high cortisol levels. However this is not really a one way street. Stress and depression have more of a circular relationship, where they both influence one another.

Digestive Problems. In times of particularly high stress, your body will restrict functions deemed as “non-essential”, as our body remains in a fight-or-flight state. This includes digestive function. Blood flow may be restricted, holding your digestive system back from functioning properly.

Headaches. In a fight-or-flight state, the brain releases certain chemicals that result in changes in vascularity. These chemicals work to dilate and restrict blood vessels. This can cause headaches and migraines.

Sleep Problems. Those worrisome thoughts that keep you awake at night also keep you from having a good quality sleep. This can sabotage your mood the following day, and lead to even more stress. Sleep problems can look like trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or just not having a good quality sleep.

Bloating. Stress causes a fluctuation of hormones, which alone can lead to bloating. High stress can also influence your gut bacteria, throwing your microbiome out of whack as a result and also leading to bloating.

• Memory Impairment. Have you not quite felt like yourself lately? Stress can lead to forgetfulness, confusion, and memory problems. The way your body reacts to stress changes the way our brain processes information. You might be forgetting particular parts of conversations you’ve had, or putting your belongings in bizarre places.

What You Can Do To Combat Quarantine Stress

Stay Connected. Not being able to catch up with your friends and family in person can impact your mood and leave you feeling lonely. Nothing can replace a warm hug from your loved ones, but for the time being take advantage of what you can do to stay connected. Try FaceTime, Skype, or HouseParty so you can see your people face to face.

Keep Moving. Daily movement promotes a balance mood and can help stave off stress! Whether that’s a walk that allows for social distancing, yoga in your living room, or a 20 minute bodyweight workout, daily activity whether short or long can help combat stress.

Engage in Enjoyable Activities. Yes, it’s fun every once in a while to binge hours of a new show! But don’t forget to engage in the other activities you enjoy. Art, photography, baking, reading – you have so many options. Doing enjoyable activities when possible can help you pass the time more easily.

Take Time For You. If you are alone right now or have a lot of time to yourself, this suggestion might seem silly. But just because you have the time doesn’t mean you make it meaningful to you. Taking time to yourself means planning out something that’s just got you. If you are taking care of others right now, really take this suggestion to heart. Try to get your own physical space for at least 30 minutes a day to do something that’s just for you.

I hope you found this information helpful. I would love to hear more about what you’re doing to combat stress during this unprecedented time – feel free to share below.

Take care Babes.

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Sleep Routine for Anxiety

There are many different factors in your life that can contribute to your anxiety. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, because it means that these factors can be leveraged as tools to support your mental health. A couple of major influences on your anxiety levels include lack of sleep duration or lack of quality sleep. Each of these factors can have a great impact on your mental health.  A sleep routine catered to your needs can make a big difference in your mental health.

What is a Sleep Routine?

Perhaps the idea of a sleep routine is foreign to you, so let’s start with the basics. A sleep routine is a routine you practice every night before you sleep. This could last any length of time that works for you. Some people have a 15 minute sleep routine, whereas others have one that takes 2 hours. It’s all about creating a sequence of activities that suits you.

What are the Benefits of a Sleep Routine?

Falling Asleep

There is so much that a sleep routine can offer, especially for those struggling with anxiety. Firstly, a sleep routine can help you fall asleep. Falling asleep is so difficult for some people, as this time of day tends to remove distractions and can leave you with your own racing thoughts. By setting a predetermined sequence of events, you can teach your body to expect sleep once the routine is complete. Of course, this can take some time. But if you struggle with getting to sleep, it’s totally worth it.

Duration of Sleep

Let’s face it: there’s never enough time in the day to get everything done! But it can be tough to settle in when you feel like your to-do list is piling up. This is another good reason to start a sleep routine. A big part of the routine is having a set time at which the routine begins. This allows you to stay consistent with your bedtime.

Not only that, but creating a consistent flow of sleep duration (when you go to sleep and get up) will allow you to sleep better throughout the night. Again, this call comes back to creating expectations. Your body will know when it is time to sleep, and eventually how long it can expect to sleep by repeating the same pattern.

Quality of Sleep

Giving yourself time and space to wind down at the end of the night can enhance the quality of your sleep too. Slowly bringing yourself to a state of relaxation can influence the quality of your sleep. Plus, if a part of your sleep routine includes managing some things that will help you in the morning (such as choosing your outfit or packing your lunch), this can impact your stress and cortisol levels, which in turn influences your sleep.

Sleep Routine Ideas

Your sleep routine should be as unique as you are. It’s important to add in elements that help you wind down, reduce stress, and create a sense of routine. Here are some ideas of what you can implement:

  • Herbal, non-caffeinated tea
  • Bath or shower
  • Reading
  • Essential Oils
  • Dim lights
  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Skincare
  • Breathing exercises
  • Colouring
  • Stretching
  • Journaling
  • Light a candle
  • Relaxing music

Having a sleep routine can influence your mental health and your anxiety in a positive way. It can help you feel more prepared so that you worry less and relax easier. It does require a little bit of conscious decision making and consistency, but it’s so worth it for the benefit it can bring.

Sleep well!

What To Do After a Panic Attack

Anxiety is a unique experience and can vary from one individual to the next. Some people experience anxiety daily, other people have more intermittent anxiety. Some people get anxious about certain situations (social situations, for example). Other people have seemingly no reason to be anxious at all, but experience it anyways. Some people experience panic attacks, and other people with anxiety do not.

Panic attacks are described as the sudden onset of intense fear that builds and reaches a peak. On average, symptoms last about 10 minutes. Symptoms include:

  • Trembling or shaking
  • Increased heart rate
  • Fear of losing control
  • Chest pains, shortness of breath
  • Derealization (feeling as though the experience is not real)
  • Depersonalization (feeling detached from oneself)
  • Fear of dying
  • Tingling or numbness
  • Dizziness

Having a panic attack is a very terrifying experience. They can happen at any time, whether the individual is currently in an anxious state or not.

There have been a lot of preventative measures for anxiety shared on this blog, but this post focuses more specifically on what to do once the panic attack has already happened.

Because lets face it: you can take your supplements, eat your healthy food, exercise, and take great care of yourself – but despite that, panic attacks still happen.

Here are 4 things you can do after a panic attack for comfort and self care. These tips cant undo what you’ve been through, but are intended to help you get through the “coming down” phases that often follows a panic attack.

Get Cozy

Utilizing physical comfort after an anxiety attack can help invite in a state of relaxation. This can help you come down from the attack in a safe, comfortable space.

This might mean getting into your pajamas and crawling into bed, or grabbing a blanket and getting comfortable on the couch. If you have a weighted blanket, this would be the perfect time to use it.

Weighted blankets utilize a technique referred to as deep touch pressure therapy. Is has been shown that pressure on the body can trigger a release of serotonin. A release of serotonin can help you feel more calm and peaceful.

Use Positive Self-Talk

It is common for those dealing with anxiety to be overwhelmed with negative self-talk, and this can be especially detrimental during of after a panic attack.

Getting down on yourself because you’ve had a panic attack can lead to shame. This shame can lead to sadness and guilt, which can lead to anxiety. This can trigger the cycle to start again.

It’s important to remind yourself that having a panic attack does not make you any less of a person. You are worthy and you matter, and you deserve to feel good again, and you will.

You are only human – and you are doing the best you can.

Reach out for Support

If you have a safe person who can empathize with your anxiety and panic, you can reach out to them after a panic attack for support. Sometimes, the most powerful tool we have anxiety a panic attack is a small reminder that we are not alone.

You may be able to reach out to someone where you are. If not, perhaps there is a trusted friend or family member you could text or call. You could also consider calling a crisis or support line, if you need to.

You should never have to feel like you are alone in this. In fact, 1.5-4% of the general population experiences panic attacks. This percentage may be small, but considering there are 579 million people in North America alone, that means that at least 8,685,000 people are going through what you are going through – and again, that’s just in North America. You are not alone.

Drink Tea

Like getting cozy, drinking tea provides warmth, comfort, and an avenue of self-care after a panic attack. But the benefit to drinking tea is actually two-fold.

Many of the herbs and other ingredients used in tea are helpful in managing anxiety. For example, chamomile is helpful in promoting relaxation. Holy Basil is another great one, known as an adaptogen which can help regulate cortisol levels. Ashwaghanda is another adaptogen that helps with cortisol. These can be found at most health food stores and steeped.

By drinking tea, not only will you be promoting relaxation externally with the practice of making and drinking it, but the properties of the ingredients can help regulate your stress and anxiety from the inside-out.

I know firsthand just how difficult a panic attack can be to go through. Never forget that there is light on the other side. You can help yourself by utilizing these methods to help you recover.

It’s always tough in the moment, but you will come out of it and be okay again.

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April Update

Hello everyone!

I’ve missed you all so much this month! I haven’t been able to connect with you as much as I’d like. But if I were to have any reason, I hope a vacation in Mexico is good enough!

Vacations are funny. For me, they take a decent amount of preparation beforehand, and then require a lot of catching up once I’m back. I’ve learned to handle life accordingly and leave myself time before and after to take care of those things – it helps me keep my sanity!

But of course, a good trip is always worth it.

Surf Boards in Sayulita

Matthew and I spent a week staying in Puerto Vallarta. We took full advantage of our time there and visited all the towns that surround it – Bucerias, Sayulita, Mismaloya, and Yelapa.

Ever since Matthew and I met, I’ve been asking him to vacation down south with me. This, coupled with the fact that the Calgary winter was an especially long one, made this trip really special for me. We had adventures every single day – from deciding where to have lunch, to hopping on the bus and praying we get off in the right town!

What I love about spending quality time with my partner and seeing them in different environments is that you get the chance to see them in new ways. How do they handle getting completely and utterly lost? What are their vacation priorities? How are they at learning a new language?

It took all week for Matthew to learn the word for “bathroom” in Spanish, but it was entertaining watching him re-learn and forget it over the week. He didn’t mind when I flubbed over new words myself – hah! It’s funny, the moments that end up sticking with you.

I’m so thankful for this trip because it reminded me that once you take a break from social media, enjoy quiet, and actually sit back and look at your life, you can have some pretty amazing moments. You get the chance to really check in with yourself and reassess.

Aside from the trip which was phenomenal, I do have some other exciting things coming up!

I am hosting another Intuitive Eating Workshop in May at SURFSET YYC – it has been the most popular workshop yet – I think in large part because it affects us all on some level to varying degrees. We are over stressed and often over-fed…. and not with the good stuff!

Secondly, in just a couple days my newest ebook is set to be released 👏🏻!

The Strong Babe Summer Guide is not your average diet book – in fact, it’s not a diet book at all. It’s a nutrition and lifestyle JUMPSTART to get you in the right mindset for summer and inspire your inner health nut!

Deprivation and yo-yo dieting are so last year. The Strong Babe Summer Guide is all about nutrients, delicious food, and eating until you are actually full. Plus there are going to be tons of tips on lifestyle, supplements, and self-love.

I’m looking forward to hearing what you guys think of it!

Believe it or not this is the third ebook I’ve written.

The first one, Anxiety Workbook, is for my fellow Anxiety Warriors looking for a holistic resource on how to help themselves. This ebook is so near and dear to my heart – if you have anxiety I highly recommend checking it out!

The second one, Easy-Peasy Meal Prep Guide, is a 100% free ebook to help you organize your food for the week! I would get so many comments and questions regarding meal prep, and I realized that this resource could be something that really helps people. Plus, it’s created in such a way that it can cater to you no matter what your diet is like!

 

Thank you so much for catching up with me today! As summer quickly approaches I wonder, do you have any exciting summer plans you are looking forward to? I would love to hear about it!

Chat soon!

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Ambition vs Agoraphobia

When I was in grade 7, we were given a project in art class that required us to choose one word that we felt best described ourselves – we had to write it on this big poster paper and make it, well, a piece of art.

I used vibrant colours, big, graffiti-esque lettering, and I wrote “AMBITION” across the page.

From a young age I knew I wanted more than just an okay life. I was going to reach for the stars,and no one was going to stop me. I was a driven, stubborn youngster with fire in my veins. Only years later would I learn the self-discipline required to allow my ambitions to shine through. That was the secret -the follow through- and I was as determined as ever before. I would be a success!

But for all my stubbornness in deciding that “no one” would stop me, I didn’t realize that one of the biggest obstacles to step in my way would be myself. Growing up, anxiety would become a battle for me – especially through my teenage years and young adulthood.

In my early twenties, I went through a difficult period in which I didn’t even want to leave my home. I didn’t leave my 500 sq foot apartment for 3 days. My sister (who is an absolute angel) came to my rescue. Although terrified, hand in hand she would take me to the doctors that day to try and get some help.

In time I realized that what I was struggling with was Agoraphobia, which is a fear and/or avoidance of any environment deemed dangerous. For me, this has always meant anywhere outside my home. It’s an anxiety disorder and is common for those who struggle with other anxiety or panic disorders. For many like me, their home becomes their “safe place”, and one becomes afraid to leave.

Any individual person who struggles with Agoraphobia will have their own individual fears and places they avoid, and in that way it is unique. Most find it easier to leave the house with a person they trust.

For me, Agoraphobia is an indication that my anxiety has reached its peak. I have dealt with it on and off over the years – the feeling creeps in slowly and suddenly I prefer the safety of my home than the uncertainty of the outside world. I feel a sense of impending doom, feeling that something bad is definitely going to happen to me if I leave.

At the same time, I beat myself up for being unable to do something so simple: step foot outside my home.

My ambition, my drive, it pulls at me too. And it pains me to think about the opportunities I may have missed, or might miss in the future, because of this agoraphobia. I can do my best to care for myself and reduce my anxiety, but I can’t plan my life around predicting when it will strike me.

My dreams are enormous and my motivation is great, but sometimes it’s like my ambition is holding one hand and my agoraphobia is holding the other, and they are both pulling at me.

I deal with the agoraphobia the same way I deal with my anxiety – by practicing good self care and being kind to myself. If I can’t leave the house that day, I can’t. If it’s too hard to do anything but watch something mindless on Netflix, it’s okay. I keep my head up and I wait for tomorrow.

And sometimes, it’s better.

 

I wake up, and that day, ambition wins.

3 Ways to Naturally Increase Dopamine

Have you ever just woken up one morning and thought:

Where did my gusto go? My get out of bed and go? Why do I feel so unmotivated?

A lack of dopamine could be the culprit!

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter responsible for pleasure, reward, and motivation. Yep, it sure makes you feel good.

And when you don’t have enough of it, lack of dopamine symptoms can range from annoying to serious including:

  • lack of motivation
  • mood issues
  • addiction issues
  • fatigue
  • depression

 

So what causes a dopamine deficiency? Drugs, including caffeine, can have a negative effect. So can alcohol, sugar, stress, and low stomach acid.

Given that many of us are over-caffeinated, totally stressed, and consuming quite a bit of sugar, it’s not hard to believe that this could be a deficiency so many of us are dealing with it.

Now for the fun part: here’s what you can do about it.

1. Supplement with l-tyrosine. Tyrosine is a precursor to the dopamine neurotransmitter. Think of it as an important building block. Supplementing with this may help your body produce more dopamine! Of course, check with your doctor first if you are on any medication.

2. Get moving! Increased exercise can also increase dopamine levels. This is because your body is smart, and wants to let you know that exercise is good. Take a walk, hit up a fitness class, or check in at the nearest gym!

3. Relax. I know this one is easier said than done, but you’re adrenal glands are responsible for making dopamine. If your adrenals are fatigued, it may get in the way of dopamine production. I suggest a bath, a good nights rest, and an adaptogenic smoothie.

Use these tips to help you boost your dopamine naturally!

 

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Special Announcement – New Ebook!

Today my dreams come true and I am officially releasing this Anxiety Workbook on Standing Strong Wellness. This is such a big deal for me. As someone who has been on their own journey with anxiety over the years, I know how hard it can be to find support out there.

This ebook was born of a small idea – to combine the many aspects I have found to help balance anxiety, and bring them together in one easy, simple book.  When I finally took the leap into writing it, I dove in head first. I wanted this to not just be something that the reader could read, but something they could actually use.

That’s why I’ve included colouring pages, recipes, and examples of coping strategies. This ebook will put you to work – towards improving yourself, your mindset, and becoming the person you were always meant to be – anxiety it not.

To get downloading visit the ‘Products’ page up top, or simply click here .

And from the bottom of my heart, thank you for your ongoing love and support. Without the community I have found on here and on Instagram, the world would be a lot less shiny for me. I love you!

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Download the Anxiety Workbook for $7.99

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So You Think Anxiety is Funny?

Good, me too.

When I’m not having an episode, of course.

When I’m knee deep in anxiety, it’s not funny… it’s terrifying.

But that’s not what today’s post is all about. Today, let’s keep it on the bright side.

Anxiety is funny because it means I can handle huge life changes, but I can’t keep my shit together if you grabbed the wrong coffee at Starbucks.

Anxiety is funny because it keeps me from sleeping, especially when sleeping is the one thing that can free me from being anxious… sneaky.

Anxiety is funny because if I start screaming in public or having a panic attack, people just think I am some kind of raging lunatic. I’m not a lunatic! The whole world is crashing down around me.

Anxiety is funny because it turns a beautiful, charming, outgoing woman such as myself into a homely recluse who rarely showers. I’m cute under all these sweaters, I swear.

Anxiety is funny because it’s like having a really mean best friend… a frenemy if you will. They are constantly there, they know everything about you, and they’re just awful.

 

I’m pretty sure that the secret to longevity with anxiety is not just learning how to live with it, but also learning how to laugh at it.

Thanks for stopping by!

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August Update (& Exciting News!)

I know it’s not the best habit ever to look at my phone first thing every morning, but for the past couple of weeks when I open my eyes I grab my phone, click on my email, and see if I have any news from the school. You see, I’m still waiting to hear if I graduated from my program at CSNN.

Everybody has been so encouraging and telling me “of course you passed!”. I believe them, but I need confirmation! Only then will I breathe a sigh of relief.

It’s as if I’m stuck in some sort of limbo – on one hand I’m ready to take off running with my business – I have all the enthusiasm, all the passion – all the ambition! I have projects I’m working on and I’m so ready. for. this. On the other hand, I can’t yet move forward, because not only have I gotten that pass or fail news yet, but I can’t practice until after my graduation.

Although the situation isn’t completely ideal, it’s okay. It finally gave me the time I needed to launch my first product. Finally released today on Instagram: the #anxietywarrior tank!

 

This tank top started as an idea about 9 months ago, out of my passion for increasing awareness about mental health issues and to end the stigma around them. Anxiety specifically because well, if you’re new here, I live with it. And like many of you, I was tired of hiding it, for fear of what other’s might think of me. I know now that anxiety has made me what I am, and as cheesy as it sounds it has made me a better person – it’s defined who I am today.

I am not broken, I am not unlovable, I am not a mistake – I am an #anxietywarrior. I’ve been through the shit… and I make it through each and every time.

 

Tony Robbins said it’s not what we have that makes us happy in life, but rather who we become. I think I’m starting to realize that. I never chased money, and possessions have never motivated me. I’m motivated by growth. And every year I wonder, who will I be next year? And right now I feel that 2016 Jen would be really proud.

On the other hand, balance is important too. It can’t be about work and growing all the time (just most of it, right). Matthew said to me on the phone yesterday that we need to spend more time together. I wasn’t sure what he meant at first, but the more we talked, we realized that we need to make more time for fun with one another. You see, we are both the ‘workaholic’ type.We see each other in the morning, we work out together, he stops by during the day to say hello, we go to sleep at the same time every night… but occupying the same space doesn’t count. We’re both so busy, and sometimes it takes a couple of weeks to pass before we realize how much we are missing each other.

So, maybe I’ll plan something fun and special for us to do in the next couple of weeks! Put away our phones, get away from any distractions, and enjoy being together. Matthew, if you’re reading this, the wheels in my head are spinning!

 

In summary, I’m moving forward through this limbo-ish stage with nothing but positivity, and I’m looking forward to more adventures with my partner this next month! If you are curious what those adventures are going to be, please add me on Instagram where I update daily!

You can also catch me on there if you are interested in purchasing a tank, available only through Instagram for a limited time!

 

Stay Strong, Babes!

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Anti-Drug? Nope – I’m ON drugs. 

Getting into the holistic health industry is nothing short of fascinating, and on a personal level this journey has changed my life. The learning curve has been more of a steep hill, but I’ve managed it. I’ve made changes not just in food, but also in my routine , and this has given me a new way of living life.

But I still eat junk food – only much less often. I still forget to take care of myself sometimes. I still drink way too much coffee. I call this balance.

And by living in balance, I acknowledge that I’m human. Holistic health isn’t about perfection, and it’s definitely not about judgement. It’s about wholism. Holistic health practitioners do just that- they take the whole person into account. I’ve taken that approach and I’ve used it on myself because it’s what I believe in.

During my journey, I came to the realization that although diet and lifestyle was helping me so incredibly much in terms of my anxiety, it left very little room for slip-ups. What I call “slip-ups” would be things like not getting enough sleep, or eating fast food, or missing a work out. If I did, I risked the chance of being sent into an anxiety tailspin. Getting lots of sleep, eating healthy, and working out helped me tremendously, but they helped me the best when I never missed a beat. But what about the whole “being human” thing?

I decided that I couldn’t live so regimented. Yes, there are many ways to deal with anxiety without drugs. The question is, was that a life that I was capable of leading? I needed to find out what my other options were. So in addition to my ongoing wellness routine (regular baths, family time, exercise, eating well, doing activities I enjoy) I decided to add on one more thing: DRUGS. 

I’ve been on an anti-depressant for anxiety for the last couple of months. Withholding this information was not meant to mislead anyone, actually, it was because I didn’t want to share my personal experience until I actually had some personal experience to share. And now I can say, this particular prescription is really working for me.

If this makes you uncomfortable, I want to ask you this: are holistic health and pharmaceuticals really against one another, or is it a false dichotomy? For me, these drugs are a part of my holistic health routine. They aren’t opposite of my wellness routine, they are a part of it. As much as living a healthier lifestyle has helped my anxiety, I wanted to really look at every aspect of my life and make sure I was doing what’s best for me.

So many people think I’m anti-drug. SO many. Guys – there are drugs out there that literally save lives. I know this. I appreciate this. Drugs help people. I’m not anti-drug.

I’m anti-quick fix. I’m anti-the-over-prescription of meds. I’m anti-bandaid approach.

For me, being on anti-depressants isn’t a quick fix. I’ve decided to do this for myself after a lot of careful consideration. It’s not a band-aid. It’s as simple as the idea that my body doesn’t make enough serotonin – so I’m doing what I need to do for the betterment of my health. I haven’t regretted it even for one second.

 

Admittedly, sometimes I make posts on social media regarding the benefits of food as medicinal – ones that may have seemed contradictory, like this:

 

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I can see where the confusion comes in. I have to say, I am not irresponsible enough to ever encourage anyone to stop taking their medication and replace it with food. The point I often try to make is that drugs are not more important than food.

Can’t they both be important?

Wellness isn’t taking a pill – it’s so much more. And the fact is, there are hundreds of thousands of people out there that could attain better health and no longer need to be on medication. But they don’t know that. Type two diabetes, for example, is not a life sentence – with adequate support and a change in lifestyle it can be reversed. Or what about acid re-flux? If you get to the root of the problem, you may no longer find that you need to take antacids before every meal anymore. When I post those photos, that’s the conversation I’m trying to start.

I fight for food education because food is the forgotten soldier. A healthy diet may help balance body systems too. A healthy diet supports longevity. A healthy diet is another tool in your pocket that you could have, and I want you to know how to use it. That is why I make posts like the ones pictured above – I hope to get people talking, and questioning.

Yes I’m on medication, but I don’t believe I would experience the same benefits from it if I didn’t live a healthy lifestyle. They work together, with one another, to help me live the best possible life.

When I started this blog, I thought holistic health meant that I had to commit to a ‘natural’ way of living and healing only. Now I know that whole foods is just a category under the umbrella of holistic health.

Thanks for reading!

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